February 01, 2014 10:01pm PT by Carolyn Giardina
Annie Awards: 'Frozen' Wins Best Animated Feature
Disney Animation's Frozen topped the feature competition at the 41st Annie Awards, collecting five trophies, including best animated feature, direction for helmers Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, music, production design and voice acting.
Also Saturday at UCLA’s Royce Hall, the International Animated Film Society (ASIFA-Hollywood) awarded DreamWorks Animation’s The Croods three trophies, in the categories for animated effects, character animation and character design. Pixar Animation Studio’s Monsters University was honored for storyboarding and editing; and Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki won the award for best writing for his final film, The Wind Rises .
Frozen, The Croods and The Wind Rises are all nominated for Oscars for best animated feature. Rounding out that Oscar category is Despicable Me 2, which won an Annie for best animated commercial, but came up short in the feature categories in which it was nominated; and Ernest & Celestine, which came up empty-handed.
Another Oscar nominated production, Disney’s animated short Get a Horse, won an Annie for best short subject.
In was also a big night for Disney in the television competition. Disney Television Animation’s Disney Mickey Mouse won a trio of awards for character design, music and editorial; and Disney's Pixar added to its award total, collecting three trophies for Toy Story of Terror, for direction, character animation and storyboarding.
Futurama won a pair of Annies for best general audience animated TV production and writing.
In the live action categories, a team from Industrial Light + Magic won the animated effects category for Pacific Rim; and a team from Weta Digital won the award for character animation, for their work on Gollum in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.
During the ceremony, Winsor McCay Awards for career contributions to animation were bestowed on Steven Spielberg, Phil Tippett and Katsuhiro Otomo.
A complete list of winners follows:
Best Animated Feature
Frozen (Walt Disney Animation Studios)
Best Animated Special Production
Chipotle Scarecrow (Chipotle Creative Department, Moonbot Studios)
Best Animated Short Subject
Get A Horse! (Walt Disney Animation Studios)
Best Animated TV/Broadcast Commercial
Despicable Me 2 (Cinemark - Universal Pictures)
Best General Audience Animated TV/Broadcast Production For Preschool Children
Disney Sofia the First (Disney Television Animation)
Best Animated TV/Broadcast Production For Children’s Audience
Adventure Time (Cartoon Network Studios)
Best General Audience Animated TV/Broadcast Production
Futurama (20th Century Fox Television)
Best Animated Video Game
The Last of Us ( Naughty Dog)
Best Student Film
Wedding Cake (Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg - Viola Baier, Iris Frisch)
Animated Effects in an Animated Production
Jeff Budsberg, Andre Le Blanc, Louis Flores, Jason Mayer The Croods (DreamWorks Animation)
Animated Effects in a Live Action Production
Michael Balog, Ryan Hopkins, Patrick Conran, Florian Witzel Pacific Rim (Industrial Light & Magic)
Character Animation in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production
Kureha Yokoo Toy Story of Terror! (Pixar Animation Studios)
Character Animation in an Animated Feature Production
Jakob Jensen The Croods
Character Animation in a Live Action Production
Jeff Capogreco, Jedrzej Wojtowicz, Kevin Estey, Alessandro Bonora, Gino Acevedo - The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - Gollum (Weta Digital)
Character Design in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production
Paul Rudish Disney Mickey Mouse (Disney Television Animation)
Character Design in an Animated Feature Production
Carter Goodrich, Takao Noguchi, Shane Prigmore The Croods
Directing in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production
Angus MacLane Toy Story of Terror!
Directing in an Animated Feature Production
Chris Buck, Jennifer LeeFrozen (Walt Disney Animation Studios)
Music in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production
Christopher Willis - Disney Mickey Mouse (Disney Television Animation)
Music in an Animated Feature Production
Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez, Christophe Beck Frozen
Production Design in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production
Angela Sung, William Niu, Christine Bian, Emily Tetri, Frederic Stewart The Legend of Korra (Nickelodeon Animation Studio)
Production Design in an Animated Feature Production
Michael Giaimo, Lisa Keene, David Womersley Frozen
Storyboarding in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production
Daniel Chong Toy Story of Terror!
Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production
Dean Kelly Monsters University
Voice Acting in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production
Tom Kenny as the voice of Ice King - Adventure Time (Cartoon Network Studios)
Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production
Josh Gad as the voice of Olaf - Frozen
Writing in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production
Lewis Morton Futurama (20th Century Fox Television)
Writing in an Animated Feature Production
Hayao Miyazaki The Wind Rises (Studio Ghibli/Touchstone Pictures/The Walt Disney Studios)
Editorial in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production
Illya Owens Disney Mickey Mouse (Disney Television Animation)
Editorial in an Animated Feature Production
Greg Snyder, Gregory Amundson, Steve Bloom Monsters University
Winsor McCay Award
Katsuhiro Otomo, Steven Spielberg & Phil Tippett
June Foray Award
Ub Iwerks Award
Creative Talent Network (CTN) Animation eXpo
Certificate of Merit
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