Nominees for this year’s best animated feature are ‘Anomalisa,’ ‘Inside Out,’ ‘Shaun the Sheep Movie,’ ‘The Good Dinosaur’ and ‘The Peanuts Movie.’
Saturday, February 6 marks the 43rd Annual Annie Awards recognizing the year’s best in animation.
The Annie Awards honor overall excellence as well as individual achievement in a total of 36 categories including Best Animated Feature, Best Animated Special Production, Commercials, Short Subjects and Outstanding Individual Achievements. The Best Animated Features nominations this year are Anomalisa (Paramount Pictures), Inside Out (Pixar Animation Studios), Shaun the Sheep Movie (Aardman Animations), The Good Dinosaur (Pixar Animation Studios) and The Peanuts Movie (Blue Sky Studios, 20th Century Fox Animation).
Returning for a second year to present Annie trophies are the comedy-folk duo Garfunkel & Oates -- actress-songwriters Riki Lindhome and Kate Mucucci. Joining the duo as presenters are actor, producer and director Edward James Olmos with actress Rita Moreno; actor and writer Tom Kenny (SpongeBob SquarePants) with actress Laraine Newman (Dawn of the Croods); actors Alexander Garfin and Hadley Belle Miller (“Linus” and “Lucy” from The Peanuts Movie); actresses Kristen Schaal (Bob’s Burgers) and Phyllis Smith (‘Sadness” from Pixar’s Inside Out); and actor Kevin Michael Richardson and composer Christophe Beck.
The Annie Awards also honor career achievement and exceptional contributions to animation with its Juried Awards. This year’s award selections include three Winsor McCay recipients -- director Isao Takahata, animator, director and producer Phil Roman, and, posthumously, Joe Ranft, head of story at Pixar. The June Foray award for significant and benevolent impact on the art and industry of animation will be presented to Producer Don Hahn.
Held at UCLA’s Royce Hall, the black tie event kicks off at 5:00 p.m. with Red Carpet arrivals and a VIP champagne reception, followed by the awards ceremony at 7:00 p.m. and after-party immediately following the show.
Watch the live ceremony for the 43rd Annual Annie Awards beginning at 7:00 p.m. PT: