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Annie Awards Voters Pick Nine Feature Nominees

Annie Awards Voters Pick Nine Feature Nominees

The International Animated Film Society (ASIFA-Hollywood) revealed the nominees today for its 43rd Annual Annie Awards. (The full list of nominees in 36 categories here.) The top five features often presage the Oscar nominated animation category as well, and include two films from Pixar for the first time, along with entries from Aardman, Blue Sky and Paramount. 

Happily, a new category this year recognizes independent animated features, which properly should include Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson’s stop-motion “Anomalisa,” which was an indie-funded festival acquisition by Paramount. ASIFA wanted to put the spotlight on “the independent animators, international studios, anime and special productions that might not otherwise get the attention they deserve,” they stated.

The Best Feature animated top five are:

1. “Anomalisa” (Paramount Pictures)
2. “Inside Out” (Pixar Animation Studios)
3. “Shaun the Sheep The Movie “(Aardman Animations)
4. “The Good Dinosaur” (Pixar Animation Studios)
5. “The Peanuts Movie” (Blue Sky Studios, Twentieth Century Fox Animation).

Left out of the top four are DreamWorks’ “Home” and Illumination spin-off “Minions.”

The top four independent features nominees:

1. “Boy And the World” (Filme de Papel)
2. “Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet”  (Ventanarosa)
3. “The Boy and The Beast” (Studio Chizu)
4. “When Marnie Was There” (Studio Ghibli).

The Annie Awards categories also include Best Special Productions, Commercials, Short Subjects, Student Films and Outstanding Individual Achievements, as well as the honorary Juried Awards. The winners will be announced at a black tie event on Saturday, February 6, 2016 at UCLA’s Royce Hall.   
The ASIFA-picked Winsor McCay Awards for career achievement will be presented to Joe Ranft, Phil Roman and Isao Takahata and the June Foray humanitarian Award winner is Don Hahn. 

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