Pixar‘s Oscar frontrunner “Coco” won a whopping 11 Annie Awards on Saturday (Feb. 4), including Best Animated Feature, Best Directing (Lee Unkrich, Adrian Molina), Best Writing (Molina and Matthew Aldrich) and Best Voice Acting (Anthony Gonzalez). “Coco” numbered a lucky 13 nominations, winning in all 11 of its races including against itself in both character animation and storyboarding. (See the full list of 2018 Annie Awards winners.)
“Coco” faced 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. Of these, only “The Boss Baby” also reaped an Oscar bid for Best Animated Feature.
Two Oscar nominees, “The Breadwinner” and “Loving Vincent,” faced off in the Best Animated Feature (Independent) race with the former winning. That category, which was introduced in 2016, was rounded out by: “The Big Bad Fox & Other Tales,” “In This Corner of the World” and “Napping Princess.”
The Annie Awards, which are presented by the Hollywood chapter of the International Animated Film Assn., 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.
The Annies also honor achievements in television. Best Animated TV Production (General Audience) is roughly equivalent to the Emmy for Best Animated Program. This year that Annie went to “Rick and Morty” over “Big Mouth,” “Bojack Horseman,” “Robot Chicken” and “Samurai Jack.”
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