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By Tim O'Brien     Dec 3, 2012 in Entertainment
Los Angeles - The sun will come up for these films nominated for the Annies. They are not for musicals, as “Annie” might suggest to some, but rather, animated films.
The nominations were announced this morning (Dec. 3) and three films grabbed 10 nods along the way.
"Brave," "Rise of the Guardians" and "Wreck-It Ralph" each landed 10 nominations while "ParaNorman" and "Hotel Transylvania" received eight each.
The 40th Annual Annie Awards will be handed out on Feb. 2 at UCLA's Royce Hall.
Best Animated Feature
"Brave" – Pixar Animation Studios
"Frankenweenie” – The Walt Disney Studios
“Hotel Transylvania” – Sony Pictures Animation
“ParaNorman” – Focus Features
“Rise of the Guardians” – DreamWorks Animation
“The Pirates! Band of Misfits” – Aardman Animations
“The Rabbi’s Cat” – GKIDS
“Wreck-It Ralph” – Walt Disney Animation Studios
Directing in an Animated Feature Production
Genndy Tartakovsky - “Hotel Transylvania” – Sony Pictures Animation
Johan Sfar, Antoine Delesvaux - “The Rabbi’s Cat” - GKIDS
Remi Bezancon, Jean-Christophe Lie - “Zarafa” - GKIDS
Rick Moore - “Wreck-It Ralph” – Walt Disney Animation Studios
Sam Fell, Chris Butler - “ParaNorman” – Focus Features
Music in an Animated Feature Production
Alexandre Desplat - “Rise of the Guardians” – DreamWorks Animation
Bruce Retief - “Adventures in Zambezia” – Saltzman Communications
Henry Jackman - “Wreck-It Ralph” – Walt Disney Animation Studios
Joel McNeely, Brendan Milburn, Valerie Vigoda - “Secret of the Wings” – DisneyToon Studios
John Powell, Adam Schlesinger, Ester Dean - “Ice Age: Continental Drift” – Blue Sky Studios
John Powell, Cinco Paul - “Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax” – Illumination Entertainment
Mark Mothersbaugh - “Hotel Transylvania” – Sony Pictures Animation
Patrick Doyle, Mark Andrews, Alex Mandel - “Brave” – Pixar Animation Studios
Annie Award for Best Animated Special Production
“Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1” – Warner Bros. Animation
“Before Orel – Trust” – Starburns Industries, Inc.
“Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem” – Illumination Entertainment
“Disney Tron: Uprising – Beck’s Beginning” – Disney TV Animation
“Dragons: Gift of the Night Fury” – DreamWorks Animation
“Justice League: Doom” – Warner Bros. Animation
Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production
Adam Sandler as Dracula - “Hotel Transylvania” – Sony Pictures Animation
Alan Tudyk as King Candy - “Wreck-It Ralph” – Walt Disney Animation Studios
Atticus Shaffer as "E"Gore - “Frankenweenie” – The Walt Disney Studios
Catherine O'Hara as Weird Girl - “Frankenweenie” – The Walt Disney Studios
Imelda Staunton as Queen Victoria - “The Pirates! Band of Misfits” – Aardman Animations
Jim Cummings as Budzo - “Adventures in Zambezia” – Saltzman Communications
Jude Law as Pitch - “Rise of the Guardians” – DreamWorks Animation
Kelly MacDonald as Merida - “Brave” – Pixar Animation Studios
Best General Audience Animated Television Production
“Archer ‘Space Race, Part 1’” – Weissman Markovitz Communications for FX
“BOB’S BURGERS ‘Earsy Rider’” – 20th Century Fox TV
“Motorcity ‘Blond Thunder’” – Disney TV Animation
“MAD ‘FrankenWinnie/ParaMorgan’” – Warner Bros. Animation
“Robot Chicken ‘DC Comics Special’” - Stoopid Buddy Studios
“South Park ‘Raising the Bar’” – Central Productions
Directing in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production
Howie Parkins - “Jake and The Never Land Pirates: Peter Pan Returns!” – Disney TV Animation
John Eng - “Dragons: Riders of Berk: Animal House” – DreamWorks Animation
Mark Cabalero, Seamus Walsh - “SpongeBob SquarePants: It’s a Spongebob Christmas’’ – Nickelodeon Animation Studios
Mic Graves - “The Amazing World of Gumball: The Job” – Turner Broadcasting System Europe Ltd.
Michael Chang - “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Never Say Xever” - Nickelodeon Animation Studio
Zack Keller - “Dick Figures: Kung Fu Winners” – 6 Point Media
There are many more nominations, but a quick takeaway is that the voice actors do get awards here. But the real question come Oscar time, would they ever consider putting that category in there? Well, animation is such a part of cinema these says.
However, stunt folk have lobbied for a category for years and have not gotten one. It is not easy getting a new category in Oscars, and that is good. When looking at some awards, there are way too many categories and this one may qualify. Not only for the number of categories, but who gets nominated in each of them. For a full list head here.
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