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Annie Awards: ‘Klaus’ & Netflix Dominate Animation Awards – Winners List

Erik Pedersen

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Will it be Christmas in February at the Oscars? Netflix’s holiday tale Klaus left the competition snowbound at tonight’s 47th annual Annie Awards, winning seven trophies including the marquee Best Animated Feature.

Overall, the night was a showcase for Netflix, which lapped the field with 19 Annie wins fueled by Klaus, I Lost My Body and Love, Death & Robots. The streaming giant also won a pair of awards for series that wrapped this year: BoJack Horseman and Tuca & Bertie.

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The Klaus wipeout throws the Academy Awards race for a loop, as Netflix’s first original animated feature won all seven categories for which it was nominated. Director and co-writer Sergio Pablos’ film dominated over the Big 3 studio mega-grossing sequels — Disney’s Frozen 2, DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World and Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 4 — which mostly were left scratching their toon heads despite a combined $3 billion worldwide take.

Frozen did manage a pair of wins tonight, including one for Josh Gad’s voice performance as Olaf, and How to Train Your Dragon took one. But Buzz, Woody and the Toy Story gang went home empty-handed from UCLA’s Royce Hall, as did Laika’s Missing Link, which won the Golden Globe for Animated Feature three weeks ago and was up for the same prize at the Annies.

Before presenting the top two awards, Christopher Lloyd said, “2019 will be remembered as the year the limits for feature animation were shattered.”

Starring Jason Schwartzman, J.K. Simmons and Rashida Jones, Klaus is the story of a selfish postman and a reclusive toymaker who form an unlikely friendship, delivering joy to a cold, dark town that desperately needs it. Along with Best Animated Feature, the film won for direction, editing, storyboarding, production design, character animation and character design.

So just how will tonight’s Klaus beatdown factor into a certain widely watched trophy show happening on February 9? Well, since the Academy Awards’ Best Animated Feature category was launched in 2002, 13 of the 18 winners of the Annies’ top feature prize – and six of the past eight –  went on to claim Oscar gold. That includes last year’s Annie and Oscar kingSpider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.

The Best Indie Feature award went to Xilam Animation’s I Lost My Body, which won the Critics’ Week Award at Cannes and was acquired by Netflix soon after. It also will vie for the Animated Feature Oscar along with Klaus, Missing Link, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World and Toy Story 4. 

The top-grossing movie of 2019 — indeed of all time — got some Annies love tonight as Disney/Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame took the prize for Best Character Animation, Live Action.

The biggest winner on the TV side tonight was the Netflix series Love, Death & Robots, which took four trophies — more than any project other than Klaus. Multiple TV winners tonight also included Disney Mickey Mouse and Carmen Sandiego.

The TV voice acting prize went to Fox’s Bob’s Burgers.

The show opened with a tribute to Who Framed Roger Rabbit animator Richard Williams, who died in August and to whom the ceremony was dedicated.

The June Foray Award was presented to Jeanette Bonds, writer, independent animator and co-founder and director of GLAS Animation, and the Ub Iwerks Award went to Jim Blinn, the computer scientist who first became widely known for his work as a computer graphics expert at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Three Winsor McCay Award recipients were chosen this year: Satoshi Kon (posthumously), the Japanese film director, animator, screenwriter and manga artist; Henry Selick, the stop-motion director-producer-writer who helmed The Nightmare Before Christmas and others; and Ron Clements & John Musker, animators, animation directors, screenwriters and producers of one of the Walt Disney Animation Studio’s leading director teams.

During the ceremony’s In Memorial segment, ASIFA-Hollywood paid tribute to the victims of the arson fire at Kyoto Animation Studios in July:

Here are the winners at the 47th Annie Awards:

Best Animated Feature
Klaus
Netflix Presents A Production of The Spa Studios and Atresmedia Cine

Best Animated Feature-Independent
I Lost My Body
Xilam for Netflix

Best Animated Special Production
How to Train Your Dragon Homecoming
DreamWorks Animation

Best Animated Short Subject
Uncle Thomas: Accounting for the Days
Ciclope Filmes, National Film Board of Canada, Les Armateurs

Best Virtual Reality Production
Bonfire
Baobab Studios

Best Animated Television/Media Commercial
The Mystical Journey of Jimmy Page’s ‘59 Telecaster
Nexus Studios

Best Animated Television/Media Production For Preschool Children
Ask The Storybots
Episode: Why Do We Have To Recycle?
JibJab Bros. Studios for Netflix

Best Animated Television/Media Production For Children
Disney Mickey Mouse
Episode: Carried Away
Disney TV Animation/Disney Channel

Best General Audience Animated Television/Media Production
BoJack Horseman
Episode: The New Client
Tornante Productions, LLC for Netflix

Best Student Film
The Fox & The Pigeon
Michelle Chua
Sheridan College

Animated Effects in an Animated Television/Media Production
Love, Death & Robots
Viktor Németh, Szabolcs Illés, Ádám Sipos, Vladimir Zhovna
Episode: The Secret War
Blur for Netflix

Animated Effects in an Animated Feature Production
Frozen 2
Benjamin Fiske, Alex Moaveni, Jesse Erickson, Dimitre Berberov, Kee Nam Suong
Walt Disney Animation Studios

Character Animation in an Animated Television / Broadcast Production
His Dark Materials
Aulo Licinio (Character: lorek)
Episode 7
BBC Studios

Character Animation In An Animated Feature Production
Klaus
Sergio Martins (Character: Alva)
Netflix Presents A Production of The Spa Studios and Atresmedia Cine

Character Animation in a Live Action Production
Avengers: Endgame
Sidney Kombo-Kintombo, Sam Sharplin, Keven Norris, Tim Teramoto, Jacob Luamanuvae-Su’a
Weta Digital

Character Animation in a Video Game
Unruly Heroes
Sebastien Parodi (Characters: Heroes Kid version, Underworld NPC,
Nicolas Leger (Characters: Wukong, Kihong, Sandmonk, Sanzang, Enemies and cinematics)
Magic Design Studios

Character Design in an Animated Television/Media Production
Carmen Sandiego
Keiko Murayama
Episode: The Chasing Paper Caper
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing and DHX Media for Netflix

Character Design in an Animated Feature Production
Klaus
Torsten Schrank
Netflix Presents a Production of The Spa Studios and Atresmedia Cine=

Directing in an Animated Television/Media Production
Disney Mickey Mouse
Alonso Ramirez Ramos
Episode: For Whom the Booth Tolls
Disney TV Animation/Disney Channel

Directing in an Animated Feature Production
Klaus
Sergio Pablos
Netflix Presents a Production of The Spa Studios and Atresmedia Cine

Music in an Animated Television/Media Production
Love, Death & Robots
Rob Cairns
Episode: Sonnie’s Edge
Blur for Netflix

Music in an Animated Feature Production
I Lost My Body
Dan Levy
Xilam for Netflix

Production Design in an Animated Television/Media Production
Love, Death & Robots
Alberto Mielgo
Episode: The Witness
Blur for Netflix

Production Design In An Animated Feature Production
Klaus
Szymon Biernacki, Marcin Jakubowski
Netflix Presents A Production of The Spa Studios and Atresmedia Cine

Storyboarding in an Animated Television/Media Production
Carmen Sandiego
Kenny Park
Episode: Becoming Carmen Sandiego, Part 1
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing and DHX Media for Netflix

Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production
Klaus
Sergio Pablos
Netflix Presents A Production of The Spa Studios and Atresmedia Cine

Voice Acting in an Animated Television/Media Production
Bob’s Burgers
H. Jon Benjamin (Character: Bob)
Episode: Roamin’ Bob-iday
20th Century FOX / Bento Box Entertainment

Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production
Frozen 2
Josh Gad (Character: Olaf)
Walt Disney Animation Studios

Writing in an Animated Television/Media Production
Tuca & Bertie
Shauna McGarry
Episode: The Jelly Lakes
Tornante Productions, LLC for Netflix

Writing in an Animated Feature Production
I Lost My Body
Jérémy Clapin, Guillaume Laurant
Xilam for Netflix

Editorial in an Animated Television/Media Production
Love, Death & Robots
Bo Juhl, Stacy Auckland, Valerian Zamel
Episode: Alternate Histories
Blur for Netflix

Editorial in an Animated Feature Production
Klaus
Pablo García Revert
Netflix Presents A Production of The Spa Studios and Atresmedia Cine

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