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Frozen And Mr. Hublot Win Gold Man

Frozen_4As expected, Disney’s Frozen won the Best Ani­mated Film Oscar at tonight’s Acad­emy Awards cer­e­mony. The film, which is near­ing one bil­lion dol­lars in total box office, beat out four other films to take the honor. This is The Walt Dis­ney Studio’s first win of the Best Ani­mated Fea­ture award since its intro­duc­tion in 2002.

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Annie Awards Animation Winners Frozen Over

Annie Awards Statue

Annie Awards Statue

Last night saw Dis­ney freeze out most of the com­pe­ti­tion when the best and most cre­ative in ani­ma­tion met at UCLA’s Royce Hall for the 41st Annual Annie Awards. Spon­sored by ASIFA Hol­ly­wood, the awards rec­og­nize great works in tele­vi­sion, the­atri­cal film and games. This years awards were hosted by voice actor Tom Warburton.

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Frozen Wins Best Produced

Frozen_4As it steam­rolls it’s way toward February’s Oscars, Frozen wins another award, this one for Pro­ducer Peter Del Vecho. The 25th Annual Pro­duc­ers Guild Awards were awarded last night at the Bev­erly Hilton hotel in Bev­erly Hills. In an non-animated stun­ner, this years com­pe­ti­tion fea­tured the first tie for the top film prize in the PGAs’ 25-year his­tory. Live-action films Grav­ity and 12 Years A Slave shared the Dar­ryl F. Zanuck Award for Out­stand­ing Pro­ducer of The­atri­cal Motion Pictures.

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Globes Hot For Frozen

Golden Globe

Golden Globe

Disney’s Frozen was the big pick for the Best Ani­mated Fea­ture at the 71st Annual Golden Globe awards last night, spon­sored by the Hol­ly­wood For­eign Press Asso­ci­a­tion. Other top win­ners were “12 Years a Slave” and “Amer­i­can Hus­tle” for best motion pic­ture drama and best com­edy or musi­cal motion pic­ture, respec­tively. The wins thrust the two films into the top posi­tions for the Acad­emy Awards’ best pic­ture Oscar.

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Paperman Producer Kristina Reed Flies Out Of Oscars

Kristina Reed

Kristina Reed

Kristina Reed, the pro­ducer of the Acad­emy Award Win­ning ani­mated short Paper­man was escorted from her seat at the awards show shortly after her film won the cov­eted stat­uette. It seems that in her exu­ber­ant mood to cel­e­brate the win, Ms. Reed took to mak­ing paper air­planes, apply­ing a lip-stick kiss, and send­ing the planes into the audi­ence around her.

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The Jockstrap Raiders Invade The Internets!

The Jockstrap Raiders

The Jock­strap Raiders

The full video of the Stu­dent Acad­emy Award win­ning Ani­ma­tion “The Jock­strap Raiders” is now avail­able to view online. Five years in the mak­ing, this was a labor of love for direc­tor Mark Nel­son. The film became his Mas­ters the­sis project at UCLA.

The Jock­strap Raiders is a Stu­dent Acad­emy Award win­ning ani­mated short film about a group of mis­fits dur­ing world war I. It takes place in Leeds, Eng­land where our heroes are all excluded from the war due to var­i­ous abnor­mal­i­ties. Threat­ened by the invad­ing Ger­man Kaiser and his army, they must learn to become a team and over­come their defi­cien­cies in order to save Britain, and the world.

Com­pleted at UCLA, it is Mark Nelson’s MFA the­sis project. The short has won many awards, includ­ing: Stu­dent Acad­emy Award; Best Ani­ma­tion, British Ani­ma­tion Fes­ti­val; Best Ani­ma­tion Macon Film Fes­ti­val; Best Nar­ra­tive Short GI Film Fes­ti­val; Audi­ence Award Orlando Film Festival.

And The Best In Animation Is.… Annie Award Winners

Annie Awards Statue

Annie Awards Statue

Tonight, film critic Leonard Maltin and voice actors Pinky and the Brain, urm, Uh, I mean Rob Paulsen and Mau­rice LaMarche are hand­ing out the Annies at UCLA’s Royce Hall. For 40 years this annual event rec­og­nizes the best in ani­ma­tion from around the world.

Through most of the night, things look pretty well split up between the big stu­dios, with one award going to Dream­Works, the next to Pixar, then to Para­Nor­man, and then to Dis­ney. But when the big awards came down, it was all Dis­ney, with Wreck-It Ralph pulling in Best Music, Voice Act­ing, Direct­ing and Best Fea­ture. Dis­ney short Paper­man won for best ani­mated short.

The full list of winners:

Best Ani­mated Video Game
Jour­ney – Sony Com­puter Enter­tain­ment America

Best Stu­dent Film
Head Over Heels – Tim­o­thy Reckart

Sto­ry­board­ing in a TV/Broadcast Pro­duc­tion
Doug Lovelace Drag­ons: Rid­ers Of Berk: Por­trait Of Hic­cup As A Buff Man – Dream­Works Animation

Sto­ry­board­ing in a Fea­ture Pro­duc­tion
Johanne Matte, Rise Of The Guardians – Dream­Works Animation

Edit­ing in TV/Broadcast Pro­duc­tion
Hugo Morales, Adam Arnold, Davrik Wae­den and Otto Fer­raye Kung Fu Panda: Enter The DragonNick­elodeon Ani­ma­tion Studios

Edit­ing in a Fea­ture Pro­duc­tion
Nicholas C. Smith, A.C.E., Robert Gra­hamjones, A.C.E., David Suther Brave – Pixar Ani­ma­tion Studios

Char­ac­ter Design in a TV/Broadcast Pro­duc­tion
Robert Val­ley, Dis­ney Tron: Upris­ing: The Rene­gade, Part 1 – Dis­ney TV Animation

Char­ac­ter Design in a Fea­ture Pro­duc­tion
Heidi Smith, Para­Nor­manLAIKA/Focus Features

June Foray Award
Howard Green (VP, Com­mu­ni­ca­tions for Walt Dis­ney Ani­ma­tion Studios)

Tex Avery Award
June Foray

Win­sor McCay Award
Oscar Grillo

Music in a TV/Broadcast Pro­duc­tion
John Pae­sano, Drag­ons: Rid­ers Of Berk: How To Pick Your Dragon – Dream­Works Animation

Music in a Fea­ture Pro­duc­tion
Henry Jack­man, Skrillex, Adam Young, Matthew Thiessen, Jamie Hous­ton, Yasushi Aki­moto, Wreck-It Ralph – Walt Dis­ney Ani­ma­tion Studios

Ani­mated Effects In an Ani­mated Pro­duc­tion
Andy Hayes, Carl Hooper, David Lip­ton – Rise Of The Guardians – Dream­Works Animation

Ani­mated Effects in a Live Action Pro­duc­tion
Jerome Plat­teaux, John Sig­urd­son, Ryan Hop­kins, Raul Essig, Mark Chat­away The Avengers – Indus­trial Light & Magic

Ub Iwerks Award
Toon Boom Pipeline

Char­ac­ter Ani­ma­tion in a Live Action Pro­duc­tion
Erik de Boer, Matt Shumway, Brian Wells, Vinayak Pawar, Michael Holzl, Life Of Pi – Tiger – Rhythm & Hues Studio

Char­ac­ter Ani­ma­tion in a TV/Broadcast Pro­duc­tion
Dan Driscoll, Sponge­bob SquarePants: It’s a Sponge­Bob Christ­mas! – Nick­elodeon Ani­ma­tion Studios

Char­ac­ter Ani­ma­tion in a Fea­ture Pro­duc­tion
Travis Knight Para­Nor­manLAIKA/Focus Features

Pro­duc­tion Design in a TV/Broadcast Pro­duc­tion
Alberto Mielgo, Dis­ney Tron: Upris­ing: The Stranger – Dis­ney TV Animation

Pro­duc­tion Design in a Fea­ture Pro­duc­tion
Steve Pilcher, Brave – Pixar Ani­ma­tion Studios

Win­sor McCay Award
Terry Gilliam

Best Ani­mated Spe­cial Pro­duc­tion
Despi­ca­ble Me: Min­ion May­hem – Illu­mi­na­tion Entertainment

Best Ani­mated Short Sub­ject
Paper­man – Walt Dis­ney Ani­ma­tion Studios

Writ­ing in a Television/Broadcast Pro­duc­tion
Trey Parker, South Park: Jew­pacabra – Cen­tral Productions

Writ­ing in a Fea­ture Pro­duc­tion
Phil John­son, Jen­nifer Lee, Wreck-It Ralph – Walt Dis­ney Ani­ma­tion Studios

Win­sor McCay Award
Mark Henn

Voice Act­ing in a Television/Broadcast Pro­duc­tion
Kris­ten Schaal as Mabel Pines Grav­ity Falls: Tourist Trapped – Dis­ney TV Animation

Voice Act­ing in a Fea­ture Pro­duc­tion
Alan Tudyk as King Candy Wreck-It Ralph – Walt Dis­ney Ani­ma­tion Studios

Best Ani­mated Tele­vi­sion Pro­duc­tion for Pre-School Chil­dren
Bub­ble Gup­pies: A Tooth On the Looth – Nick­elodeon Ani­ma­tion Studios

Direct­ing in a Television/Broadcast Pro­duc­tion
John Eng, Drag­ons: Rid­ers Of Berk: Ani­mal House – Dream­Works Animation

Direct­ing in a Fea­ture Pro­duc­tion
Rich Moore, Wreck-It Ralph – Walt Dis­ney Ani­ma­tion Studios

Gen­eral Audi­ence Tele­vi­sion Pro­duc­tion
Robot Chicken DC Comics Spe­cial – Stoopid Buddy Studios

Ani­mated Fea­ture
Wreck-It Ralph– Walt Dis­ney Ani­ma­tion Studios

Maltin, Paulsen and Lamarche to Host Annie Animation Awards

Annie Awards Statue

Annie Awards Statue

Why have just one when you can have four!

For­mer Annie Awards host and movie reviewer Leonard Maltin and voice actors Rob Paulsen and Mau­rice Lamarche will share host­ing duties, along with a spe­cial appear­ance by long time Annies presenter-favorite, actor and ani­ma­tion indus­try pro­fes­sional Seth Green, at this year’s 40th Annual Annie Awards, set for Sat­ur­day, Feb­ru­ary 2.

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 fol­low­ing the cer­e­mony. All events will be held at UCLA’s Royce Hall.

We are very excited to have our hosts share in the 40th cel­e­bra­tion of the Annies and know they will bring great energy and excite­ment to this year’s cer­e­mony,” says ASIFA-Hollywood pres­i­dent Frank Glad­stone. Joined on stage by a lively mix of ani­ma­tion lumi­nar­ies, celebrity pre­sen­ters and comedic tal­ent — includ­ing ani­ma­tion leg­end June Foray — are Jes­sica Wal­ter, James Patrick Stu­art, Kris­ten Schaal, Mae Whit­man, Sean Astin, Greg Cipes, Jason Biggs, Jes­sica DiCi­cco, Lucas Grabeel, Dar­ren Criss and Joey Richter, Kevin Shinick, Jim Cum­mings and Diedrich Bader, Atti­cus Shaf­fer and Tucker Albrizzi, Jamie Bolio, Kevin Michael Richard­son and Loretta Devine, Alan Tudyk, Mo Collins, Max Charles, Jon Olsen and Fred
Tatash­iore, Sam Wit­mer and Matt Lanter, and Tony Anselmo.

This year’s Win­sor McCay recip­i­ents are Terry Gilliam, Oscar Grillo and Mark Henn. 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. The June Foray award will be pre­sented to Howard Green, and the Ub Iwerks Award will be pre­sented to Toon Boom Animation.

Often a pre­dic­tor of the annual Acad­emy Award for Best Ani­mated Fea­ture, the Annie Awards honor over­all excel­lence as well as indi­vid­ual achieve­ment in a total of 30 cat­e­gories rang­ing from best fea­ture, pro­duc­tion design, char­ac­ter ani­ma­tion and effects ani­ma­tion to sto­ry­board­ing, writ­ing, music, edit­ing and voice act­ing. Entries sub­mit­ted for con­sid­er­a­tion were from pro­duc­tions that orig­i­nally aired, were exhib­ited in an ani­ma­tion fes­ti­val or com­mer­cially released between Jan­u­ary 1 and Decem­ber 31, 2012.

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 film preser­va­tion, spe­cial events, classes and screenings.

Cre­ated in 1972 by vet­eran voice tal­ent Foray, the Annie Awards have grown in scope and stature for the past three decades.

Brave wins Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature

Golden Globe

Golden Globe

The highest-grossing ani­mated film of 2012 won the Golden Globe Award for Best Ani­mated Fea­ture Film on Sun­day night.

Brave, co-produced by Pixar Ani­ma­tion Stu­dios and Walt Dis­ney Pic­tures, made $237.2 mil­lion in North Amer­ica alone to have the seventh-highest gross of any movie — ani­mated or oth­er­wise — released last year.

It won out in the cat­e­gory over fel­low Dis­ney releases Franken­wee­nie (Walt Dis­ney Pic­tures) and Wreck-It Ralph (Walt Dis­ney Pictures/Walt Dis­ney Ani­ma­tion Stu­dios; Walt Dis­ney Pic­tures), as well as nom­i­nees Hotel Tran­syl­va­nia (Colum­bia Pictures/Sony Pic­tures Ani­ma­tion and Rise of the Guardians (Dream­Works Ani­ma­tion LLC).

Brave direc­tor Mark Andrews received the Golden Globe from come­dian Sacha Baron Cohen, who feigned drunk­en­ness onstage.

Holy cow! Being brave is about being true to your­self and allow­ing your loved ones the same free­dom,” said Andrews.

The Golden Globes are pre­sented by the Hol­ly­wood For­eign Press Asso­ci­a­tion. Sunday’s awards cer­e­mony aired live on NBC.

Haowei Hu’s Seasons Wins at London Film Awards



Sea­sons,” directed by Haowei Hu of the United States, was named Best Ani­mated Film on Sun­day at the Lon­don Film Awards.

Sea­sons is a sur­real motion graph­ics ani­ma­tion based on the chang­ing sea­sons. Begin­ning with spring, the richly hued illus­tra­tions in this work come alive as they trans­form in color and rhyth­mic tempo to reveal the full sea­sonal spectrum.

The Lon­don Film Awards is London’s pre­miere film awards body, which cel­e­brates and awards the work of inde­pen­dent film’s best and bright­est con­tem­po­rary film­mak­ers and screen­writ­ers span­ning the globe. The Offi­cial Jury selected one exclu­sive Gold Lion Award Win­ner for each offi­cial com­pe­ti­tion cat­e­gory, the awards’ high­est and most esteemed honors.

A full list of the 2012 win­ners can be found at the competition’s offi­cial site, www.londonfilmawards.com.

Our 2012 com­pe­ti­tion marks an incred­i­ble year for the Lon­don Film Awards. LFA received sub­mis­sions rep­re­sent­ing some of the world’s most tal­ented film­mak­ers,” said awards exec­u­tive direc­tor Joey Paulos.

After care­ful con­sid­er­a­tion, we have dis­tilled the very best of this year’s entries,” said Joey Pau­los, Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of the Lon­don Film Awards. “We are hon­ored to cel­e­brate the tal­ent and com­mit­ment of each of these accom­plished artists.”

The Grand Jury Prize was pre­sented to Beauty and the Breast, directed by Lil­iana Komorowska of Canada. She also won the award for Best First-Time Direc­tor. A first-time doc­u­men­tary film­maker offers a com­pelling insight into the dev­as­tat­ing real­ity of breast can­cer, as seen through the eyes of sev­eral female patients help­ing demys­tify the deadly dis­ease while paint­ing poignant and often humor­ous intimate.

The Spe­cial Jury Prize was pre­sented to Womble, directed by Robert Pirouet of the United King­dom. Years have passed and what’s changed? Jim Labey sits wait­ing in the cor­ri­dor of his old school wait­ing for a job inter­view. The prob­lem? The other side of the desk is Piers Mourant, an old class­mate of Jim’s… and Pier’s remem­bers everything!

The Best Fea­ture Film was pre­sented to Pechorin, directed by Roman Khrushch of Rus­sia. It’s based on the Russ­ian clas­sic Mikhail Ler­mon­tov novel The Hero of Our Time. All events shown as they are reflected in the mind of the dying hero as a series of irrev­o­ca­ble mis­takes and inter­preted anew: it is either recon­sid­er­a­tion or repentance.