Pixar's Coco leads 2018 Annie Awards Nominations With 13

2017-12-05 02:42:53 GMT2017-12-05 10:42:53(Beijing Time) Sina English

Current box office champ “Coco” has topped the 45th annual Annie Awards nominations with 13, including best animated feature. Irish animation studio Cartoon Saloon’s “The Breadwinner” followed closely with 10, including best animated feature – independent.

Pixar’s colorful tale about a young Mexican boy’s adventures in the Land of the Dead also picked up bids for directing (Lee Unkrich and co-director Adrian Molina), music, writing (Molina and Matthew Aldrich), and voice acting for its young star Anthony Gonzalez, as well as for character design, production design, and two each for character animation and storyboarding.

The other nominations for “The Breadwinner” include directing for Nora Twomey, music by Mychael and Jeff Danna, two voice acting bids for Saara Chaudry and Laara Sadiq, character design, production design, writing (Anita Doron) and editorial.

In addition to “Coco,” the other nominees for animated feature are “Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie,” “Cars 3,” Despicable Me 3” and “The Boss Baby.”

Independent features nominated alongside “The Breadwinner” are “In This Corner of the World,” “Loving Vincent,” “Napping Princess” and “The Big Bad Fox & Other Tales.”

 

DreamWorks Animation led the studios with 22 nominations: “The Boss Baby” picked up six of those and “Captain Underpants” added three, with the rest coming from TV projects, including six for “Trollhunters.” Disney followed with 18, including 14 for TV shows and three for the featurette “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure.” Pixar picked up 15 nominations.

Nominees for animated short are “Dear Baskeball,” from veteran animator Glen Keane and Lakers star Kobe Bryant; the National Film Board of Canada’s “Hedgehog’s Home”; “Negative Space” from IKKI Films and Manuel Cam Studios; Titmouse and Adult Swim’s “Scavengers”; and Google Spotlight Studio’s Jorge R. Gutierrez-directed “Son of Jaguar.”

Top nominees in the TV categories include DreamWorks Animation’s Netflix hit “Trollhunters” and Disney Television Animation’s “Disney Mickey Mouse” with six each. Adult Swim’s “Samurai Jack” received four nominations.

Nominees for best animated TV/broadcast production for pre-school children are “Mickey and the Roadster Racers,” “Octonauts,” “Peg + Cat, The Mariachi Problem,” “The Stinky & Dirty Show” and “Through the Woods.”

TV/Broadcast production for children nominees are “Buddy Thunderstruck,” “Lost in Oz,” “Niko and the Sword of Light,” “Tangled: The Series” and “We Bare Bears.”

“Big Mouth,” “Bojack Horseman,” Rick and Morty,” “Robot Chicken” and “Samurai Jack” are the nominees for best general audience TV/broadcast production. f

A number of juried awards will be handed out at the Annie Awards ceremony next year as well. The Winsor McCay Award for career contributions to animation will be given to British character animator James Baxter, “SpongeBob SquarePants” creator Stephen Hillenburg, and Canadian animation duo Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis.

The Ub Iwerks Award for technical advancement will go to TVPaint for its 2D animation software.

Studio MDHR Entertainment will be awarded the Special Achievement Award for its 1930s-inspired game “Cuphead.”

The June Foray Award for benevolent impact will be given to animation historian Didier Ghez. And a certificate of merit will be given to David Nimitz, who was the longtime caretaker of veteran voice actress June Foray, a founding member of ASIFA-Hollywood who came up with the idea for the Annie Awards. Foray died in July at the age of 99.

The Annie Awards will be held on Saturday, Feb. 3, at Royce Hall on the campus of UCLA. Tickets are already on sale.(Agencies)

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