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Coco Sweeps the 2018 Annie Awards

Nominees in the 45th annual Annie Awards were some of the best in recent years. From Best Student Film to Best Animated Feature – the talent was extraordinary. The nominees for Best Animated feature included:

Tonight’s most prestigious award for Best Animated Feature went to Disney’s Pixar for Coco!

But it didn’t end there. Coco also took home Annies for:

  • Outstanding Achievement, Directing in an Animated Feature Production
  • Outstanding Achievement, Writing in an Animated Feature Production
  • Outstanding Achievement, Production Design in an Animated Feature Production
  • Outstanding Achievement, Character Animation in an Animated Feature Production
  • Outstanding Achievement, Character Design in an Animated Feature Production
  • Outstanding Achievement, Music in an Animated Feature Production
  • Outstanding Achievement, Animated Effects in an Animated Production
  • Outstanding Achievement, Editing in an Animated Production
  • Outstanding Achievement, Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production

Earlier this year, Coco won the Golden Globe for best animated feature film. March 4th, all animation eyes will be watching the 90th annual Academy Awards to find out if history repeats itself. In four of the last six years, the winner of the Annie for Best Animated Feature went on to take the Oscar for animated feature (2017’s Zootopia, 2015’s Inside Out, 2013’s Frozen and 2011’s Rango)

Top Honors at the 45th Annual Annie Awards

A special shout-out to all of tonight’s top honor recipients including:

  • Best Animated Feature-Independent: The Breadwinner – Cartoon Saloon / Aircraft Pictures / Melusine Production
  • Best Animated Special Production: Revolting Rhymes – Magic Light Pictures
  • Best Animated Short Subject: Dear Basketball – Glen Keane Productions, Kobe Studios, Believe Entertainment Group
  • Best Animated Television/Broadcast Commercial: June – Broad Reach Pictures/Chromosphere/Lyft
  • Best Animated Television/Broadcast Production For Preschool Children: Octonauts “Operation Deep Freeze” – Vampire Squid Productions Limited, a Silvergate Media company, in association with Brown Bag Films
  • Best Animated Television / Broadcast Production For Children: We Bare Bears “Panda’s Art” – Cartoon Network Animation Studios
  • Best General Audience Animated Television/Broadcast Production: Rick and Morty – “Pickle Rick” – Williams Street Productions
  • Best Student Film: Poles Apart – Paloma Baeza, Ser En Low, All Student Crew

Best Animated Feature-Independent

Three years ago, ASIFA added the Best Independent Animated feature category. This year’s champ was The Breadwinner, the tale of a young girl growing up in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan. It came in with 10 nominations but went home with only the one – the highest honor – Best Animated Feature-Independent.

On the broadcast side, Adult Swim was the shining star winning the prestigious Best General Audience Animated Television/Broadcast Production award for Rick and Morty. The series from Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland, follows a sociopathic genius scientist who drags his inherently timid grandson on insanely dangerous adventures across the universe, also won the award for Outstanding Achievement, Writing in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production TV..

Adult Swim also picked up three other Annies: Outstanding Achievement, Character Design in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production, Outstanding Achievement, Production Design in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production and Outstanding Achievement, Editing in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production – all for Samurai Jack.

 Walt Disney Television Animation’s Disney Mickey Mouse went home with a pair: Outstanding Achievement, Directing in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production and Outstanding Achievement, Music in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production – both for Disney Mickey Mouse – Episode: The Scariest Story Ever: A Mickey Mouse Halloween Spooktacular!

Hosted by ASIFA Hollywood, The Annual Annie Awards is the animation industry’s most prestigious event. On February 3, 2018, animators, VFX artists, writers, storyboard artists, editors, and producers gathered at Royce Hall on the UCLA campus to celebrate xxcellence in the field of animation. Fans of animation from around the globe joined from afar, watching the live stream of 45th Annual Annie Awards. 

cg+news would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all the winners! While the winners of the 45th Annual Annie Awards are considered the crème de la crème, it’s well worth your time to enjoy all of this year’s nominees. In addition to the winners, many of the runners-up were winners in their own right. Who were your favorites? We’d love to hear from you! Feel free to add your comments.

And with that, we’re proud to present, the Winners of the 45th Annual Annie Awards.

Individual Achievement Categories 

Outstanding Achievement, Animated Effects in an Animated Production
Coco
Pixar Animation Studios – Effects Artist: Shaun Galinak, Effects Lead: Dave Hale, Effects Artist: Jason Johnston, Effects Artist: Carl Kaphan, Effects Lead: Keith Daniel Klohn

Outstanding Achievement, Animated Effects in a Live Action Production
War for the Planet of the Apes
Chernin Entertainment, TSG Entertainment, River Road Entertainment, 20th Century Fox – Daniel Barrett, Sidney Kombo- Kintombo, Emile Ghorayeb, Luisma Lavin Peredo, Alessandro Bonora

Outstanding Achievement, Character Animation in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production
Trollhunters – “Homecoming”
DreamWorks Animation Television – Bruno Chiou, Yi-Fan Cho, Kevin Jong, Chun-Jung Chu

Outstanding Achievement, Character Animation in a Feature Production
Coco
Pixar Animation Studios – John Chun Chiu Lee

Outstanding Achievement, Character Animation in a Video Game
Cuphead
StudioMDHR – Hanna Abi-Hanna, Werner Werman

Outstanding Achievement, Character Design in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production
Samurai Jack – “XCVI”
Adult Swim – Craig Kellman

Outstanding Achievement, Character Design in an Animated Feature Production
Coco
Pixar Animation Studios – Daniel Arriaga, Daniela Strijleva, Greg Dykstra, Alonso Martinez, Zaruhi Galstyan

Outstanding Achievement, Directing in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production
Disney Mickey Mouse – The Scariest Story Ever: A Mickey Mouse Halloween Spooktacular!
Walt Disney Television Animation – Dave Wasson, Eddie Trigueros, Alonso Ramirez-Ramos

Outstanding Achievement, Directing in an Animated Feature Production
Coco
Pixar Animation Studios – Lee Unkrich, Adrian Molina

Outstanding Achievement, Music in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production
Disney Mickey Mouse – Episode: The Scariest Story Ever: A Mickey Mouse Halloween Spooktacular!
Walt Disney Television Animation – Christopher Willis

Outstanding Achievement, Music in an Animated Feature Production
Coco
Pixar Animation Studios – Michael Giacchino, Kristin Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez, Germaine Franco, Adrian Molina

Outstanding Achievement, Production Design in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production
Samurai Jack – “XCIII”
Adult Swim – Scott Wills

Outstanding Achievement, Production Design in an Animated Feature Production
Coco
Pixar Animation Studios – Harley Jessup, Danielle Feinberg, Bryn Imagire, Nathaniel McLaughlin, Ernesto Nemesio

Outstanding Achievement, Storyboarding in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production
Disney Mickey Mouse – “Bee Inspired”
Walt Disney Television Animation – Eddie Trigueros

Outstanding Achievement, Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production
Coco
Pixar Animation Studios – Dean Kelly

Outstanding Achievement, Voice Acting in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production
SpongeBob SquarePants
Nickelodeon – Tom Kenny

Outstanding Achievement, Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production
Coco

Pixar Animation Studios – Anthony Gonzalez

Outstanding Achievement, Writing in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production
Rick and Morty – “The Ricklantis Mixup”
Williams Street Productions – Ryan Ridley, Dan Guterman

Outstanding Achievement, Writing in an Animated Feature Production
Coco
Pixar Animation Studios – Adrian Molina, Matthew Aldrich

Outstanding Achievement, Editing in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production
Samurai Jack – “XCIII,” “XCIV,” “XCIX”
Adult Swim – Paul Douglas

Outstanding Achievement, Editorial in an Animated Feature Production
Coco
Pixar Animation Studios – Steve Bloom, Lee Unkrich, Greg Snyder, Tim Fox

Juried Awards

Winsor McCay Award (for their career contributions to the art of animation)
James Baxter
Stephen Hillenburg
Wendy Tilby & Amanda Forbis

Ub Iwerks Award (for technical advancement in the art of animation)
TVPaint

Special Achievement Award
Cuphead – Studio MDHR

June Foray Award (for their significant and benevolent or charitable impact on the art and industry of animation)
Didier Ghez

Certificate of Merit
Dave Nimitz

Creative Credits

Annie Awards: ASIFA- Hollywood



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