Annie Awards: ‘How to Train Your Dragon 2’ wins six, including Best Animated Feature

 “How to Train Your Dragon 2solidified its lead for Best Animated Feature at the Oscars by dominating the Annie Awards on Saturday. This DreamWorks Animation blockbuster won six of its 10 bids at the 42nd annual edition of these kudos, including the top prize as well as Director, Character Animation, Editing, Music and Storyboarding.

Among those it edged out here for Best Animated Feature were all of its Oscar rivals:

The Boxtrolls,” which led with 13 nominations, won just two (Production Design and Voice Acting by Oscar winner Ben Kingsley). 

Big Hero 6” prevailed in just one of its seven races: Animated Effects

Song of the Sea” was shut out despite seven nominations as was “The Tale of the Princess Kaguya” in three categories. 

And what of Oscar-snubbed “The Lego Movie“? It won one of its five bids: Writing.  

Last year, “Frozen” won five of its 10 Annies bids, including Best Animated Feature, which it also took at the Oscars. 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. 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. And Animated Short went to “Get a Horse,” which famously lost the Oscar to “Mr Hublot.”

Since the Oscars introduced Best Animated Feature in 2001, the Annies have previewed the winner in nine out of 13 years; the exceptions were:

2006: “Cars” (Annie), “Happy Feet” (Oscar);

2008: “Kung Fu Panda” (Annie), “WALL-E” (Oscar);

2010: “How to Train Your Dragon” (Annie), “Toy Story 3” (Oscar); and 

2012: “Wreck-It Ralph” (Annie), “Brave” (Oscar).

Disney, which led all studios with 28 nominations, also won here with “Feast,” which leads our odds for Best Animated Short at the Oscars. And on the TV side, “Mickey Mouse” walked away with five awards. 

FILM

Best Animated Feature
How to Train Your Dragon 2,” DreamWorks Animation

Directing in an Animated Feature
Dean DeBlois, “How to Train Your Dragon 2”; DreamWorks Animation

Writing in an Animated Feature
Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, “The LEGO Movie”; Warner Bros. Pictures

Voice Acting in an Animated Feature
Sir Ben Kingsley as the voice of Archibald Snatcher, “The Boxtrolls”; Focus Features/Laika

Animated Effects in an Animated Feature
Michael Kaschalk, Peter DeMund, David Hutchins, Henrik Falt, John Kosnik, “Big Hero 6”; Walt Disney Animation Studios

Character Animation in an Animated Feature
Fabio Lignini, “How to Train Your Dragon 2”; DreamWorks Animation

Production Design in an Animated Feature
Paul Lasaine, Tom McClure, August Hall, “The Boxtrolls”; Focus Features/Laika

Animated Effects in a Live Action Feature
Steve Avoujageli, Atsushi Ikarashi, Pawel Grochola, Paul Waggoner, Viktor Lundqvist, “Edge of Tomorrow”; Sony Pictures Imageworks

Character Animation in a Live Action Feature
Daniel Barrett, Paul Story, Eteuati Tema, Alessandro Bonora, Dejan Momcilovic, “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”; Weta Digital

Best Animated Short Subject
Feast,” Walt Disney Animation Studios

TELEVISION

Best General Audience Animated TV Production
“The Simpsons,” Gracie Films in association with 20th Century Fox Television

Best Animated TV Production For Children
“Gravity Falls,” Disney Television Animation

Best Animated TV Production For Preschool Children
“Tumble Leaf,” Amazon Studios

Directing in a TV Production
Aaron Springer, “Disney Mickey Mouse”; Disney Television Animation

Writing in a TV Production
Darrick Bachman, “Disney Mickey Mouse”; Disney Television Animation

Voice Acting in a TV Production
Bill Farmer as the voice of Goofy and Grandma, “Disney Mickey Mouse”; Disney Television Animation

Character Animation in a TV Production
Justin Nichols, “Wander Over Yonder”; Disney Television Animation

Production Design in a TV Production
Narina Sokolova, “Mickey Shorts”; Disney

Best Animated Special Production
“Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey,” Voyager Pictures LLC

Best Animated Television/Broadcast Commercial
“Flight of the Stories,” Aardman Animations

Character Animation in a Video Game
Mike Mennillo, “Assassin’s Creed Unity”; Ubisoft

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