Annie Awards nominations 2018: ‘Coco’ dominates with ‘The Breadwinner’ close behind

Pixar‘s Oscar frontrunner “Coco” leads Monday’s nominations announcement for the 45th annual Annie Awards with an impressive 13 bids, including Best Animated Feature, Best Directing (Lee Unkrich, Adrian Molina), Best Writing (Molina and Matthew Aldrich) and Best Voice Acting (Anthony Gonzalez). “The Breadwinner,” which won at the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. Awards on Sunday, reaped 10 bids including Best Animated Feature (Independent).

“Coco” faces off against another Pixar picture, “Cars 3,” as well as two from DreamWorks Animation – “The Boss Baby” and “Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie” — and Illumination’s “Despicable Me 3” for the top studio award.

In the separate category for Best Independent Animated Feature, which was introduced in 2016, the other nominees are: “The Big Bad Fox & Other Tales,” “In This Corner of the World,” “Loving Vincent” and  “Napping Princess.”

SEE 2018 Annie Awards nominations: Full list led by ‘Coco’ and ‘The Breadwinner’

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: “Up” (2010), “Rango” (2012), “Frozen” (2014), “Inside Out” (2016) and “Zootopia” (2017). In 2015, the Annies named “How to Train Your Dragon 2” as Best Animated Feature, but the Oscar went to “Big Hero 6” instead.

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