ASIFA-Hollywood, the International Animated Film Society, announced the nominations for its 39th Annual Annie Awards, recognizing the year’s best in the field of animation. The Annie Awards cover 28 categories and include Best Animated Feature, Best Animated Special Production, Commercials, Short Subjects, and Outstanding Individual Achievements.
The slate of nominations for Best Animated Features is expanded to 10 this year: A Cat in Paris (Folimage), Arthur Christmas (Sony Pictures Animation, Aardman Animations), Arrugas (Wrinkles) (Perro Verde Films, S.L.), Cars 2 (Pixar Animation Studios), Chico & Rita (Chico & Rita Distribution), Kung Fu Panda 2 (DreamWorks Animation), Puss in Boots (DreamWorks Animation), Rango (Paramount Pictures, Nickelodeon Movies), Rio (Blue Sky Studios), and The Adventures of Tintin (Amblin Entertainment, Wingnut Films, and Kennedy/Marshall).
This is a very strong field of nominees. Right now, I would give the edge to Rango, but I suspect voting will be tight. I haven’t seen A Cat in Paris, Arrugas, or Chico & Rita, foreign-made films that will probably not see wide distribution in the U.S.
There are 9 nominees in the Best Animated Short Subject category, 8 nominees in the Best General Audience Animated TV Production category, and 9 nominees in the Best Animated Video Game category. So all in all, it looks like 2011 was a great year for animation.
The 2011 Annie Award ceremony will be on Saturday, February 4, 2012, at UCLA’s Royce Hall in Los Angeles. The complete list of Annie Award nominations, ticket, and event information can be found at www.annieawards.org.