Oscar frontrunner “Frozen” did well at the Annie Awards on Saturday, winning five races including Best Animated Feature. However, one of its Oscar rivals, “The Croods,” picked up three prizes and another, “The Wind Rises,” won the writing award. One of the other two Oscar contenders — “Despicable Me 2” — prevailed with just one of its nine bids while the other — “Ernest and Celestine” — was shut out entirely.
“Frozen” and Oscar-snubbed “Monsters University” led with 10 bids apiece at the 41st edition of these awards which were handed out in a lively ceremony at UCLA’s Royce Hall presided over by Patrick Warburton.
Aside from the top trophy, “Frozen” also claimed Direction, Music, Production Design and Voice Acting (Josh Gad as the snowman).
“The Croods” took Animated Effects, Character Animation and Character Design.
“Monsters University” won Storyboarding and Editorial.
The leading Oscar contender for Animated Short, “Get a Horse,” won that prize here.
Over on the TV side, the big winners were the Hallowe’en special “Toy Story of TERROR!” and Disney Channel’s “Mickey Mouse” with three awards each while “Futurama” claimed two.
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