2020 Annie Awards nominations: ‘Frozen II’ and ‘Missing Link’ lead but watch out for ‘Toy Story 4’

Frozen II” and “Missing Link” lead the roster of contenders at the 47th annual Annie Awards with eight nominations each followed by “Klaus” with a lucky seven. Our predicted Oscar winner for Best Animated Feature, “Toy Story 4,” reaped a respectable six bids as did another sequel, “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World.”

All five of these films number nominations for Best Studio Animated Feature among their haul from these precursor prizes, which are presented by the Hollywood chapter of the International Animated Film Association. The Annie Awards will be presented on Jan. 25. That is seven days before the start of final voting for the Academy Awards.

Seven of the last 10 Annie Awards champs have lined up with the Oscars: “Up” (2010), “Rango” (2012), “Frozen” (2014), “Inside Out” (2016), “Zootopia” (2017), “Coco” (2018) and “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” (2019).

In 2011, “How to Train Your Dragon” won over the Annies while the academy embraced “Toy Story 3”; in 2013, the Annies went with “Wreck-It-Ralph” while the Oscars adored “Brave”; and in  2015, the Annies named “How to Train Your Dragon 2” as Best Animated Feature, but the Oscar winner was “Big Hero 6.”

The Annie Awards 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,” “Harley Quinn,” “Tuca & Bertie” and ““Undone.”

Make your Oscar predictions today so that Hollywood insiders can see how their films and performers are faring in our odds. You can keep changing your predictions as often as you like until nominations are announced on January 13. And join in the debate taking place right now with Hollywood insiders in our film forum.

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