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ASIFA-Hollywood Now Accepting Recommendations for Special Honorary Awards

Entries can now be submitted to suggest nominees for Winsor McCay Award, June Foray Award, Ub Iwerks Award, Special Achievement Award, and the Certificate of Merit at the upcoming 48th Annie Awards.

ASIFA-Hollywood is now accepting recommendations for the 48th Annie Awards Juried Award nominations, honoring career achievement and exceptional contributions to animation. The awards ceremony is scheduled for April 16, 2021.

Applications may be submitted through Saturday, October 31 via email at or mailed to the ASIFA-Hollywood offices at 2114 W. Burbank Blvd., Burbank, CA 91506. The Juried Award recipients will be honored during the 48th Annie Awards set for Friday, April 16, 2021.

The Board of Directors of ASIFA-Hollywood shall select by a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote, for each of the Juried Award categories listed below. At its discretion, they may elect not to give an award in any category.

“The Winsor McCay Awards are our highest honors,” remarked Frank Gladstone. “In fact, they were the first Annies ever given and were the only awards granted for the first several years. Other juried categories have been added over time, which has not diminished their significance. On the contrary, the juried categories have grown into a most important and significant part of each year's honors.”

Juried Award Categories:

Winsor McCay Award:

  • In recognition of lifetime or career contributions to the art of animation in producing, directing, animating, design, writing, voice acting, sound technical influence, music, education, or for other endeavors which exhibit outstanding contributions to excellence in animation.

June Foray Award:

  • To an individual who has made a significant and benevolent or charitable impact on the art and industry of animation.

Ub Iwerks Award:

  • To an individual or company for a technical advancement that has made a significant impact on the art or industry of animation.

Special Achievement Award:

  • May be given to an individual, individuals or a company for unique and significant achievement made between January 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020, not recognized by other Annie Award categories.

Certificate of Merit:

  • To an individual or organization for current service to the art, craft, and industry of animation.

Created in 1972 by veteran voice talent June Foray, and in whose name the philanthropic June Foray Award was established, the Annie Awards have grown in scope and stature for the past four decades. 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.

Source: ASIFA-Hollywood