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article imageAnnie Awards nominations: 'The LEGO Movie' may be the favorite

By Tim O'Brien     Dec 1, 2014 in Entertainment
Los Angeles - The nominees for the Annie Awards were announced today (Dec. 1). The awards are dedicated to animation and will be handed out Jan. 31 in Los Angeles.
The top animated features included the well-known films but also a few others have crept in. If on wants to pick a favorite among those features (see below) that were released in 2014, take "The LEGO Movie" for the win.
The Annie Awards feature 36 categories, and that does include one new one. That would be Best Character Animation in a Video Game. Why not? The popularity of video games are worthy of recognition.
The awards cover feature film, TV and video. Last year's winner for feature film was "Frozen." Here is the description, in a nutshell, for the these awards: Honoring excellence in the field of animation, the 42nd Annual Annie Awards will be presented in 36 categories including best animated feature, television production(s), television commercial, short subject, video game and student film, as well as the achievement and honorary awards.
Best Animated Feature
"The Boxtrolls" (Focus Features/Laika)
"How to Train Your Dragon 2" (DreamWorks Animation SKG)
"Big Hero 6" (Walt Disney Animation Studios)
"The LEGO Movie" (Warner Bros. Pictures)
"The Book of Life" (Reel FX)
"The Tale of The Princess Kaguya" (GKIDS/Studio Ghibli)
"Song of the Sea" (GKIDS/Cartoon Saloon)
"Cheatin'" (Plymptoons Studio)
Best General Audience Animated Television/Broadcast Production
"Archer" - FX Networks
"Back To Backspace"- Cartoon Network Studios
"Bob’s Burgers" - Bento Box Entertainment
"Rick and Morty" - Starburns Industries, Inc.
"Mike Tyson Mysteries" - Warner Bros. Animation
"Regular Show" - Cartoon Network Studios
"The Simpsons" - The Simpsons
Best Animated Special Production
"Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey" - Voyager Pictures LLC
"Dawn of the Dragon Racers" - DreamWorks Animation
"How Murray Saved Christmas" - Universal Television
"Polariffic" - Bent Image Lab
"Toy Story That Time Forgot" - Pixar Animation Studios
Best Animated Short Subject
"Coda" - 62 George Street
"Duet" - Glen Keane Productions
"Feast" - Walt Disney Animation Studios
"Inside Homer – The Simpsons Couch Gag (Episode #549)" - Acme Filmworks
"Me and My Moulton" - National Film Board of Canada
"Silent" - Creative Artists Agency
"The Dam Keeper" - Tonko House LLC
"The Raven" - Moonbot Studios
Best Animated Television/Broadcast Commercial
"Citizen M: 'Swan Song'" - Stoopid Buddy Stoodios
"Flight of the Stories" - Aardman Animations
"LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham" - Plastic Wax
Best Animated Television/Broadcast Production For Preschool Children
"Doc McStuffins" - Disney Channel / Disney XD
"Peter Rabbit" - Nickelodeon Animation Studio
"Tumble Leaf" - Amazon Studios
"Wallykazam!" - Nickelodeon Animation Studio
"Zack & Quack" - Zodiak Kids
Best Animated Television/Broadcast Production For a Children’s Audience
"Adventure Time" - Cartoon Network
"Gravity Falls" - Disney Television Animation
"Legend of Korra" - Nickelodeon Animation Studio
"Over The Garden Wall" - Cartoon Network
"Wander Over Yonder" - Disney Television Animation
Best Video Game
"Forza Horizon 2" - Microsoft – Turn 10 Studios
"Valiant Hearts: The Great War" - Ubisoft
"Child of Light" - Ubisoft
Special Awards
Winsor McCay Award - Didier Brunner, Don Lusk and Lee Mendelson
The June Foray Award - Charles Solomon, journalist
Ub Iwerks Award - DreamWorks Animation's Apollo Software
Special Achievement Award - The Walt Disney Family Museum.
The awards will be handed out Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015 at UCLA's Royce Hall. For a complete list head here.
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