Actor Patton Oswalt to host 39th Annual Annies

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Patton Oswalt

Pat­ton Oswalt

Pat­ton Oswalt, recently nom­i­nated by the Chicago, Toronto and Los Ange­les Film Crit­ics’ Asso­ci­a­tions for his per­for­mance in Young Adult star­ring oppo­site Char­l­ize Theron, will host this year’s 39th Annual Annie Awards on Sat­ur­day, Feb­ru­ary 4 at UCLA’s Royce Hall, orga­niz­ers announced Monday.

The Annies are where the real weirdos hang, and it’s a visual feast just to have a drink with them,” says Oswalt, irrev­er­ent as always. “I can’t wait.”

Cel­e­brat­ing the best in ani­ma­tion, this annual black-tie evening will begin with a pre-reception at 5 p.m., fol­lowed by the Annie Awards cer­e­mony at 7 p.m. and an after-party cel­e­bra­tion imme­di­ately after the cer­e­mony. All events will be held at Royce Hall.

Patton’s comedic tal­ent, auda­cious humor and love for ani­ma­tion will bring great energy and vis­i­bil­ity, not to men­tion fun to this year’s cer­e­mony,’’ says ASIFA-Hollywood pres­i­dent Frank Glad­stone. “We are extremely excited to have him aboard.”

Pat­ton pro­vided the voice for Remy the rat in Pixar’s Oscar-winning Rata­touille, and also char­ac­ters on Word Girl and Neigh­bors from Hell. He has appeared in count­less TV shows, both ani­mated and live-action, and more than 20 films, includ­ing Mag­no­lia, Big Fan, Starsky and Hutch and The Infor­mant.

He will be joined on stage by a lively mix of ani­ma­tion lumi­nar­ies, celebrity pre­sen­ters and comedic tal­ent, includ­ing ani­ma­tion leg­end June Foray and Judy Greer, JK Sim­mons, James Hong, Jib Jab founders Greg and Evan Spiri­del­lis, Nika Fut­ter­man, Ty Bur­rell, Kelly Sta­bles, Tara Strong, Daran Nor­ris, Dee Bradley Baker and Logan Grove.

This year’s Win­sor McCay recip­i­ents are Walt Pere­goy, Borge Ring and Ronald Searle. Searle’s award will be posthu­mous, as he died late last year at 91.

The Win­sor McCay Award stands as one of the high­est hon­ors given to an indi­vid­ual in the ani­ma­tion indus­try in recog­ni­tion for career con­tri­bu­tions to the art of ani­ma­tion. For com­plete ticket infor­ma­tion and up-to-the minute details on the 39th Annual Annie Awards, visit www.annieawards.org.

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