Final voting begins for the 45th annual Annie Awards on Tuesday (Jan. 2) and runs for a full three weeks until Jan. 23. Prizes in 36 categories will be handed out on February 3, 2018 at the University of California’s Royce Hall in Los Angeles.
Pixar‘s Oscar frontrunner “Coco” leads 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” has 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.”
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.
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 five shows: “Big Mouth,” “Bojack Horseman,” Rick and Morty,” “Robot Chicken” and “Samurai Jack.”
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