Annual Annie Awards ceremony, recognizing the year’s best in animation, will be held this Saturday, January 31st, at 5 p.m. with Red Carpet arrivals and a VIP champagne reception. The awards ceremony itself starts at 7 p.m., with an after-party immediately following
the show. All events will be held at UCLA’s Royce Hall.
Scheduled to present the coveted Annie
trophies this year are the comedy-folk duo Garfunkel & Oates – actress-songwriters Riki
Lindhome and Kate Mucucci; Veteran voice talent and industry legend June Foray; Disney songwriter Richard Sherman, Filmmaker and artist Tomm Moore;
Industry professionals Leslie Iwerks, John Musker, Ron Clements and
ASIFA-Hollywood Executive Director, Frank Gladstone.
Annie Awards honor overall
excellence as well as individual achievement in a total of 36 categories including Best Animated Feature, Best Animated
Special Production, Commercials, Short Subjects and Outstanding Individual
Achievements. The Best Animated Features nominations this year are 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 also honor career
achievement and exceptional contributions to animation with its Juried awards. This year’s recipients
include the Winsor McCay award to producers Didier Brunner and Lee Mendelson, and legendary
animator Don Lusk; The June Foray Award to author and critic Charles Solomon; The Ub Iwerks Award to DreamWorks Animation’s Apollo
Software; and a Special Achievement Award to The Walt Disney Family Museum.
Admission tickets for the ceremony-only can be purchased through the UCLA Box
Office, 310.825.2101 or Ticketmaster.com. VIP tickets are currently sold out. The Awards ceremony will be live-streamed here 7pm PST / 10pm EST on Animation Scoop (http://blogs.indiewire.com/animationscoop/).