‘The Boxtrolls’ Leads the 42nd Annual Annie Awards Nominations [WATCH VIDEO]

By Ambika Thakur | 3 years ago
‘The Boxtrolls’ Leads the 42nd Annual Annie Awards Nominations [WATCH VIDEO]
The cast and crew of Monster House at the 2006 Annie Awards red carpet at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, California. Included are actors Sam Lerner, Spencer Locke, and Mitchel Musso./John Mueller

The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood announced nominations for its 42nd Annual Annie Awards. Established in 1972 by June Foray, the Annie Awards is bestowed in recognition of the year’s best in the field of animation. Leading the horde with 13 nominations, including a nod for Best Animated Feature, is Laika Animation's "The Boxtrolls." Read on for further details.

Followed by "How to Train Your Dragon 2" with 10 nominations, "Big Hero 6" and "Song of the Sea" received seven nominations each.  "Boxtrolls" and  "How to Train Your Dragon 2" are both nominated in the Character Animation, Animation Effects and Best Feature categories. Eight films were nominated for Best Animated Feature: “Big Hero 6,” (Walt Disney Animation Studios), “Cheatin,”  (Plymptoons Studio), “How to Train Your Dragon 2,” (DreamWorks Animation SKG), “Song of the Sea,” (Cartoon Saloon/GKIDS), “The Book of Life,” (Reel FX), “The Boxtrolls (Laika/Focus Features), “The LEGO Movie,” (Warner Bros. Pictures) and “The Tale of The Princess Kaguya,” (Studio Ghibli/GKIDS).

The cremony covering animated features, TV series, video games and more.The Annie Awards will be held on Jan. 31, 2015 at the University of California, Los Angeles's Royce Hall in Los Angeles, California, presenting in 36 categories. In addition to 36 existing categories, a new category called Best Character Animation in a Video Game was added this year. For  more information on the Annie Awards, visit www.annieawards.org.

See the list of nominations below:

Production Categories

Best Animated Feature
"Big Hero 6"
"The Book of Life"
"The Boxtrolls"
"How to Train Your Dragon 2"
"The LEGO Movie"
"Song of the Sea"
"The Tale of Princess Kaguya"

Best Animated Special Production
"Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey"
"Dawn of the Dragon Racers"
"How Murray Saved Christmas"
"Toy Story That Time Forgot"

Best Animated Short Subject
"Inside Homer – The Simpsons Couch Gag (Episode #549)"
"Me and My Moulton"
"The Dam Keeper"
"The Raven"

Best Animated Television/Broadcast Commercial
"Citizen M: 'Swan Song'"
"Flight of the Stories"
"LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham"

Best Animated Television/Broadcast Production For Preschool Children
"Doc McStuffins"
"Peter Rabbit"
"Tumble Leaf"
"Zack & Quack"

Best Animated Television/Broadcast Production For a Children's Audience
"Adventure Time"
"Gravity Falls"
"Legend of Korra"
"Over The Garden Wall"
"Wander Over Yonder"

Best General Audience Animated Television/Broadcast Production
"Back To Backspace"
"Bob's Burgers"
"Rick and Morty"
"Mike Tyson Mysteries"
"Regular Show"
"The Simpsons"

Best Video Game
"Child of Light"
"Forza Horizon 2"
"Valiant Hearts: The Great War"

Best Student Film
"After School"
"Dead Over Heels"
"El Coyote"
"Frog's Legs"
"My Big Brother"
"Tiny Nomad"

Juried Awards

The Winsor McCay Award
For Lifetime Achievement
Didier Brunner, Don Lusk and Lee Mendelson

The June Foray Award
For significant and benevolent or charitable impact on the art and industry of animation
Charles Solomon

The Ub Iwerks Award
For technical advancement that has made a significant impact on the art or industry of animation
DreamWorks Animation's Apollo Software 

Special Achievement Award
Recognizing the unique and significant impact on the art and industry of animation
The Walt Disney Family Museum

For the full list of nominees, click here.

And that’s it for the 42nd Annual Annie Awards nominations update. For more details coming up about the event, stay tuned here on Movie News Guide (MNG).

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Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons/John Mueller


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