Following its win at the 72nd Golden Globe Awards, DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train You Dragon 2 took Best Animated Feature top honors at ASIFA-Hollywood’s 42nd Annual Annie Awards held Saturday, January 31 at UCLA’s Royce Hall.
The Best Animated Special Production was awarded to “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey” (Voyager Pictures LLC); Best Animated Short Subject to Feast (Walt Disney Animation Studios); Best Animated TV/Broadcast Commercial to “Flight of the Stories” (Aardman Animations); Best General Audience Animated TV/Broadcast Production for Preschool Children to “Tumble Leaf” (Amazon Studios); Best Animated TV/Broadcast Production for Children’s Audience to “Gravity Falls” (Disney Television Animation); Best General Audience Animated TV/Broadcast Production to “The Simpsons” (Gracie Films in association with 20th Century Fox Television); Best Animated Video Game to Valiant Hearts: The Great War (Ubisoft); and Best Student Film to My Big Brother (Savannah College of Art and Design, Jason Rayner).
The Annie Awards honor overall excellence as well as individual achievement in a total of 36 categories from best feature, 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. A complete list of winners can be viewed at AnnieAwards.org.
“Our industry waits all year for this event and it never disappoints,” said ASIFA-Hollywood Executive Director, Frank Gladstone. “This was a terrific night with something for everyone. It was fun to take a look back at our history, celebrate and honor what we have accomplished over the past year, and even look forward a little to what is in store for 2015 and beyond.”
Presenting the coveted Annie trophies this year were the comedy-folk duo Garfunkel & Oates – actress-songwriters Riki Lindhome and Kate Mucucci; Veteran voice talent and industry legend June Foray; Songwriter and music director Richard Sherman; Filmmaker and artist Tomm Moore; Industry professionals Leslie Iwerks, John Musker, Ron Clements and ASIFA-Hollywood president Jerry Beck and Executive Director, Frank Gladstone.
This year’s Juried Award recipients included Winsor McCay lifetime achievement award – producers Didier Brunner and Lee Mendelson, and legendary animator Don Lusk; June Foray benevolent service award – author and critic Charles Solomon; Ub Iwerks technical achievement award – DreamWorks Animation’s Apollo Software; and the Annie Special Achievement award – The Walt Disney Family Museum.