Saturday, February 6th will mark the 43rd
Annual Annie Awards recognizing the year’s best in animation. Returning for a
second year to present Annie trophies are the comedy-folk duo Garfunkel & Oates –
actress-songwriters Riki Lindhome and Kate Mucucci. Joining the duo as
presenters are actor, producer & director Edward James Olmos with actress Rita Moreno; actor & writer Tom Kenny (SpongeBob SquarePants) with actress Laraine Newman (Dawn Of The Croods); actors Alexander Garfin and Hadley
Belle Miller (“Linus and Lucy” from The Peanuts Movie); actresses Kristen Schaal (Bob’s Burgers) and Phyllis Smith (‘Sadness” from Pixar’s Inside Out); and actor Kevin Michael Richardson and composer Christophe Beck. Watch the Annie Awards live on February 6 at:
“Last year, we thought
outside the box a little bit and tried a new ceremony format, with no specific
host. Instead, our presenters acted as “mini hosts,” each introducing a block
of awards. Happily this proved to be a big success. The ceremony was fun, fast
and fantastic, so we are going to do it again!” remarked ASIFA-Hollywood Executive Director, Frank Gladstone. “And, as we have seen over the last several
years, our audience, nominees and range of films continues to grow. Exemplified
by our new Best Feature-Independent award, the Annies are reaching out to a
world-wide and increasingly influential filmmaking community.”
The 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 Anomalisa (Paramount Pictures), Inside Out (Pixar Animation Studios), Shaun the Sheep Movie (Aardman Animations), The Good Dinosaur (Pixar Animation Studios) and The Peanuts Movie (Blue Sky Studios,
Twentieth Century Fox Animation).
The Annie Awards also honor career achievement and
exceptional contributions to animation with its Juried Awards. This year’s award
selection include three Winsor McCay
recipients – Director Isao Takahata, Joe Ranft, posthumously, Head of Story
at Pixar, and Animator, director and producer Phil Roman. The June Foray award for significant and
benevolent impact on the art and industry of animation will be presented to Producer
The black tie event will kick-off at 5
p.m. with Red Carpet arrivals and a VIP champagne reception, followed by the
awards ceremony at 7 p.m. and after-party immediately following the show. All
events will be held at UCLA’s Royce Hall. For
complete event details, please visit www.annieawards.org/event-info.
VIP tickets are sold out, but General
Admission seating for the ceremony-only can be purchased through the UCLA Box
Office or Ticketmaster.com.
ASIFA-Hollywood is the world’s first and foremost
professional organization dedicated to promoting the art of animation and
celebrating the people who create it. Today, ASIFA-Hollywood, the largest
chapter of the international organization ASIFA, supports a range of animation
activities and preservation efforts through its membership. Current initiatives
include the Animation Archive, Animation Aid Foundation, animated film
preservation, special events, classes and screenings.
Created in 1972 by June Foray, the Annie Awards have grown in scope and
stature for the past four decades. For more information on the Annie Awards,
please visit www.annieawards.org.
For information about ASIFA-Hollywood, visit www.asifa-hollywood.org.