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How to Train Your Dragon 2, The Simpsons and Disney Mickey Mouse win big at the 42nd annual Annie Awards

The 42nd annual Annie Awards took place on Saturday night, with DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon 2 bagging six honours including Best Animated Feature and Best Directing in an Animated Feature Production. The top TV honour – Best General Audience Animated Television/Broadcast Production – went to Fox’s The Simpsons, while Disney Micky Mouse picked up five awards.

Here’s the full list of nominations, with the winners highlighted in bold and red…

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

Animated special production

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey” – Voyager Pictures LLC

“Dawn of the Dragon Racers” – DreamWorks Animation

How Murray Saved Christmas” – Universal Television
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The Boxtrolls leads Annie Award nominations with 13 nods

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
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"The Boxtrolls" Dominates Annie Awards Animations!

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

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

Annie Awards Nominations Unveiled
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
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Knowhere to Go: Framestore & Guardians of the Galaxy

With Guardians of the Galaxy arriving on DVD & Blu-Ray today in the UK, Trevor Hogg chats with Kyle McCulloch about the visual effects work contributed by Framestore…

“We have worked with Marvel in the past and word was out there that they were looking to do these hero animated characters,” states Framestore Visual Effects Supervisor Kyle McCulloch who was keen to contribute to Guardians of the Galaxy (2014). “We offer the full range of visual effects services but creatures are something we have had a special focus on throughout our history and so from the beginning we were committed to try to win the work.” A bounty hunter raccoon with serious attitude problems had to be produced for the first instalment of a science fiction adventure franchise directed by James Gunn (Slither). “A huge part of Guardians for us was discovering who is Rocket? What does he look like? How does he move?
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Gravity, Frozen rule Ves awards

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Gravity, Frozen rule Ves awards
Gravity earns six prizes, Frozen four at 12th annual Visual Effects Society awards.

It was a big night for two of the dominant films of the awards season as the prizes were handed out in Los Angeles on February 12.

Film category winners of the 12th Annual Ves Awards:

Outstanding Visual Effects In A Visual Effects-Driven Feature Motion Picture

Gravity

(Tim Webber, Nikki Penny, Neil Corbould, Richard McBride)

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects In A Feature Motion Picture

The Lone Ranger

(Tim Alexander, Gary Brozenich, Shari Hanson, Kevin Martel)

Outstanding Animation In An Animated Feature Motion Picture

Frozen

(Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee, Peter Del Vecho, Lino Di Salvo)

Outstanding Animated Character In A Live Action Feature Motion Picture

The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug

Smaug

(Eric Reynolds, David Clayton, Myriam Catrin, Guillaume Francois)

Outstanding Animated Character In An Animated Feature Motion Picture

Frozen: Bringing the Snow Queen to Life

(Alexander Alvarado, Joy Johnson, [link
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Awards Season Continues With Visual Effects, Sound Mixing And Makeup Nominations

Today was a busy day for some of the smaller guilds with the Visual Effects Society, the Cinema Audio Society, and the Makeup and Hairstylists Guilds all announcing their nominations for 2013.

First, we have the Ves, whose main category to look at is “Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Feature Motion Picture,” where we find Gravity and four other nominees that are just going to have to be happy with the fact that they got nominated. This is perhaps the easiest category to call in the entirety of awards season, and I don’t mean just here, but for the Oscar as well (Last year’s winner, Life of Pi, easily took this category before going on to claim the Oscar). It’s true that films like The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and Star Trek Into Darkness had outstanding effects as well, but nothing even came close to the amazing,
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‘Gravity’ Tops Visual Effects Society Nominations

‘Gravity’ Tops Visual Effects Society Nominations
The Visual Effects Society has announced this year’s nominees for the 12th annual VES awards.

As previously announced, the Visionary Award will be presented to Alfonso Cuarón for “Gravity,” which led all films with eight vfx nominations. “Pacific Rim” received six, while “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” and Iron Man 3” received five each.

Those pics were nominated in the “Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Feature” category. In a surprise, “The Lone Ranger” was nominated in feature supporting vfx. Disney’s disastrous Western was quite f/x-driven, though many of its effects were in-camera practical f/x, which aren’t a major focus for the Ves. Other supporting effects nominees include ”Rush,” “The Great Gatsby,” The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” “The Wolf of Wall Street” and “White House Down.”

Nobable omissions from the top category include “Man of Steel” (which got 2 nominations), “The Wolverine,
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