When you look at the winners for the Annie Awards, head right to the top award in the movie category and then you will find the Oscar front runner for Best Animated Feature.
Up against some heavy hitters this year, it was "Rango" who walked away a winner. It beat out competition from "A Cat in Paris," "Arrugas," "Arthur Christmas," "Cars 2," "Chico & Rita," "Kung Fu Panda 2," "Puss In Boots," "Rio" and "The Adventures of Tintin." Note that the Best Director in a Feature Production went to a different film as Jennifer Nelson for "Kung Fu Panda 2" took that honor. "Panda" had the most nominations going in with 12. For television, "The Simpsons" were honored for general audience animated production. The long-running show, which will celebrate its 500th episode in February, also won for writing for the "Treehouse of Horror XXII" episode (Caroline Omine) and Matthew Natsuk for directing.
As the makers of "Rango" relish its win, the competition for Oscar are "A Cat in Paris," "Chico & Rita," "Kung Fu Panda 2" and "Puss in Boots."
Here is a list of the winners of 39th Annual Annie Awards, which were handed out at UCLA’s Royce Hall Saturday (Feb. 4).
Best Animated Feature"Rango"Best Directing in a Feature Production
Jennifer Yuh Nelson, "Kung Fu Panda 2"
Voice Acting in a Feature Production
Bill Nighy as Grandsanta, "Arthur Christmas"
Writing in a Feature Production
John Logan, Gore Verbinski and James Byrkitt, "Rango"
Music in a Feature Production
John Williams, "The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn"
Character Design in a Feature Production
Mark "Crash" McCreery, "Rango"
Character Animation in a Feature Production
Jeff Gabor, "Rio"
Production Design in Feature Production
Raymond Zibach, "Kung Fu Panda 2"
Storyboarding in a Feature Production
Jeremy Spears, "Winnie the Pooh"
Editing in a Feature Production
Craig Wood, "Rango"
Animated Effects in an Animated Production
Kevin Romond, "The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn"
Animated Effects in a Live Action Production
Florent Andorra, "Transformers: Dark of the Moon"
Character Animation in a Live Action Production
Eric Reynolds, "Rise of the Planet of the Apes"
TVAnimated General Audience TV Production
Animated TV Special
"Kung Fu Panda: Secrets of the Masters"
Animated TV Commercial
Animated TV Production - preschool
"Disney Jake and the Never Land Pirates"
Animated TV Production - children
"The Amazing World of Gumball"
Animated Video Game
"Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet"
Character Animation in a TV Production
Tony Smeed - "Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice"
Character Design in a TV Production
Bill Schwab - "Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice"
Directing in a TV Production
Matthew Natsuk -- "The Simpsons"
Music in a TV production
Grace Potter, Michael Giacchino - "Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice"
Production Design in a TV Production
Mark Bodnar, Chris Tsirgiotis, Sue Mondt and Daniel Elson - "Secret Mountain Fort Awesome"
Storyboarding in a TV Production
Brian Kesinger - "Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice"
Writing for a TV Production
Caroline Omine - "Treehouse of Horror XXII"
Voice Acting in a TV Production
Jeff Bennett as Kowalski - "Penguins of Madagascar"
Editing in a TV Production
Ted Machold, Jeff Adams, Doug Tiano, Bob Tomlin - "Penguins of Madagascar"
Winsor McCay Award - Walt Peregoy, Borge Ring, Ronald Searle
June Foray Award - Art Leonardi
Special Achievement Award - Depth Analysis
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