Pixar’s Oscar frontrunner “Inside Out” leads Tuesday’s announcement of the nominations for the 43rd annual Annie Awards with a whopping 14 bids, including Best Animated Feature, Best Directing (Pete Docter), Best Writing and Best Voice Acting (Amy Poehler and Phyllis Smith). But it’s not the only Pixar contender in the running. The studio’s “The Good Dinosaur” is close behind with 10 bids, including Animated Feature and Best Music. However, it was not nominated for writing, directing or acting. (Click here for the complete list of nominations.)
Rounding out the Animated Feature category are another computer animated film, “The Peanuts Movie” as well as the stop-motion “Anomalisa” and “Shaun the Sheep.” Each of those three picked up five nominations.
The Annie Awards are presented by the Hollywood chapter of the International Animated Film Association, but they don’t always agree with the motion picture academy. Only five of the last 10 Annie champs have lined up with Oscar: “Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit” (2005), “Ratatouille” (2007), “Up” (2009), “Rango” (2011) and “Frozen” (2013). Last year, the Annies named “How to Train Your Dragon 2” as Best Animated Feature, but the Oscar went to “Big Hero 6” instead.
Joining “Inside Out’s” Poehler and Smith in the race for Best Voice Acting are Jennifer Jason Leigh (“Anomalisa”), who also received an Indie Spirit nomination for her performance; Pierre Coffin and Jon Hamm (“Minions“); Alex Garfin and Hadley Belle Miller (“The Peanuts Movie”); and Tom Kenny (“The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water”).
The Annies also honor achievements in television. Best Animated TV Production (General Audience) is roughly equivalent to the Emmy for Best Animated Program, and this year the Annies recognized four shows: “Bob’s Burgers,” “BoJack Horseman,” “Moonbeam City” and “The Simpsons.”
Winners will be announced on February 6, 2016 at UCLA’s Royce Hall in Los Angeles, California.
How do you think this year’s Annie nominations will affect the Oscar contest? Will they match up again, or will they split for the second year in a row?
“Inside Out” Photo Credit: Moviestore/REX
“The Good Dinosaur Photo Credit: Disney/Pixar