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.
THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING took home four honors, including Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Motion Picture, at the second annual VES Awards held last night at a black-tie gala at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles. The highlight of the evening was the presentation of the first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award to filmmaker George Lucas by Academy Award-winning director James Cameron. SMALLVILLE had two big wins as did PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL and THE MATRIX RELOADED.
The British Animation Awards has announced the finalists for 2004. Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony, which will be held at The Shaw Theatre, Bloomsbury in London on March 19, 2004.
Technical wizards receiving honors in the first bout of Oscar awards were displaced from their usually PRETTY WOMAN hotel, the Beverly Wilshire, and had to spend their Valentines Day on Feb. 14, 2004, at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Pasadena to receive their awards.
THE TRIPLETS OF BELLEVILLE took home the top French film award at the Lumiere Awards, France's equivalent to the Golden Globes. The event took place on Feb. 17, 2004. Next up for THE TRIPLETS OF BELLEVILLE is the Oscars where it is nominated for Best Animated Feature, alongside FINDING NEMO and BROTHER BEAR.
BAFTA presented the winners of the 2004 Orange British Academy Film Awards on Feb. 15, 2004 with THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING taking home the prize for Best Film. The fantasy epic beat out other nominees BIG FISH, COLD MOUNTAIN, LOST IN TRANSLATION and MASTER AND COMMANDER to take the top award.
The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS) announced the finalists for the 7th Annual Interactive Achievement Awards, which will be held at Rain in the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, March 4, 2004. Leading the finalists was Electronic Arts with 29, followed closely by Ubisoft and Sony Computer Entertainment of America (SCEA) with 23 and 21 finalists respectively. The Academy will present awards in 36 craft, console, computer and online categories, including an overall "Game of the Year" and Game of the Year honors in various genres, as well as the prestigious Hall of Fame Award.
CARTOON MOVIE, the only event dedicated to promoting European animated feature films, has announced the nominated companies for the Cartoon Movie Tributes 2004. These tributes highlight the initiatives that contribute to the recognition and the success of the European animation cinema. Three of them will be chosen by the professionals attending the event.
The nominated companies are:
* A. FILM (Denmark)For its wide European collaboration in the production of European feature films.
* MIKADO FILM (Italy)
Howard Anderson Jr., ASC received the American Society of Cinematographer's Presidents Award at the 18th annual Awards dinner, Feb. 8, 2004, at the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles. This tribute is presented annually to an individual who has made unique contributions to the art form. Anderson is a visual effects pioneer who has earned several Oscar nominations, but is best known for his work on the classic television series I LOVE LUCY and STAR TREK. Anderson is a second-generation filmmaker. His father, Howard Anderson, began his career in Hollywood in 1919.
FINDING NEMO cast no doubt that Pixar Animation Studios (Walt Disney Pictures) continues to ride the biggest wave in animation as it won in nine out of the nine categories it was nominated in at the 2003 Annie Awards held Feb. 7, 2004 at the Alex Theater in Glendale, California, culminating in the big kahuna, Best Feature. While it competed against 2D entries, including the beloved TRIPLETS OF BELLEVILLE, animation professionals and fans, who comprise the voting membership of ASIFA-Hollywood that doles out the awards, favored the 3D production.
Winners of the 2004 Imagina Awards, held Feb. 2-5 at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco, have been announced, with the German short, ANNIE & BOO, snagging four, including the Grand Prix. The jury panel, chaired by Stan Winston, consisted of Ornella Barreca, independent producer (Italy), Tom Jacomb, producer (Vanguard Animation - U.K.), Thomas Langmann (producer and actor, BLUEBERRY - France), Marc du Pontavice (ceo of Xilam Animation -- France) and William Sargent, (ceo of Framestore-cfc - U.K.).
An episode of the fantasy series DINOTOPIA has won a Bronze World Medal in the 'Action/Adventure' category at the International Film & Video Awards, part of the New York festivals. The awards were presented on January 30, 2004 along with the Television Programming and Promotions Awards. Framestore CFC created the digital VFX for the episode.
A list of winners in every category can be found at: http://www.newyorkfestivals.com/main.taf?p=3,1
The Walt Disney Co. has garnered many of the top sound editing nominations in the 2003 GOLDEN REEL awards doled out by t he Motion Picture Sound Editors. PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN is the only feature film to receive three noms while its animated features, BROTHER BEAR, FINDING NEMO and JUNGLE BOOK 2 each received two.
The seventh annual East Lansing Children's Film Festival has announced the winners of the 2004 Youth Film Competition.
The winners are:Elementary School Division:* 1st Place: ANIMALS IN SPACE, Zoe Allen-Wickler, Suttons Bay* 2nd Place: THE MAGIC PUMPKIN, Shelby Wakenight, Marble Elementary, East Lansing* 3rd Place: THE GINGERBREAD MAN VISITS FLOYD ELEMENTARY, Mrs. Chartier's 2nd Grade Class, Floyd Elementary, Midland* Honorable Mention: OWNERS AWAY DOGS PLAY, Dana Wessels, Suttons Bay
Middle School Division:
The Sundance Film Festival concluded on Jan. 25, 2004 and handed out prizes to two animated shorts. HARVIE KRUMPET, directed by Adam Elliot, took home an honorable mention from the Shorts Jury. The 2004 Sundance Online Film Festival Viewers Awards for Animation went to BATHTIME IN CLERKENWELL, directed by Alex Budovsky. BATHTIME appears on the newly-released, animated shorts DVD collection, AVOID EYE CONTACT.
On Jan. 25, 2004, BBC Four handled out its first World Cinema Award for best foreign-language film released in the past year in the U.K. The French animated film, TRIPLETS OF BELLEVILLE, directed by first-time feature director Sylvain Chomet, beat out all other contenders, including Hayao Miyazaki's SPIRITED AWAY, to take home the prize. The other nominees included live-action flicks: CITY OF GOD, TO BE AND TO HAVE, GOOD BYE, LENIN! and THE MAN WITHOUT A PAST.
THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING was crowned victorious at the 2004 Golden Globe Awards on Jan. 25, 2004. The final installment in the RINGS trilogy won the top drama prize for Best Film along with Best Director (Peter Jackson), Best Original Score (Howard Shore) and Best Original Song (Howard Shore, Fran Walsh and Annie Lennox).
The 6th annual Big Chip Awards, the digital awards for North-West England, were handed out on Jan. 22, 2004 at the New Century Hall New Century House in Manchester. Cosgrove Hall took home the prize for Best Digital Animation for DOCTOR WHO: The Scream of the Shalka commissioned by and produced for BBCi. The 85-minute series is available to watch on the BBCi Website (www.bbc.co.uk/cult) and was produced to coincide with the Doctors 40th Anniversary.
Other winners included:
Known in the States as the "French Oscars" -- the Cesar nominations were announced on Jan. 23, 2004. TRIPLETS OF BELLEVILLE received three nominations for Best French Film, Best First Film and Best Original Music. American live-action spectacle GANGS OF NEW YORK nabbed a Best Foreign Film nomination. The awards ceremony will be held in Paris on Feb. 21, 2004.
Nickelodeon has announced the nominees for 17th Annual Kids' Choice Awards, which will be hosted by previous Kids' Choice winners Mike Myers and Cameron Diaz. The event will take place April 3, 2004 from 8:00 - 9:30 pm. Topping the list of nominees was FINDING NEMO with three nods for Favorite Movie, Favorite Voice from an Animated Movie (Ellen DeGeneres) and Favorite Video Game.