Paramount Pictures Rango took top honors as the Best Animated Feature at the 39th Annual Annie Awards, Saturday, February 4, at UCLA's Royce Hall. With the expanded list of categories from 25 to 28, and the addition of two new categories - Editing and Best Animated Special Production - this year's show honored more nominees than in the past. The newly created 'Member's Favorite' award voted on by the entire ASIFA-Hollywood community also went to Rango.
Newcomer Minkyu Lee's Adam and Dog won for Best Short Subject while Psyop's Twinings Sea was selected Best Television Commercial. The Simpsons took Best Animated TV Production and Shadow Planet Production's Insanely Twisted was selected as Best Video Game.
'This was a great evening, with a lot of fun and surprises," said ASIFA-Hollywood President Frank Gladstone. "Annies went to a huge variety of individuals and studios. This goes directly to ASIFA-Hollywood's vision of celebrating the best in animation across project, studio and geographic boundaries."
Actor and comedian Patton Oswalt's hosting duties kept the show moving at a lively pace. He was joined on stage by animation luminaries, celebrity presenters and comedic talent including animation legend June Foray, J.K. Simmons, Judy Greer, Zachary Levi, Peter Baynham, Mace Neufeld, 'Weird Al' Yankovic, Bruce Boxleitner, Ahmed Best, Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall, Jim Cummings, Phil LaMarr, Diedrich Bader, Daran Norris, Tara Strong, Kelly Stables, Dee Bradley Baker, Nika Futterman, Ariel Winter, Logan Grove, James Hong, Brian Posehn, Greg & Evan Spiridellis and Jim Meskimen (Jib Jab), Bridgit Mendler, Brittany Snow, Jason Marsden and Joe Letteri.
Honored with the Winsor McCay award were Walt Peregoy, Borge Ring and the late Ronald Searle. 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. Art Leonardi was honored with the June Foray award which is presented to an individual who has given significant and benevolent contributions to the art and industry of animation.
39th Annual Annie Awards Winners
- Rango - Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies present A Blind Wink/GK Films Production
General Audience Animated TV Production
- The Simpsons - Gracie Films
Voice Acting in a Television Production
Voice Acting in a Feature Production
Writing in a Television Production
Writing in a Feature Production
Editing in Television Production
- Ted Machold, Jeff Adams, Doug Tiano, Bob Tomlin - The Penguins of Madagascar - Nickelodeon and DreamWorks Animation
Editing in a Feature Production
- Craig Wood, A.C.E. Rango - Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies present A Blind Wink/GK Films Production
Animated Television Production - Preschool
- Disney Jake and the Never Land Pirates - Disney Television Animation
Animated Television Production - Children
- The Amazing World of Gumball - Cartoon Network in Association with Dandelion Studios, Boulder Media & Studio Soi
Animated Special Production
- Kung Fu Panda - Secrets of the Masters - DreamWorks Animation
Animated Short Subject
- Adam and Dog - Minkyu Lee
Animated Television Commercial
- Twinings "Sea" - Psyop
Animated Video Game
- Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet - Shadow Planet Productions, Gagne/Fuelcell
Music in a Television Production
Music in a Feature Production
Production Design in a Television Production
- Mark Bodnar,Chris Tsirgiotis, Sue Mondt and Daniel Elson - Secret Mountain Fort Awesome - Cartoon Network Studios
Storyboarding in a Television Production
- Barry W. Johnson - Prep & Landing: Naughty Vs. Nice - Walt Disney Animation Studios
Storyboarding in a Feature Production
- Jeremy Spears - Winnie the Pooh - Walt Disney Animation Studios
Animated Effects in an Animated Production
- Kevin Romond - The Adventures of Tintin - Amblin Entertainment, Wingnut Films and Kennedy/Marshall
Animated Effects in a Live Action Production
- Florent Andorra - Transformers: Dark of the Moon - Industrial Light & Magic
Character Animation in a Television Production
- Chad Sellers - Prep & Landing: Naughty Vs. Nice - Walt Disney Animation Studios
Character Animation in a Feature Production
- Jeff Gabor - Rio - Blue Sky Studios
Character Animation in a Live Action Production
- Eric Reynolds - Rise of the Planet of the Apes - 20th Century Fox
Character Design in a Television Production
- Bill Schwab - Prep & Landing: Naughty Vs. Nice - Walt Disney Animation Studios
Character Design in a Feature Production
- Mark "Crash" McCreery - Rango - Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies present A Blind Wink/GK Films Production
Members Favorite Award
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