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Following yesterday's Independent Spirit Award Nominations , The Annie Awards have also revealed their full list of nominees for this year. This is the annual award ceremony for the International Animated Film Association, celebrating animation in all of its forms. Sometimes these awards can help predict what movie will win the Best Animated Feature at the Oscars, although it's not always entirely reliable (last year Kung Fu Panda swept Wall-e  in every category). As we discussed on this week's podcast , it's shaping up to be a pretty tight race for Best Animated Feature this year, and if the Annies are any indication, it looks like Henry Selick's Coraline may have the edge. It was nominated for a total of 10 Annie Awards, including Best Animated Feature, Character Design, Voice Acting, and Music. Check out the list of nominees in all the feature-length categories after the jump. Best Animated Feature Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs »
Award recipients will claim their trophies at the 37th Annual Annie Awards scheduled for Saturday, February 6, 2010 at UCLA's Royce Hall in Los Angeles, California.
Here's the list of nominees of the 37th Annual Annie Awards:
Best Animated Feature
* Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs . Sony Pictures Animation
* Coraline . Laika
* Fantastic Mr. Fox . 20th Century Fox
* The Princess and the Frog . Walt Disney Animation Studios
* The Secret of Kells . Cartoon Saloon
Best Home Entertainment Production
* Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas . Universal Animation Studios
* Futurama: Into the Wild Green Yonder . The Curiosity Company in association with 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
* Open Season 2 . Sony Pictures Animation
* SpongeBob vs. The Big One . Nickelodeon
Best Animated Short Subject »
The nominees for the 2010 Annie Awards were also announced today and Focus Features' Coraline topped the list of feature nominees with 10 with Pixar's Up following with 9 and Disney's Princess and the Frog scoring 8. All three films were included in the running for Best Animated feature along with Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, The Secret of Kells and Fantastic Mr. Fox.
Last year the Annie Awards came under some scrutiny as Kung Fu Panda blanked the soon-to-be Oscar winner Wall-e. The reason for the uproar being DreamWorks was one of the org's top sponsors (which they still are). This year Monsters vs. Aliens is the only DreamWorks Animated feature making any noise (4 nominations), but it looks like Sony Pictures Animation has bumped up their contributions to become a "Gold Sponsor". Will there again be uproar if Pixar's Up doesn't walk away with the top prizes or Disney's The Princess and the Frog. »
- Brad Brevet
I just got my copy of the Japanese Joe Hisaishi in Budokan – Miyazaki Anime to Tomo ni Ayunda 25 Nenkan Blu-ray Disc that not only includes the incredible anniversary concert of Hayao Miyazaki’s favourite composer Joe Hisaishi but also a nice surprise for those of us who cry themselves to sleep every night because there’s still no Studio Ghibli film available on Blu-ray Disc.
The bonus feature consists of selection of music videos with scenes taken from some of Hayao Miyazaki’s masterworks (sadly not from Totoro, Laputa and Spirited Away) in HD quality! While these videos have been encoded in 1920×1080i and sometimes show compression artifacts and edge enhancement effects (especially Kiki), they are the closest thing to a Blu-ray Disc preview for Studio Ghibli films we currently have. So this is what we can at least expect quality wise for next year when the studio starts to »
Ard noted a little while back that Hayao Miyazaki’s Ponyo On The Cliff was due for a Japanese DVD release - English subtitles included - this July and now that edition is available for order. It comes in two varieties: the basic edition and a luxury nine disc set that includes the film, a twelve-hour five-disc making of documentary, and a two disc live performance from Miyazaki’s regular composer Joe Hisaishi. With the domestic release of the film also due this summer the patient among you - or those with young children who will require the dubbed version - will want to wait, but for the impatient the time is now. Oh, and that crazy doc? Also available on it’s own, though it doesn’t appear to include subtitles.
- Todd Brown
I don't believe I have ever reported the nominees for the International Film Music Critics Association before, but in the spirit of covering more award season news than is probably necessary I figured, "What the hell?" The nominees listed below make up the fifth annual International Film Music Critics Association Awards for Excellence with Wall-e receiving the most nominations including Film Score of the Year, Best Score for an Animated Film, Best Film Composition (for "Define Dancing") and Composer of the Year for Thomas Newman. The other big nominee is Danny Elfman who received the most individual nominations this year with seven: Composer of the Year; Film Score of the Year and Best Documentary Score for Standard Operating Procedure; Best Drama Score for Milk; Best Action/Adventure Score and Best Individual Cue for Wanted ("Success Montage"); and Best Fantasy/Science Fiction Score for Hellboy II: The Golden Army. The International »
- Brad Brevet
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