Sunday, 1 February 2015

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 IS DREAMWORKS' LATEST ANNIE AWARD WINNER


You know the Annie voters love them some DreamWorks Animation... possibly because about 101% of them are employed by DreamWorks. Or were. Whatever the case, somehow How to Train Your Dragon 2 has emerged as the Animation favourite of the industry this year, despite losing its studio yet more money and being overshadowed in the public consciousness by The LEGO MovieBut it's not up for the Oscar, and who's even seen The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (people with sense and taste), so Annie threw a few in the way of 'relevance', as they seem to interpret it. Blind loyalty to the status quo strikes me more as a broader cultural irrelevance in most cases each awards season, but who am I but a lowly member of the public, separated from most Hollywood hotshots by a continent and an ocean. Nominees were posted here, and winners below:


Best Animated Feature
How to Train Your Dragon 2

Best Directing in an Animated Feature Production
Dean DeBlois (How to Train Your Dragon 2)

Best Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production
Ben Kingsley (The Boxtrolls)

Best Writing in an Animated Feature Production
Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (The LEGO Movie)

Best Editorial in an Animated Feature Production
John K. Carr (How to Train Your Dragon 2)

Best Production Design in an Animated Feature Production
August Hall, Paul Lasaine and Tom McClure (The Boxtrolls)

Best Music in an Animated Feature Production
Jonsi Birgisson and John Powell (How to Train Your Dragon 2)

Best Animated Effects in an Animated Feature Production
Peter DeMund, Henrik Falt, David Hutchins, Michael Kaschalk and John Kosnik (Big Hero 6)

Best Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production
Mai Truong Son (How to Train Your Dragon 2)

Best Character Design in an Animated Feature Production
Sandra Equihua, Jorge R. Gutierrez and Paul Sullivan (The Book of Life)

Best Character Animation in an Animated Feature Production
Fabio Lignini (How to Train Your Dragon 2)

Best Animated Effects in a Live Action Production
Steve Avoujageli, Pawel Grochola, Ikarashi Atsushi, Viktor Lundqvist and Paul Waggoner (Edge of Tomorrow)

Best Character Animation in a Live Action Production
Daniel Barrett, Alessandro Bonora, Dejan Momcilovic, Paul Story and Eteuati Tema (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes)

Best Student Film
My Big Brother

Best Animated Short Subject
Feast

Special Achievement Award
The Walt Disney Family Museum

UB Iwerks Award
DreamWorks Animation's Apollo Software

June Foray Award
Charles Solomon

Winsor McCay Award
Didier Brunner
Don Lusk
Lee Mendelson