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The 2014 Annie nominations

1 December 2014 1:00 PM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Tim here, with the second wave of the day's "the year is ending! give out all awards right away!" news. Asifa-Hollywood announced the nominees for the 42nd Annie Awards, honoring achievments in theatrical, telvision, and now video game animation. With 36 categories, we don't have space to look at nearly all of them, but here are three that matter for future awards prognostication:

Best Animated Feature

Big Hero 6

The Book Of Life

The Boxtrolls

Cheatin'

How To To Train Your Dragon 2

The Lego Movie

Song Of The Sea

The Tale Of The Princess Kaguya

Nomination leader The Boxtrolls

Best Animated Short Subject

Coda (on the Oscar shortlist)

The Dam Keeper (on the Oscar shortlist)

Duet (on the Oscar shortlist)

Feast (on the Oscar shortlist)

Inside Homer - The Simpsons Couch Gag, Episode #549

Me And My Moulton (on the Oscar shortlist)

The Raven

Silent

Animated Effects in a Live-Action Production

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The Boxtrolls leads Annie Award nominations with 13 nods

1 December 2014 12:35 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Annie Awards have announced their choices for the top 8 animated features of 2014 as well as nominations in over 20 other animation categories. The Hollywood Reporter reports that The Boxtrolls received the most nominations (13) of any film followed by How to Train Your Dragon 2 (10), Big Hero 6 (7), Song of the Sea (7), and The Lego Movie (6).

Best Animated Feature Nominated Films:

Big Hero 6 – Walt Disney Animation Studios Cheatin’ – Plymptoons Studio How to Train Your Dragon 2 – DreamWorks Animation Song of the Sea – Gkids/Cartoon Saloon The Book of Life – Reel FX The BoxtrollsFocus Features/Laika The Lego Movie – Warner Bros. Pictures The Tale of the Princess Kaguya – Gkids/Studio Ghibli

Notably absent from the best feature list is a Pixar entry. However this wasn’t a snub from the Annie nominators as Pixar has not released a feature since 2013’s Monsters University. Pixar has two films scheduled to release »

- Amy Richau

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Boxtrolls Leads Annie Award Nominations

1 December 2014 12:13 PM, PST | AwardsDaily.com | See recent AwardsDaily news »

Best Animated Feature Big Hero 6 – 
Walt Disney Animation Studios Cheatin’ – Plymptoons Studio How to Train Your Dragon 2 – DreamWorks Animation Song of the Sea – Gkids/Cartoon Saloon The Book of Life »

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"The Boxtrolls" Dominates Annie Awards Animations!

1 December 2014 11:35 AM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

Yay! One of my favorite animated films of 2014 topped the recently announced 2014 Annie Awards honoring excellence in the field of animation. Graham Annable and Anthony Stacchi's "The Boxtrolls" received 12 nominations including Best Animated Feature. The winners will be announced at a black tie ceremony on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at UCLA.s Royce Hall. For more information on the Annie Awards, click here.

Here's the full list of nominees for the 2015 Annie Awards

Production Categories

Best Animated Feature

Big Hero 6 - 
Walt Disney Animation Studios

Cheatin' - Plymptoons Studio

How to Train Your Dragon 2 - DreamWorks Animation

Song of the Sea - Gkids/Cartoon Saloon

The Book of Life - Reel FX

The Boxtrolls - Focus Features/Laika

The Lego Movie -Warner Bros. Pictures

The Tale of The Princess Kaguya - Gkids/Studio Ghibli

Best Animated Special Production

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey - Voyager Pictures LLC

Dawn of the »

- Manny

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42nd Annie Award Nominations Announced

1 December 2014 11:15 AM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

The International Animated Film Society, Asifa-Hollywood, announced nominations today for its 42nd Annual Annie Award recognizing the year’s best in the field of animation.

Best Animated Features nominations include: Big Hero 6 (Walt Disney Animation Studios), Cheatin’ (Plymptoons Studio), How to Train Your Dragon 2 (DreamWorks Animation Skg), Song of the Sea (Gkids/Cartoon Saloon), The Book of Life (Reel FX), The Boxtrolls (Focus Features/Laika), The Lego Movie (Warner Bros. Pictures), and The Tale of The Princess Kaguya (Gkids/Studio Ghibli).

The Annie Awards cover 36 categories and include Best Animated Feature, Best Animated Special Production, Commercials, Short Subjects and Outstanding Individual Achievements. The winners will be announced at a black tie ceremony on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at UCLA’s Royce Hall.

“We had a steady increase in submissions this year and I am excited to say it’s going to be a great awards ceremony,” remarked Asifa-Hollywood Executive Director, »

- Melissa Thompson

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‘Boxtrolls’, ‘Big Hero 6’ and ‘Dragon’ tops Annie Awards Nominations

1 December 2014 10:45 AM, PST | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Today, Asifa-Hollywood unveiled the nominees for the 42nd annual Annie Awards ceremony that will be held next January.  Leading the pack is Laika’’s The Boxtrolls with 13 nominations followed by DreamWoks’ How to Train Your Dragon 2 with 10 and Disney’s Big Hero 6 and Cartoon Saloon’s Song of the Sea with seven nominations each. A total of eight animated features are competing in the “best animated feature” category in a very close match that doesn’t include a Pixar film since they moved The Good Dinosaur for 2015.

The Annie Awards are honoring the animation and VFX industry in a total of 36 categories. Check below the complete list of nominees for best animated feature:

Big Hero 6 - Walt Disney Animation Studios

Cheatin’ - Plymptoons Studio

How to Train Your Dragon 2- DreamWorks Animation

Song of the Sea - Gkids/Cartoon Saloon

The Book of Life - Reel »

- Munir Abedrabbo

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'The Boxtrolls,' 'How to Train Your Dragon 2' & 'The Lego Movie' Lead Annual Annie Nominations

1 December 2014 10:07 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

The world of stop-motion animation might be slowly going away, but don’t tell that to Laika Studios. They received heartening news today as their picture “The Boxtrolls" is the most nominated film at the 42nd Annual Annie Awards.  With thirteen nominations including Best Animated feature, Laika's signature film leads the pack and is followed by DreamWorks Animation’s “How To Train Your Dragon 2” which earned ten nominations. Not far behind is Disney’s “Big Hero 6” with seven nominations, Warner Bros.’ “The Lego Movie” with six, five for 20th Century Fox’s “The Book Of Life” and three for Studio Ghibli’s “The Tale of The Princess Kaguya.” Want to know what films will be the animation frontrunners for the Academy Awards this year? The Annies are always your best bet. Full nominees below. Best Animated Feature "Big Hero 6" "Cheatin’" "How to Train Your Dragon 2" "Song of the Sea »

- Edward Davis

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PGA announces 2014 doc nominees

1 December 2014 9:07 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Producers Guild Of America (PGA) has unveiled its Documentary Motion Pictures nominees.

The nominees in the 26th Annual Producers Guild Awards are: The Green Prince, Life Itself, Merchants Of Doubt, Particle Fever and Virunga from Netflix (pictured).

All other nominations and the names of the eligible producers for the Award for Outstanding Producer Of Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures will be announced on January 5.

The 2015 Producers Guild Awards will take place on January 24 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles.

The Big Hero 6, Cheatin’, How To Train Your Dragon 2, Song Of The Sea, The Book Of Life, The Boxtrolls, The Lego Movie and The Tale Of The Princess Kaguya are in the running for best animated feature for the 42nd annual Annie Awards on January 31. »

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'Boxtrolls,' 'How to Train Your Dragon 2' lead Annie Awards Nominations

1 December 2014 8:57 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Monday morning, the International Animated Film Society, Asifa-Hollywood, announced nominations today for its 42nd Annual Annie Awards, recognizing the year’s best in the field of animation. Leading the pack with 13 nominations, including a nod for Best Animated Feature, is Laika Animation's "The Boxtrolls." Dreamworks Animation's "How to Train Your Dragon 2" followed with 10 nominations, joining "Boxtrolls" in the Character Animation, Animation Effects, and Best Feature categories.  Rounding out the organization's big prize are "Big Hero 6" (seven nominations), "Cheatin'" (three), "Song of the Sea" (seven), "The Book of Life" (five), "The Lego Movie" (six), and "The Tale of Kaguya" (three). The Annie Awards also announced nominations in TV, video game and short subject categories. “We had a steady increase in submissions this year and I am excited to say it’s going to be a great awards ceremony,” remarked Asifa-Hollywood Executive Director, Frank Gladstone. “We added a new category »

- Matt Patches

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Annie Awards Nominees Have Landed

1 December 2014 8:50 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The Annie Awards cover 36 categories including features, commercials and the newest and 36th category, Best Character Animation in a Video Game. The winners will be announced on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at UCLA's Royce Hall. As expected, Best Animated Features nominations include: big leader "The Boxtrolls" (Focus Features/Laika) followed by "How to Train Your Dragon 2" (DreamWorks Animation Skg), "Big Hero 6" (Walt Disney Animation Studios) and "The Lego Movie" (Warner Bros. Pictures), as well as "The Book of Life" (Reel FX), "The Tale of The Princess Kaguya" (Gkids/Studio Ghibli), "Song of the Sea" (Gkids/Cartoon Saloon) and "Cheatin'" (Plymptoons Studio).   The jury awards honoring career achievement and exceptional contributions to animation include three Winsor McCay recipients: animators Didier Brunner, Don Lusk and »

- Anne Thompson

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Annie Awards Nominations Unveiled

1 December 2014 8:22 AM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Big Hero 6, Cheatin’, How to Train Your Dragon 2, Song Of The Sea, The Book Of Life, The Boxtrolls, The Lego Movie and The Tale Of The Princess Kaguya have been nominated in the top category for the International Animated Film Society, Asifa-Hollywood’s 42nd annual Annie Awards. The Annies cover 36 categories and include Best Animated Feature, Best Animated Special Production, Commercials, Short Subjects and Outstanding Individual Achievements. The winners will be announced January 31 at UCLA’s Royce Hall. Here’s the full list of noms:

Best Animated Feature

Big Hero 6

Walt Disney Animation Studios

Cheatin’

Plymptoons Studio

How to Train Your Dragon 2

DreamWorks Animation

Song of the Sea

Gkids/Cartoon Saloon

The Book of Life

Reel FX

The Boxtrolls

Focus Features/Laika

The Lego Movie

Warner Bros. Pictures

The Tale of The Princess Kaguya

Gkids/Studio Ghibli

Best Animated Special Production

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey

Voyager »

- Patrick Hipes

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‘Boxtrolls’ Leads Annie Award Nominations With 13

1 December 2014 8:07 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Boxtrolls,”Focus Features/Laika’s stop-motion marvel, tops the 42 annual Annie Awards noms with 13 bids, leading a field of eight animated features vying for the toon world’s highest honor.

DreamWorks Animation’s “How to Train Your Dragon 2″ is next with 10 noms followed by Disney’s “Big Hero 6″ and Gkids/Cartoon Saloon’s “Song of the Sea” with seven each. Rounding out the field are Bill Plympton’s “Cheatin’,” Reel FX’s “The Book of Life,” Warner Bros.’ “The Lego Movie” and “Gkids/Studio Ghibli’s “The Tale of Princess Kayuga.”

Between it’s film and TV properties, Disney snagged the most nominations overall with 28, followed by DreamWorks Animation with 21.

The race for the animated feature prize is more wide open than ever this year. This marks the first year that Pixar hasn’t had an animated feature in the in the awards race since it moved »

- Terry Flores

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‘Boxtrolls’ Leads Annie Award Nominations With 13

1 December 2014 8:07 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

“The Boxtrolls,”Focus Features/Laika’s stop-motion marvel, tops the 42 annual Annie Awards noms with 13 bids, leading a field of eight animated features vying for the toon world’s highest honor.

DreamWorks Animation’s “How to Train Your Dragon 2″ is next with 10 noms followed by Disney’s “Big Hero 6″ and Gkids/Cartoon Saloon’s “Song of the Sea” with seven each. Rounding out the field are Bill Plympton’s “Cheatin’,” Reel FX’s “The Book of Life,” Warner Bros.’ “The Lego Movie” and “Gkids/Studio Ghibli’s “The Tale of Princess Kayuga.”

Between it’s film and TV properties, Disney snagged the most nominations overall with 28, followed by DreamWorks Animation with 21.

The race for the animated feature prize is more wide open than ever this year. This marks the first year that Pixar hasn’t had an animated feature in the in the awards race since it moved »

- Terry Flores

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'How to Train Your Dragon 2,' 'Lego Movie' Among Annie Award Nominees

30 November 2014 6:03 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The Boxtrolls, from stop motion specialists Laika and Focus Features, and Dreamworks Animation's How To Train Your Dragon 2 are among the films nominated for the Annie (animation) Award for best animated feature. The Boxtrolls received 13 Annie nominations, the most for a feature, and How To Train Your Dragon 2 earned 10 nods. Rounding out the best animated feature category are Disney's Big Hero 6, Warner Bros.' The Lego Movie, The Book of Life from Reel FX, Cheatin' from Plymptoons Studios, Song of the Sea from Cartoon Saloon and Gkids, and The Tale of Princess Kaguya from Japan's

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- Carolyn Giardina

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Warsaw Uprising to open AFI EU showcase

20 November 2014 10:13 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The American Film Institute (AFI) has announced the complete slate for the 2014 edition of its AFI European Union Film Showcase, set to run from December 3-21 in Silver Spring, Maryland. 

The 27th edition showcases more than 50 films from 27 of the 28 European Union member states and opens with Jan Komasa’s Polish selection Warsaw Uprising

Komasa’s City 44, a fictionalised version of the Warsaw Uprising story, will screen on December 5 and 9.

Special presentations includes Mr. Turner, ’71, The Imitation Game, Clouds Of Sils Maria, Two Days, One Night and Song Of The Sea.

The Us premiere of Anne Fontaine’s Gemma Bovery will close the festival.

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- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Assessing Seven Animated Feature Oscar Contenders

20 November 2014 9:42 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

With Pixar sitting this year out, the animation Oscar race is not only totally wide open but there's still no clear frontrunner among the big studio three (Disney's "Big Hero 6," DreamWorks' "How to Train Your Dragon 2," and Warner Bros.' "The Lego Movie"). That leaves "The Boxtrolls" from stop-motion powerhouse Laika and Focus Features, Fox/Reel FX's "The Book of Life," and two Gkids indies -- "Song of the Sea" from the Irish Cartoon Saloon and "The Tale of the Princess Kaguya" from Studio Ghibli -- as the other likely contenders also vying for the five nominations.  Since the Academy's animation committee adores hand-drawn animation, you can bet there'll be a place open for one or both of the Gkids. Then again, the committee also likes stop-motion, and how can you deny Jorge Gutierrez's imaginative and heart-warming "Day of the Dead" tribute (nurtured by producer Guillermo del. »

- Bill Desowitz

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New Trailer For Song Of The Sea

11 November 2014 3:16 AM, PST | www.themoviebit.com | See recent TheMovieBit news »

Already a darling of the festival circuit,  Irish based animation studio Cartoon Saloon's follow-up to the visually stunning Secret of Kells, Song of the Sea, has debuted a new trailer ahead of its U.S. release on December 19th. Drawing on Irish folklore, everything we see of this movie looks absolutely beautiful, and promises a magical story to go along with the visuals. Song of the Sea hits Irish cinemas in March of 2015. »

- noreply@blogger.com (Tom White)

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The Tea & Crumpet Filmcast: London Film Festival (Episode 9)

6 November 2014 10:40 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Recorded live at the British Film Insitute’s headquarters, Dom, Liam, Dr Lindsay Hallam, David James and newcomer Emily Estep pour themselves a hot cup to warm them through an exhaustive discussion of this year’s sprawling and wonderful London Film Festival.

Amid the clattering of tea-trolleys and the background chatter of filmmakers from all walks of life, the assembled gang discuss their highlights, lowlights (and in Dom’s case, vomit inducing horrors) that have punctuated their various festival experiences.

Among many, many others, the team take on The Imitation Game, Wild, Foxcatcher, The Duke of Burgundy, Electricity, Song of the Sea, Goodbye to Language and The Falling.

This super extra bumper episode also features an exclusive interview with Tom Harper (director of War Book, a new podcast favourite).

Check it out below, and enjoy!

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- Dominic Mill

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Oscar Watch: 2015 Best Animated Feature Film Contenders Revealed

6 November 2014 12:54 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Though the Academy Awards won’t take place until next February, us critics are already all abuzz about which movies from this past year stand a fighting chance of earning Oscar gold. And though the jury is still out on some major categories, especially Best Actress and Best Picture, we now have a pretty solid idea of which films might be contending for a smaller but still extremely competitive category – Best Animated Feature.

2014 has been a great year for animation, from The Lego Movie way back in February right up to Big Hero 6, which opens this Friday, so it should be interesting to watch so many accomplished titles duke it out for that coveted golden statuette. Personally, I’m still rooting for The Lego Movie, which may have faded from voters’ minds considering its early release date but still stands (in my opinion) as one of the most visually engaging, »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Les Arcs unveils 2014 film line-up

6 November 2014 8:59 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Ruben Ostlund’s Force Majeure to screen atop 3,200m high Aiguille Rouge Mountain at Alpine festival.

Susanne Bier’s A Second Chance, Lenny Abrahamson’s Frank and Gerard Johnson’s Hyena are among the titles set to compete at the sixth edition of Les Arcs European Film Festival (Dec 13-20) in the heart of the French Alps.

Festival co-founders Pierre Emmanuel Fleurantin and Guillaume Calop said the event’s focus on Europe was more relevant than ever as its citizens posed questions about the future of the region amid the ongoing economic crisis.

We continue to believe in a united Europe where together we can safeguard our cultures and ways of life without renouncing progress,” they said in a joint statement.  “Across the new line-up, each country shows off the best of its cinema.”

The titles in the competition, selected by artistic director Frédéric Boyer, will compete for the festival’s top prize, the Crystal »

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