The Annie Awards is animation's highest honor, During the first years of the Annie Awards (1972-1991), the event celebrated individuals for a lifetime or career contributions to the art of animation in producing, directing, animating, design, writing, voice acting, sound and sound effects, technical work, music, professional teaching, and for other endeavors which exhibit outstanding contributions to excellence in animation.
After two decades of recognizing individual achievement, ASIFA-Hollywood recognized the need to honor the achievement of animation as a whole and in 1992, the Annie for best animated feature was presented for the first time. During the early 1990s, other categories were also added for motion pictures, television, and home entertainment, such as directing, storyboarding, voice acting, character design and music.
35th Annie Award Nominations Announced
ASIFA-Hollywood announced nominations today for the 35th Annual Annie Awards recognizing the year’s best animation across film, television, commercials, video games and short subjects.
2007 was another prolific year for animation with a dozen animated features released theatrically. Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on Friday, February 8, 2008 at UCLA’s Royce Hall, in Los Angeles, CA.
In the feature categories, Pixar Animation Studios' 'Ratatouille' leads the field this year with 13 nominations including Best Animated Feature as well as individual nominations for directing, writing, character animation, animated effects (two nominations), production design, storyboarding, character design, character animation, music and voice acting (three nominations). Sony Pictures Animation’s 'Surf’s Up' follows with 10 feature nominations for feature, animated effects, animation production artists, character animation (two nominations), character design, and directing.
Rounding out the Best Animated Feature category are DreamWorks Animation’s 'Bee Movie,' Sony Pictures Classics’ 'Persepolis,' and Twentieth Century Fox’s 'The Simpsons Movie.'
Persepolis directors, producers and technical crew have been nominated in 4 categories ( 1 in Production, 3 in Individual Achievements):
Best Animated Feature (Persepolis – Sony Pictures Classics)
INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT CATEGORIES
Music in an Animated Feature Production (Olivier Bernet – 'Persepolis' – Sony Pictures Classics)
Directing in an Animated Feature Production (Vincent Paronnaud & Marjane Satrapi – 'Persepolis' – Sony Pictures Classics)
Writing in an Animated Feature Production ( Marjane Satrapi & Vincent Paronnaud – 'Persepolis' – Sony Pictures Classics)
For television, Nickelodeon's 'El Tigre' leads the pack with four nominations for Best Animated Television Production for Children, and individual nominations for character animation, character design, and music. The Best Animated Television Production nominees this year are 'Creature Comforts America' from Aardman Animations, 'Jane and the Dragon' from Weta Productions Limited & Nelvana Limited, 'Kim Possible' from Walt Disney Television Animation, as well as 'Moral Orel' and 'Robot Chicken Star Wars' from ShadowMachine.
VIVE LE CINEMA ! & PERSEPOLIS ! ;0)
For a complete listing of Annie Award nominations go to: