"Brave," "Rise of the Guardians," and "Wreck-It Ralph" are the top nominees at the Annie Awards honoring the best achievements in film and television animation, presented by the International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood. The three films earned 10 nominations apiece, including Best Animated Feature.
Close behind with eight bids are "ParaNorman" and "Hotel Transylvania." Rounding out the Animated Feature category are Tim Burton's "Frankenweenie," "The Pirates! Band of Misfits," and the GKIDS indie "The Rabbi's Cat."
Last year's top Annie Award winner was "Rango," which also won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature. In the last 10 years, the Oscar winner has matched the Annie winner seven times.
In 2010, "How to Train Your Dragon" won at the Annie and lost the Oscar to "Toy Story 3." In 2008, "Kung Fu Panda" defeated eventual Oscar-winner "WALL-E." And in 2006, "Cars" finished ahead of Oscar-winner "Happy Feet."
Among the actors recognized for voice acting are well-known stars like Adam Sandler ("Hotel Transylvania"), Catherine O'Hara ("Frankenweenie"), Kelly Macdonald ("Brave"), and Jude Law ("Rise of the Guardians").
The nominees for Best Animated TV Production (General Audience) include FX's "Archer," along with "Bob's Burgers," "Motorcity," "MAD," "Robot Chicken," and "South Park." Jessica Walter is also nominated for her voice work on "Archer."
Winners will be announced on Saturday, February 2, 2013, at UCLA Royce Hall in Los Angeles, CA.
See the full list of nominees here.
Every actor submits only one sample episode, which will be judged by other actors (ranging from 25 to 75 per category jury) between July 28 and August 14. TV series submit six, which will be split into three pairs to be distributed randomly to about 300 voters. We now have uncovered every single title submitted for the 2014 races. CLICK HERE FOR THE EPISODES