Saturday, January 23, 2010

Annie Awards Honor Best Animation

The 37th Annual Annie Awards, animation's highest honor, will be awarded in Los Angeles in February. This is an annual opportunity to highlight animation in your design class.

For the past 37 years, The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood has produced The Annie Awards. The Annies have grown from a small gathering of "old timers" at the bar of the Sportsman's Lodge to being animation's highest honor, a high profile event widely seen as a precursor to the Oscar picks. This year's Annie honorees include Tim Burton, Bruce Timm and Jeffrey Katzenberg; and the host for the evening is William Shatner. The ceremony takes place at Royce Hall, UCLA on Saturday February 6th.

Anyone who loves animation is welcome to attend the Annies, and tickets start at just $25. One of the fun things about the ceremony is that the awards are presented by the actors who provide the voices for animated characters. Image hearing people you haven't seen before who sound suspiciously like SpongeBob or Mickey Mouse.

Nominees for the Best Animated Feature are:
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs – Sony Pictures Animation
Coraline – Laika
Fantastic Mr. Fox– 20th Century Fox
The Princess and the Frog (left) – Walt Disney Animation Studios
The Secret of Kells – Cartoon Saloon
Up (right) – Pixar Animation Studios

Other award categories include:
Best Home Entertainment Production, Best Animated Short Subject, Best Animated Television Commercial, Best Animated Television Production, Best Animated Television Production for Children, Animated Effects, Character Animation, and others.

Click on the heading above to go to the Annie Awards website.

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