In what amounts to be no less a popularity contest than voting for high school homecoming queen, the MTV Movie Award nominations for 2004 have been announced. However, the awards do highlight the coolest kids on the block vfx blockbusters with PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL topping the list of nomination with six. X2: X-MEN UNITED came in second with four nods. In animation nominations, FINDING NEMO reeled in two nods for best movie and best comedic performance for Ellen DeGeneres.
The Cannes Film Festival, which runs May 12-23, 2004, has announced it lineup of films, which includes two animated features. Both SHREK 2 and INNOCENCE: GHOST IN THE SHELL II have been selected for the official competition. The original SHREK also played at Cannes. This news must have DreamWorks execs partying SHREK 2 was produced by the company and the company's specialty label Go Fish Pictures will be releasing INNOCENCE in the U.S.
The 2nd Annual International Animated Film Festival "BIMINI," which took place April 1-4, 2004 in the city of Riga, Latvia, bestowed its top prize on LEGEND OF THE ORIGIN OF CRAWFISH by Valentin Olshvang.
RUGRATS composer and artist Mark Mothersbaugh will receive the 2004 Richard Kirk Award for Outstanding Career Achievement at the BMI Film & TV Awards to be held May 12, 2004 at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills. The black-tie event will be hosted by BMI president/ceo Frances W. Preston and will honor the composers of the past year's top-grossing films and the top-rated primetime network television series and cable programs.
The 12th Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film 2004 (April 1-6, 2004) has broken the attendance record of the last festival with more than 40,000 attendees. The closing events were completely sold out. 500 films were screened at four venues over the six days. Adding to its international acclaim, TRIPLETS OF BELLEVILLE took home the feature prize.
The winners were:
State of Baden-Württemberg Award 7,500 EURFLUX -- Christopher Hinton, Canada 2002
Nickelodeons DORA THE EXPLORER is one of the winners of the 63rd Annual Peabody Awards to be awarded by the University of Georgias Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication on May 17, 2004. The 29 award winners for excellence in electronic media, chosen from more than 1,100 entries, also includes recognition for Japans TV Asahi, MOTHER FLEW AWAY AS A KITE, an arresting animated recounting of the last days of WWII.
Children showed they treasure undersea animation, voting for FINDING NEMO and SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS as their Favorite Movie and Favorite Cartoon, respectively, in the 17th annual Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards awarded April 3, 2004 during a live broadcast on the cablenet. Kids voted online and by phone for the winners.
SpongeBob took additional honors as Favorite Video Game for SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS: BATTLE FOR BIKINI BOTTOM.
The 77th annual Academy Awards will be held Sunday, Feb. 27, 2005. Key dates currently scheduled are:
Monday, Dec. 27, 2004: Nominations ballots mailed.
Saturday, Jan. 15, 2005: Nominations polls close at 5:00 pm (PST).
Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2005: Nominations announced at 5:30 am (PST), Samuel Goldwyn Theater.
Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2005: Final ballots mailed.
Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2005: Final ballots close 5:00 pm (PST).
KING OF THE HILL exec producers John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky have announced that they will be entering their animated series in the live-action categories including outstanding comedy series, reports VARIETY. The move really was spurred to allow the show's writing staff a chance to be cognized because the Academy does not have a separate writing category for animation.
"We feel we're doing high-level work, and we want to be judged by our peers," Altschuler said. "We've always wanted to compete in that category."
Cal Art students swept the traditional animation category at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation's 25th Annual College Television Awards Competition. Cal Arts' David Derrick, ByoungJik Lee and Chris Choy took first, second and third respectively for their toon work. Ringling School of Art & Design students did well in the non-traditional animation category taking second and third with first place going to Craig Van Dyke of Brigham Young.
The International Game Developers Association (IGDA) has announced the winners of the Game Developers Choice Awards at the 4th annual ceremony during the 2004 Game Developers Conference (GDC). Considered the Pulitzers of interactive entertainment, the Choice Awards are the premier accolades for peer-recognition in game development, celebrating creativity, artistry and technological genius.
The BBC, BskyB, Cartoon Network Europe and Discovery Networks Europe were the top winners during a special ceremony held at the Cavalieri Hilton Hotel in Rome on March 23, 2004 for the 2004 PROMAX&BDA Europe Awards.
Overall, BBC Broadcast picked up six Gold and four Silver PROMAX&BDA statuettes for a total of 10 awards. BskyB also picked up seven awards, three Gold and four Silver. Cartoon Network Europe took home five awards, three Gold and two silver; and Discovery Networks Europe took home three Gold awards.
NVIDIA Corp. has announced that it will sponsor the First Annual Best of Wireless Gaming Awards, also known as the "Mobies" at CTIA in Atlanta. NVIDIA will join the Wireless Gaming Review (www.wgamer.com) in recognition of wireless game designers, producers, artists and programmers.
The British Animation Awards announced its winners for 2004 at The Shaw Theatre, Bloomsbury in London on March 19, 2004.
The sixth annual Cartoon Movie in Potsdam, Germany, paid tribute March 13, 2004 to A. Film, Folimage and Pathé Europe for significantly contributing to the success of the European feature animation industry. The event, set up by Cartoon in partnership with the European Media programme as a movie version of its successful Cartoon Forum meeting for animated series, brought together some 420 participants to focus on the fast-growing sector for European animated feature films.
Anima 2004, the 23rd Animation Festival drew to a close on February 29, 2004 in Brussels with an Awards ceremony for Anima 2004's national and international competition. This was the first time Anima organized an international competition for both short and feature films. The award-winners were chosen by the public, via attendance and voting at the official competition screenings.
The award were:Anima 2004 Award -- Short Student FilmsDAHUCAPRA RAPIDAHU by Frédérique Gyuran, Vincent Gautier and Thibault Bérard (France)
ZOOLOOK Ent. (the creators of FlashTV) and (mt) Media Temple Inc. have announced the winners of The Greatest Story Never Told digital storytelling competition.
The winners are:
Grand Prize Mark Greene's STINKY IN BIGMARThttp://www.thegreateststorynevertold.com/movies/pca/movie7.html
Runnerups:(1) Kirk Millett's SOUVENIRhttp://www.thegreateststorynevertold.com/movies/pca/movie2.html
(2) Adam Phillip's BITEY OF BRACKENWOODhttp://www.thegreateststorynevertold.com/movies/pca/movie1.html
The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS) announced the winners for the 7th Annual Interactive Achievement Awards, which were held at Rain in the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, March 4, 2004.
DUCK DODGERS led animated shows with three Daytime Emmy nominations, including Outstanding Special Class Animated Program in the 31st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards competition announced today (March 4, 2004) on the NBS TODAY SHOW. ARTHUR, STATIC SHOCK DISNEYS KIM POSSIBLE and CLIFFORDS PUPPY DAYS received two nods each from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
The coronation of THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING was complete at the 76th annual Academy Awards, held Feb. 29, 2004 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. More complete, it turns out, than anyone expected: 11 wins in 11 categories for a record-tying clean sweep, in the words of Steven Spielberg, including best picture, best director (Peter Jackson) and visual effects (Jim Rygiel, Joe Letteri, Randall William Cook, Alex Funke). In actuality a win for the trilogy, the 11 Oscars for KING puts it alongside BEN-HUR and TITANIC for most victories.
Nickelodeon shows earned two Golden Reel Awards at the Motion Picture Sound Editors 51st annual awards banquet Feb. 28, 2004 at the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles while MASTER & COMMANDER earned the Golden Reel and the Oscar the following night at the Oscars. The Golden Reel Awards acknowledge the year's best work in the various areas of sound editing.
Digital Days 2004, at the 19th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival, has announced the winners for the Teen Filmmaker program.
The winners are:* Amanda Weiss, SOMEONE'S ROCKING MY DREAMBOAT, Cal Arts, Valencia, California* Cole Sanchez, FRIDGE, Rancho Marrieta, California* Carolyn Chrisman, ASCENSION RITES, Anacapa School, Santa Barbara, California * Austin Madison, BOY MEETS REX, Sacramento, California* Daniel Howard, JAI YEN-COOL HEART, Downtown Community TV, NYC, New York
The International Game Developers Assoc. (IGDA) announced the six gaming professionals receiving special honors at the 4th Annual Game Developers Choice Awards for contributions invaluable to the evolution of interactive entertainment. The founders of PopCap Games will receive the IGDA's newest honor, the Maverick award; game music pioneer Masaya Matsuura will receive the First Penguin award; and BioWare CEOs Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk will be acknowledged for Community Contribution.
The 18th Annual Genesis Awards, presented by The Hollywood Office of The Humane Society of The United States (HSUS), has awarded FINDING NEMO, along with live-action LEGALLY BLONDE 2, its outstanding film prize. The awards will be presented on March 20, 2004 at a gala ceremony in the International Ballroom of The Beverly Hilton, Beverly Hills. The show will be taped and edited for a two-hour television special airing on Animal Planet on April 25, 2004.
FINDING NEMO writer/director Andrew Stanton has been named animation director of the year at ShoWest 2004, which runs March 22-25, 2004 in Las Vegas. The film screened at last year's event.
Working at Pixar for 14 years, Stanton has been credited as a screenwriter on all the company's features and made his directing debut with NEMO. For the fishy flick, he also provided the voice of Crush, the hip jet-stream surfing turtle.