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‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Wins Best Animated Feature at 46th Annie Awards

Studio Chizu’s ‘Mirai’ takes Best Independent Animated Feature; Past Lives Productions’ ‘Weekends’ wins Best Animated Short.

LOS ANGELES -- Sony’s Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse won Best Animated Feature at the 46th Annual Annie Awards Saturday evening, and garnered top honors across seven categories including Character Animation, Character Design, Directing, Production Design, Writing, and Editorial. Best Animated Feature-Independent was awarded to Mirai.

This year, a new category was added -- Best Virtual Reality Production -- and awarded to Crow: The Legend. Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns won Best Animated Special Production and Outstanding Achievement for Character Animation in a Live Action Production, while Best Animated Short Subject went to Weekends. Greenpeace spot “There's a Rang-Tan In My Bedroom,” from Passion Animation Studios, took home the award in the Animated Commercial category.

Netflix kids series Hilda won the award for Best Animated Television/Broadcast Production for Children for the episode “Chapter 1: The Hidden People,” and picked up two other awards for Character Animation and Writing. Voice actor Will Arnett received this year's Annie Award for Voice Acting for his role in the BoJack Horseman episode “The Dog Days are Over,” and the hit Netflix series also won an award for Best General Audience Animated TV/Broadcast Production.

“What a terrific night,” remarked ASIFA-Hollywood Executive Director, Frank Gladstone. “While the weather was a challenge this year, everyone rose to the occasion and we had a brilliant time. This year's awards garnered the largest amount of submissions yet, leading to a great list of nominees, so it was no surprise that the Annie recipients continued to showcase animation's rising influence and diversity.”

VIP Guests and Presenters included Pixar Chief Creative Officer Pete Docter and Disney Creative Officer Jennifer Lee, Brad Bird, Holly Hunter, Diane Warren, Frances Fisher, Brenda Chapman, Simon Wells, Steve Hickner, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, Rob Paulsen, Maurice LaMarche, Jim Cummings, John Ratzenberger, and Patrick Warburton.

This year’s Winsor McCay recipients were Frank Braxton (posthumously), Ralph Eggleston and Andrea Romano. The Winsor McCay Award stands as one of the highest honors given to an individual in the animation industry in recognition for career contributions to the art of animation.

The June Foray award was given posthumously to Adam Burke. Burke was widely acknowledged to be a talented artist and even better person. His absence is deeply mourned. The June Foray award honors an individual(s) who has given significant and benevolent contributions to the art and industry of animation.

Blender Open Source Animation Software was given the Ub Iwerks Award. Ton Roosendaal, Dutch software developer and film producer, accepted the award. And, the Certificate of Merit recipient was presented to dedicated ASIFA-Hollywood volunteer, Jason Jones.

The full list of winners is shown below:

Best Animated Feature
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 
 Sony Pictures Animation

Best Animated Feature-Independent
Mirai 
 Studio Chizu

Best Animated Special Production
Mary Poppins Returns 
 Walt Disney Studios

Best Animated Short Subject
Weekends 
 Past Lives Productions

Best Virtual Reality Production
Crow: The Legend 
 Baobab Studios

Best Animated Television/Broadcast Commercial
Greenpeace
There's a Rang-Tan In My Bedroom – Passion Animation Studios

Best Animated Television/Broadcast Production For Preschool Children
Ask the StoryBots “How Do Computers Work?” – JibJab Bros. Studios for Netflix

Best Animated Television/Broadcast Production For Children
Hilda “Chapter 1: The Hidden People” – Hilda Productions Limited, a Silvergate Media Company, Netflix Inc. and Mercury Filmworks

Best General Audience Animated Television/Broadcast Production
BoJack Horseman, “The Dog Days are Over,” Tornante Productions, LLC for Netflix

Best Student Film
Best Friend 
 Nicholas Oliveri, Yi Shen, Juliana De Luca, Varun Nair, David Feliu, Gobelins, l'école de l'image

Animated Effects in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production
Tales of Arcadia: Trollhunters “The Eternal Knight Part 2” – David M.V. Jones, Vincent Chou, Clare Yang, DreamWorks Animation Television

Animated Effects in an Animated Feature Production
Ralph Breaks the Internet 
 Cesar Velazquez, Marie Tollec, Alexander Moaveni, Peter DeMund, Ian J. Coony, Walt Disney Animation Studios

Character Animation in an Animated Television / Broadcast Production
Hilda 
– Scott Lewis, Hilda Productions Limited, a Silvergate Media Company, Netflix Inc. and Mercury Filmworks

Character Animation In An Animated Feature Production
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 
– David Han, Sony Pictures Animation Animator:

Character Animation in a Live Action Production
Mary Poppins Returns 
 Chris Sauve, James Baxter, Sandro Cleuzo, Walt Disney Pictures

Character Animation in a Video Game
GRIS 
 Adrian Miguel, Adrian Garcia, Nomada Studio

Character Design in an Animated Television / Broadcast Production
Rapunzel's Tangled Adventure “Freebird” – Amanda Jolly, Walt Disney Television Animation

Character Design In An Animated Feature Production
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 
 Shiyoon Kim, Sony Pictures Animation

Directing in an Animated Television / Broadcast Production
Disney Mickey Mouse “Feed the Birds” – Eddie Trigueros, Disney Television Animation

Directing In An Animated Feature Production
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 
 Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman, Sony Pictures Animation

Music in an Animated Television / Broadcast Production
Disney Mickey Mouse
 “Springtime” – Christopher Willis, Disney Television Animation

Music in an Animated Feature Production
Incredibles 2 
– Michael Giacchino, Pixar Animation Studios

Production Design in an Animated Television / Broadcast Production
Age of Sail 
 Céline Desrumaux, Jasmin Lai, Google Spotlight Stories, Broad Reach Pictures

Production Design In An Animated Feature Production
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 
 Justin K.  Thompson, Sony Pictures Animation

Storyboarding in an Animated Television / Broadcast Production – TIE

  • Disney Mickey Mouse  “Carnaval” – Alonso Ramirez Ramos, Disney Television Animation
  • Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles “Mystic Mayhem” – Kevin Molina-Ortiz, Nickelodeon Animation Studio

Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production
Incredibles 2, Dean Kelly, Pixar Animation Studios

Voice Acting in an Animated Television / Broadcast Production
BoJack Horseman, “Free Churro,” Will Arnett (as Bojack), Tornante Productions, LLC for Netflix

Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production
Isle of Dogs  Bryan Cranston (as Chief), Fox Searchlight Pictures / Indian Paintbrush / American Empirical Pictures

Writing in an Animated Television / Broadcast Production
Hilda “Chapter 8: The Tide Mice” – Stephanie Simpson, Hilda Productions Limited, a Silvergate Media Company, Netflix Inc. and Mercury Filmworks

Writing In An Animated Feature Production
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 
 Phil Lord, Rodney Rothman, Sony Pictures Animation

Editorial in an Animated Television / Broadcast Production
Big Hero 6: The Series 
 Charles Jones, Joe Molinari, Dao Le, Vartan Nazarian, Walt Disney Television Animation

Editorial In An Animated Feature Production
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 
 Bob Fisher, Andrew Leviton, Vivek Sharma, Sony Pictures Animation

Created in 1972 by June Foray, the Annie Awards have grown in scope and stature for over four decades. The Annie Awards honor overall excellence as well as individual achievement in a total of 36 categories from best feature, best feature -- independent, production design, character animation, and effects animation to storyboarding, writing, music, editing and voice acting, and have often been a predictor of the annual Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.

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. Today, ASIFA-Hollywood, the largest chapter of the international organization ASIFA, supports a range of animation activities and preservation efforts through its membership. Current initiatives include the Animation Archive, Animation Aid Foundation, animated film preservation, special events, classes and screenings.

Source: ASIFA-Hollywood

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