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Nominees for the 40th Annie Awards, recognizing the best in animation, have been announced. Between Pixar and the Walt Disney Studio branches, Disney secured three Best Picture nods for "Brave," "Frankenweenie" and "Wreck-It Ralph." Full list below. International Animated Film Society (Asifa-Hollywood) president Frank Gladstone noted that this year's Annies saw the most submissions in the history of the awards. Best Picture nominees: Brave - Disney/Pixar) Frankenweenie -The Walt Disney Studios Hotel Transylvania - Sony Pictures Animation ParaNorman - Focus Features Rise of the Guardians - DreamWorks Animation The Pirates! Band of Misfits - Aardman Animations The Rabbi’s Cat - Gkids Wreck-It Ralph - Walt Disney Animation Studios Annie Award for Best Animated Special Production Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1 – Warner Bros. Animation Best General Audience Animated Television »

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