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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.

Rise of the Guardians Wins at Satellite Awards

Rise Of The Guardians

Rise Of The Guardians

Dreamworks Animation’s “Rise Of The Guardians” was named Best Motion Picture, Animated or Mixed Media at the Satellite Awards, held Sunday night by the International Press Academy at the Intercontinental Hotel in Beverly Hills.

Other nominees in the category were DWA’s Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted, Brave (Disney*Pixar), Ice Age 4: Continental Drift (20th Century Fox Animation), Wreck-it Ralph (Walt Disney Studios) and Frankenweenie (Walt Disney Pictures).

Two tunes from animated films had been nominated for Best Original Song: “Learn Me Right,” performed by Birdy and written by Birdy & Mumford And Sons, from Brave, and “Love Always Comes As A Surprise,” performed by Peter Asher and written by Peter Asher and Dave Stewart, from Madagascar 3. However, they lost to “Suddenly,” performed by Hugh Jackman and written by Claude-Michel Schönberg, Alain Boubil and Herbert Kretzmer, from the live-action Les Misérables.

The David O. Russell comedy Silver Linings Playbook won five awards, including Best Motion Picture.

Combustible Heats up Japan Media Arts Festival

Hi No Yojin (Combustible)

Hi No Yojin (Combustible)

Katsuhiro Ohiro’s short film  Hi No Yôjin (Combustible) has won the Grand Prize in the Animation Division of the 16th Japan Media Arts Festival, organizers announced Thursday.

Set in mid-18th century Edo (the old name for Tokyo), Combustible centers on Owaka, a merchant’s daughter, and her childhood friend Matsuyoshi. Though the two are attracted to each other, Matsuyoshi’s family has disowned him, forcing him to make a living as a fireman. But just as their relationship is starting to bloom, Owaka’s family begins to move forward with plans to find her a husband. Unable to forget Matsuyoshi, in a fit of crazed passion, Owaka causes a huge fire to break out, burning down the town. The two lovers happen to cross paths again in the midst of this blaze.

The backdrop for this spectacle is one of the great fires that frequently occurred in the metropolis of Edo. Using traditional Nihonga (Japanese-style) paintings as a motif for the animated images, the work meticulously recreates the manners, implements, and lifestyle of Tokyoites some 300 years ago. In addition, by combining hand-drawn animation with 3D computer graphics, the creators have sought to develop an innovative form of expression through moving images.

Excellence Awards were given to the animated feature films Asura (George Akiyama and Keiichi Sato; Asura Film Partners), The Life of Budori Gusuko (Gisaburo Sugii; The Movie Committee) and Wolf Children (Mamoru Hosoda; “Wolf Children” Film Partners), as well as the short film The Great Rabbit (Atsushi Wada; Sacrebleu Productions/CaRTe bLaNChe).

New Face Awards were given to the short film Futon (Yoriko Mizushiri), the TV animation Lupin the Third: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine (Sayo Yamamoto; Monkey Punch/TMS Entertainment Co., Ltd. and the Belgian short Oh Willy… (Emma de Swaef and Marc James Roels).

The following were jury selections in the Animation Division. All are from Japan unless otherwise specified:

Feature films: Afterschool Midnighters (Hitoshi Takekiyo), Berserk Golden Age Arc II: The Doldrey War (Toshiyuki Kubooka), Friends Naki on Monster Island (Ryuichi Yagi and Takashi Yamazaki), FUSE -Memoirs of the Hunter Girl (Masayuki Miyaji), Rainbow Fireflies (Konosuke Uda)

Short films: awaiting (Hakhyun Kim; South Korea), crazy for it (Yutaro Kubo), Deposit of Sentiment (Saori Suzuki), Grain Coupon (Xi Chen; China), Harbor Tale (Yuichi Ito), I am alone, walking on the straightroad (Masanori Okamoto), I’m also a bear (Tsuneo Goda), KiyaKiya (Akino Kondoh), Love Games (Yumi Yound; South Korea), My socks (Ikuo Kato), New Tokyo Ondo (Misaki Uwabo), No Rain No Rainbow (Osamu Sakai), Nyosha (Liran Kapel and Yael Dekel; Israel), Possessions (Shuhei Morita), Recruit Rhapsody (Maho Yoshida), Sunset Flower Blooming (Yuanyuan Hu; China), The Sakuramoto broom workshop (Aya Tsugehata), The Sardine Tin (Louise-Marie Colon; Belgium), Yonalure: Moment to Moment (Ayaka Nakata and Yuki Sakitani), 108 prayer beads (Han Han Li; China)

TV animations: Carefree Fairies (gdgd-partners), Kids On the Slope (Shinichiro Watanabe), tsuritama (tsuritama partners)

The Japan Media Arts Festival honors works of excellence in a diverse range of media — from animation and
manga to games and media art. This year, a record number of 3,503 works were submitted for the festival, including 1,502 works from 71 countries and regions around the world. More applications had been submitted for this, the 16th festival, than in any year since its inception in 1997.

The Exhibition of Award-Winning Works will be held from February 13 to 24 at the National Art Center in Tokyo and other venues.

Washington, D.C.-area Film Critics Like ParaNorman



ParaNorman” was named Best Animated Feature of 2012 by the Washington, D.C. Area Film Critics Association on Monday morning.

The movie defeated fellow nominees Brave, Frankenweenie, Rise of the Guardians and Wreck-It Ralph.

WAFCA honored a wide sweep of films, ranging from musicals to science fiction. And while only three films garnered more than one award, it was clear that historical/political dramas resonated most with the critics from America’s capital.

Zero Dark Thirty, the account of United States intelligence specialists’ and Army special forces’ pursuit and elimination of terrorist Osama bin Laden, won Best Film. In 2009, Kathryn Bigelow became the first woman to ever win the WAFCA prize for Best Director for her Iraq War film, The Hurt Locker. Just three years later, Bigelow has won the same award again for Zero Dark Thirty.

“In a year full of strong films,” said WAFCA president Tim Gordon, “director Kathryn Bigelow’s bold and audacious vision, represented in our Best Picture winner, is the perfect political story for our members in the District of Columbia. This story, told with steely, cold effectiveness, is a worthy entry into WAFCA’s Best Picture canon and a cinematic achievement that we are proud to honor.”

Zero Dark Thirty also netted Jessica Chastain her first Best Actress award. Daniel Day-Lewis won Best Actor for his riveting portrayal of President Abraham Lincoln in the year’s other outstanding historical drama, Lincoln. Best Supporting Actor went to Philip Seymour Hoffman for The Master, and Best Supporting Actress went to Anne Hathaway for Les Miserables, which also scooped the Best Acting Ensemble.

The screenplay awards covered two very different films: Best Adapted Screenplay went to David O. Russell for his story of love and shared neuroses in Silver Linings Playbook, and Rian Johnson won Best Original Screenplay for his time travel mind-bender, Looper.

The award for Best Documentary went to Bully, while that for Best Foreign Language Film was presented to Michael Haneke’s Amour. Best Art Direction went to Cloud Atlas, while Claudio Miranda won Best Cinematography for Life of Pi, and Jonny Greenwood took Best Score for The Master.

New this year, WAFCA proudly instituted The Joe Barber Award for Best Youth Performance, named in honor of beloved D.C. film critic and longtime WTOP arts editor Joe Barber, who died just over a year ago. The award, which highlights the best performance from an actor or actress under 20, went to Quvenzhane Wallis for Beasts of the Southern Wild.

“It’s a shame Joe was not able to see Quvenzhane’s fierce and compassionate performance in this gem of a film,” said Gordon. “It’s exactly the sort of role Joe would have loved, and we are so thankful to be able to remember him going forward with this very special award.”

The Washington, D.C. Area Film Critics Association is comprised of nearly 50 film critics from TV, radio, print and the Internet based in the District of Columbia, Virginia and Maryland. Voting was conducted from Friday to Sunday.

L.A. Critics Name “Frankenweenie” Best Animation



Frankenweenie,” directed by Tim Burton, has been named the Best Animation of 2012 by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association.

Don Hertzfeldt’s It’s Such a Beautiful Day was declared runner-up in the category.

The 38th Annual LAFCA Awards were announced Sunday.

Amour was named Best Picture of the year. Its star, Emmanuelle Riva, tied for Best Actress for Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook).

Runner-up for Best Picture was The Master. Paul Thomas Anderson was named Best Director, while Best Actor went to Joaquin Phoenix and Best Supporting Actress went to Amy Adams.

The Master also earned Mihai Malaimare Jr. a runner-up nod for Best Cinematography. The movie’s Jack Fisk and David Crank won for Best Production Design. Jonny Greenwood was named runner-up for Best Music Score.

Documentarian Frederick Wiseman received the Career Achievement award.

Founded in 1975, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association is comprised of Los Angeles-based professional film critics working in the Los Angeles print and electronic media.

Plaques of recognition are presented to winners during LAFCA’s annual ceremony, held in mid-January.

Bydlo Named One of Canada’s 10 Best Short Animated Films



Bydlo,” an animation directed by Patrick Bouchard for the National Film Board of Canada, was named Tuesday evening as one of Canada’s top short films of 2012.

The 12th annual Canada’s Top Ten list was announced at a Toronto gala organized by the Toronto International Film Festival Group. Actors Sarah Gadon and Don McKellar were the hosts.

An allegory of mankind heading for disaster, Bydlo is a tragic vision inspired by the fourth movement of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. Drawing on the composer’s brilliant ability to evoke work and labour in his music, Bouchard brings the earth to life through animated clay sculptures, creating a concrete and terrifying world, a tactile nightmare in which man is his own slave driver.

The film has been nominated for next year’s Annie Award for Best Animated Short Subject. It premiered June 7 at the Annecy International Animation Festival.

Others in this year’s list of Top 10 Canadian shorts are (in alphabetical order) Chef de meute (Herd Leader), directed by Chloé Robichaud; Crackin’ Down Hard, directed by Mike Clattenburg; Kaspar, directed by Diane Obomsawin; Ne crâne pas sois modeste (Keep a Modest Head), directed by Deco Dawson; Lingo, directed by Bahar Noorizadeh; Malody, directed by Phillip Barker; Old Growth, directed by Tess Girard; Reflexions, directed by Martin Thibaudeau; and Paparmane (Wintergreen), directed by Joëlle Desjardins Paquette.

A list of Canada’s Top 10 feature films was announced as well.

“From a hilarious sex quest to an apocalyptic satire, this year’s diverse list of documentaries, comedies, dramas and epics serve the country’s savvy moviegoers the eclectic cocktail of films they have grown to count on from Canada’s Top Ten,” TIFF senior programmer Steve Gravestock said in a statement.

Added TIFF artistic director Cameron Bailey: “We couldn’t be more impressed by the calibre of films the industry has produced this year,”

TIFF will screen films from both Top 10 lists at its Lightbox headquarters in Toronto from January 4 to 13. The screenings will be accompanied by special introductions and question-and-answer sessions with the filmmakers. Some of the films will come to other Canadian cities in the new year. Screenings are planned for Montreal, Vancouver and Edmonton.

A panel made up of filmmakers, movie industry people and journalists across Canada chose the two lists.

Animated Edmond Was a Donkey A Winner at Francophone Fest

Edmond Was a Donkey (Edmond Etait un Ãne (French)

Edmond Was a Donkey (Edmond Etait un Ãne (French)

Franck Dion’s animation “Edmond Etait Un Ane” (“Edmund Was a Donkey”) won the prize for best international short film Friday at the 26th Festival international de cinéma francophone en Acadie, held in Moncton, New Bruswick.

Jurors Chris LeBlanc, Émilie Moreault and Nisk Imbeault recognized the National Film Board of Canada release “for (Dion’s) capacity to create an effect of total immersion in in a skillfully conceptualized universe, and for the universality of the theme that can touch on all human marginalities.”

Tied for the “Coup de coeur du public” prize was Phil Comeau’s feature-length documentary Frédéric Back: Grandeur Nature. Back is a Canadian artist and director of short animated films.

Friday’s award ceremony was held during the festival’s evening at the Capitol theater.

Gumball Gets Two British Academy Kids’ Animation Awards

Brian Cosgrove

Brian Cosgrove (left) was presented with the Special Award at the British Academy Children’s Awards by long-standing friend and colleague David Jason.

Cartoon Network Europe series “The Amazing World Of Gumball” was the winner in both the Animation and Writing categories Sunday at the British Academy Children’s Awards.

The show, which airs on Cartoon Network UK, was produced in association with Dandelion Studios, Boulder Media and Studio Soi.

Ben Bocquelet, Mic Graves and Joanna Beresford were singled out for their work in animation, Bocquelet, James Lamont and Jon Foster were honored as the writers.

Other British Academy Children’s Award nominees for animation were The Amazing Adrenalini Brothers (Pesky Productions/POP), The Gruffalo’s Child (Magic Light Pictures in association with Studio Soi/BBC One) and The Mechanical Musical Marvel (Chris Randall and Julie Boden; Second Home Studios/THSH Birmingham).

In Pre-School Animation, the winner was Peppa Pig (Philip Hall, Joris van Hulzen and Phil Davies; Astley Baker Davies/Five).

Others nominated for Pre-School Animation were Rastamouse (Greg Boardman, Eugenio Perez and Derek Mogford; The Rastamouse Company/CBeebies), Timmy Time (Jackie Cockle, Liz Whitaker and David Scanlon; Aardman Animations/CBeebies) and Tree Fu Tom (Daniel Bays and Adam Shaw; Plug-in Media/Blue Zoo Productions/CBeebies).

The award in the International category was given to SpongeBob SquarePants (Paul Tibbitt, Casey Alexander and Zeus Cervas; MTV Networks International/United Plankton Pictures/Nickelodeon UK).

The animated Share A Story 2011 (Dave Hickman, Carl Hadley and David Heslop; CiTV Creative/CiTV) won in the Short Form category.

CBBC was named Channel Of The Year, defeating CBeebies, CiTV and Cyw.

Brian Cosgrove, the man behind classic children’s animations The BFG, Count Duckula, DangerMouse and many more, was honoured with the Special Award for outstanding creative contribution to the industry.

Cosgrove formed Manchester-based animation studio Cosgrove Hall with his business partner Mark Hall in 1975. The studio quickly established itself as the leading producer of animated programmes in the United Kingdom. It created shows and films that have entertained millions of people all over the world, including Bill and Ben, Noddy, Rainbow and Chorlton and the Wheelies.

The Special Award was presented to Cosgrove by long-standing friend and colleague David Jason.

“I had the pleasure of working with Brian Cosgrove and Mark Hall a number of times, and it was always a joy. The quality of the creative work, the high standard on which they based every detail of every project was so reassuring for one of the newer people like me,” Debra Gillett explained.

“No matter how long the day, work was always fun, and felt like a family getting together every time we met to record the next set of episodes. Cossie, as he was affectionately known by some, knew what he wanted down to the last minute detail, and the result was wonderful, original shows which were enjoyed all over the world. I am so pleased that his work is being recognized with this well-deserved award.”

Cosgrove and the team at Cosgrove Hall were also champions of Manchester’s arts and cultural scene, so much so that members of Joy Division (Bernard Sumner), The Stone Roses (John Squire) and Inspiral Carpets (Craig Gill) all worked under Cosgrove and Hall’s tutelage at some point in the studio’s life.

Said Cosgrove: “After 40 years of making children’s programs, it is an honor and a privilege to be receiving this Special Award from BAFTA. On hearing I would receive the Award, I was thrilled!

“I’ve been lucky in many ways, particularly that I’ve spent my whole career doing what I would have chosen to do as a hobby, and I was fortunate in finding the right person, Mark Hall, to work alongside. Together, we built a company that gave work to a whole generation of artists and filmmakers, and hopefully, via the programs we made, brought pleasure to many generations of viewers.”

In the BAFTA Kids’ Vote, the partly animated The Smurfs won for Feature Film.

Sunday’s ceremony took place at the London Hilton on Park Lane.

My Little Pony’s Andrea Libman Wins Animation Voice Award

Andrea Libman

Andrea Libman

For her portrayals of Pinkie Pie and Fluttershy in My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, Toronto-born Vancouver performer Andrea Libman, 28, won the Award for Best Voice at the inaugural UBCP/ACTRA Awards.

Two other voice performers in My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic had been nominated in the same category: Trevor Devall (Prince Blueblood) and Tabitha St. Germain (many characters).

Also nominated were Lee Tockar (Doktor Frogg) for League of Super Evil: “Lose Weight” and Sam Vincent (Lester) for Rated A for Awesome: “Lost in Character.”

The UBCP/ACTRA Award for Best Actress went to Camille Sullivan (Sisters & Brothers), while the award for Best Actor was given to Stephen Lobo for Afghan Luke. Also for Sisters & Brothers, Kacey Rohl was named Best Newcomer.

The UBCP/ACTRA Award for Best Stunt was handed out to Phil Mitchell for his work in True Justice: “Urban Warfare.”

Melissa Stubbs received the John Juliani Award of Excellence. The Lorena Gale Woman of Distinction Award was given to Carol Whiteman.

The UBCP/ACTRA Awards ceremony took place Saturday night at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation studios in Vancouver.

Over 130 performances were submitted to the nominating committee, who used a voting system to determine the final nominees.

The nominating committee included UBCP members Blu Mankuma, Brian Markinson, Carmen Moore, David Mylrea, Garvin Cross, Jay Brazeau, John Cassini, Lauro Chartrand, Melissa Stubbs, Robert Moloney, Sarah-Jane Redmond and Sonja Bennett. Where a member of the committee was also submitted for a nomination, they recused themselves from the voting.

The Union of British Columbia Performers (UBCP/ACTRA) is an autonomous branch of ACTRA (Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists), the national organization of professional performers working in the English-language recorded media in Canada. ACTRA represents the interests of 22,000 members across Canada.