No surprise that the Oscar frontrunner “Inside Out” won a leading 10 trophies including Best Animated Feature at the 43rd Annie Awards on Saturday, February 6. After all, this Pixar film had a whopping 14 bids leading into the ceremony. Also of note, “The Revenant” won Best Live Action Character Animation for “Judy” — otherwise known as the bear that mauls Leonardo DiCaprio and leaves him for dead. (Click here for the complete list of winners.)
In fact, “Inside Out” dominated so much that three of its rival Animated Feature nominees went home empty-handed: “Anomalisa,” “Shaun the Sheep Movie” and “The Peanuts Movie.” The only other top nominee to win was fellow Pixar film “The Good Dinosaur,” which prevailed for Best Animated Effects.
Besides Best Animated Feature, “Inside Out” also took home trophies for Best Director (Pete Docter), Best Writing (Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley and Docter), Best Character Animation, Best Character Design, Best Production Design, Best Storyboarding, Best Editorial and Best Music (Michael Giacchino).
The film’s 10th victory was well-deserved for voice actress Phyllis Smith (Sadness), who beat out co-star Amy Poehler (Joy), among others. On the TV side, Kristen Schaal (“Bob’s Burgers”) won for voicing the fan-favorite character Louise Belcher.
Oscar contender “World of Tomorrow” took home the prize for Best Animated Short, while documentary “He Named Me Malala” won for Best Animated Special Production and “Boy and the World” won the Annies’ first-ever trophy for Best Animated Feature (Independent).
For TV programs, “The Simpsons” staged a surprise upset over rival Best Animated Program nominees “Bob’s Burgers,” “BoJack Horseman” and “Moonbeam City.”
Meanwhile, “Disney Mickey Mouse” scored big by taking home three prizes: Best TV Music, Best TV Storyboarding and Best TV Editorial. “Tumble Leaf” and “Wander Over Yonder” claimed victory in the children’s TV program races.
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.
How do you think this year’s Annie Awards will affect the Oscar contest? Will they match up again, or will they split for the second year in a row?
Photo Credits: “Inside Out” by Disney/Pixar; “The Revenant” by 20th Century Fox