How to Train Your Dragon 2 has secured its claim to this year’s best animated feature Oscar by taking top honors at the 42nd Annie Awards at the University of California, Los Angeles’ Royce Hall.
The DreamWorks sequel was named best feature at the event, which honored 2014’s best achievements in animation.
How to Train Your Dragon 2 also took home awards for Dean DeBlois’s direction, feature character design, storyboarding and music.
The Lego Movie won a writing award, while Ben Kingsley was recognised for his voice work in The Boxtrolls.
Feast, the short film that precedes Disney’s Big Hero 6 in cinemas, was named best animated short subject.
Based on the book series by Britain’s Cressida Cowell, How to Train Your Dragon 2 follows the adventures of a young Viking called Hiccup and his pert dragon Toothless.
It won the Golden Globe for best animated feature and is up for the same awards at the Oscars and the BAFTAs.
The original How to Train Your Dragon was named best animated feature at the 2011 Annies but lost out at the Oscars to Toy Story 3.
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Annie Awards 2014 full list of winners
Best Animated Feature:
Frozen, Walt Disney Animation Studios
Annie Award for Best Animated Special Production:
Chipotle Scarecrow, Chipotle Creative Department, Moonbot Studios
Best Animated Short Subject:
Get A Horse!,Walt Disney Animation Studios
Best Animated TV/Broadcast Commercial:
Despicable Me 2, Cinemark
- Universal Pictures
Best General Audience Animated TV/Broadcast Production For Preschool Children:
Disney Sofia the First
- Disney Television Animation
Best Animated TV/Broadcast Production For Children’s Audience:
Adventure Time, Cartoon Network Studios
Best General Audience Animated TV/Broadcast Production:
Futurama,20th Century Fox Television
Best Animated Video Game:
The Last of Us, Naughty Dog
Best Student Film
Wedding Cake, Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg, Viola Baier, Iris Frisch
Animated Effects in an Animated Production:
Jeff Budsberg, Andre Le Blanc, Louis Flores, Jason Mayer, The Croods, DreamWorks Animation
Animated Effects in a Live Action Production:
Michael Balog, Ryan Hopkins, Patrick Conran, Florian Witzel, Pacific Rim, Industrial Light & Magic
Character Animation in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production:
Kureha Yokoo, Toy Story of Terror!,Pixar Animation Studios
Character Animation in an Animated Feature Production:
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Jakob Jensen, The Croods, DreamWorks Animation
Character Animation in a Live Action Production:
Jeff Capogreco, Jedrzej Wojtowicz, Kevin Estey, Alessandro Bonora, Gino Acevedo, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Gollum,Weta Digital
Character Design in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production:
Paul Rudish, Disney Mickey Mouse, Disney Television Animation
Character Design in an Animated Feature Production:
Carter Goodrich, Takao Noguchi, Shane Prigmore, The Croods, DreamWorks Animation
Directing in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production:
Angus MacLane, Toy Story of Terror!, Pixar Animation Studios
Directing in an Animated Feature Production:
Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee, Frozen,Walt Disney Animation Studios
Music in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production:
Christopher Willis, Disney Mickey Mouse, Disney Television Animation
Music in an Animated Feature Production:
Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez, Christophe Beck, Frozen,Walt Disney Animation Studios
Production Design in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production:
Angela Sung, William Niu, Christine Bian, Emily Tetri, Frederic Stewart, The Legend of Korra, Nickelodeon Animation Studio
Production Design in an Animated Feature Production:
Michael Giaimo, Lisa Keene, David Womersley, Frozen,Walt Disney Animation Studios
Storyboarding in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production:
Daniel Chong, Toy Story of Terror!, Pixar Animation Studios
Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production:
Dean Kelly, Monsters University, Pixar Animation Studios
Voice Acting in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production:
Tom Kenny as the voice of Ice King, Adventure Time, Cartoon Network Studios
Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production:
Josh Gad as the voice of Olaf, Frozen, Walt Disney Animation Studios
Writing in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production:
Lewis Morton, Futurama, 20th Century Fox Television
Writing in an Animated Feature Production:
Hayao Miyazaki, The Wind Rises,Studio Ghibli/Touchstone Pictures/The Walt Disney Studios
Editorial in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production:
Illya Owens, Disney Mickey Mouse, Disney Television Animation
Editorial in an Animated Feature Production:
Greg Snyder, Gregory Amundson, Steve Bloom, Monsters University, Pixar Animation Studios
Winsor McCay Award:
Katsuhiro Otomo, Steven Spielberg, Phil Tippett
June Foray Award:
Ub Iwerks Award
Special Achievement Award
Creative Talent Network (CTN) Animation eXpo
Certificate of Merit
I Know That Voice
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Frozen was the big winner at the 41st annual Annie Awards, taking five prizes including best animated feature.
The 3D film, which is nominated for two Oscars and won a Golden Globe last month, has taken more than $864 million around the world.
Frozen beat Despicable Me 2, Ernest & Celestine, A Letter to Momo, The Croods, Monsters University and The Wind Rises to win the main prize.
The Annie Awards are Hollywood’s top animation honors for both film and TV.
Frozen‘s other prizes were in the music and production design categories, as well as voice acting for Josh Gad’s Olaf the Snowman and best directing for Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, who also wrote the script.
Frozen was the big winner at the 41st annual Annie Awards, taking five prizes including best animated feature
Pixar won five awards, including two for Monsters University and three for an ABC special called Toy Story of TERROR.
DreamWorks Animation got three awards for its hit film The Croods, in the character animation, character design and animated effects categories.
The International Animated Film Society, which published the full list of winners on its website, also honored several live action films including The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey for character animation and Pacific Rim for animated effects.
Legendary filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki won a writing Annie for The Wind Rises, which he has said will be his last film.
In the TV categories, Fox TV show Futurama won best general-audience animated show, Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time was named best children’s show, while Disney’s Sofia the First was voted best show for pre-school children.
Steven Spielberg was honored for his exceptional contribution to animation, with manga artist and director Katsuhiro Otomo also among several winners of special awards.
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Frozen and Monsters University lead the nominations for the 41st Annie Awards, which honor the year’s best achievements in animation.
Both films landed 10 nominations each, including best animated feature.
Despicable Me 2 and The Croods also compete for the event’s top prize, as do Japanese titles The Wind Rises and A Letter to Momo and the French animation Ernest and Celestine.
The awards will be handed out at a Los Angeles ceremony on February 1st, 2014.
The evening will see director Steven Spielberg recognized for his career contribution to the art of animation.
Frozen‘s other nominations include nods for character animation and design, writing and music in an animated feature.
The film is an adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen.
Frozen leads the nominations for the 41st Annie Awards
Monsters University, a prequel to 2001’s Monsters, Inc, is also up for best animated effects, production design and storyboarding.
Despicable Me 2 scored nine nominations in the main feature film categories, with three of its stars – Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig and Pierre Coffin – recognized for voice acting.
Billy Crystal was also nominated for Monsters University, as were Paul Giamatti for Turbo, Terry Crews for Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 and Josh Gad for Frozen.
The Croods, about a family of cavemen fighting for survival, also received nine nominations.
Frozen and Ernest and Celestine were the only films to be nominated in the best feature, directing and writing categories.
Disney picked up 31 nominations across the 30 categories, which encompass film, TV games and commercials.
DreamWorks followed with 19 nominations, one more than the number Pixar recorded.
The Annie Awards usually indicate which titles will be nominated for the Academy’s best animated feature award.
This year the five nominees for the best animated feature Oscar also received Annie nominations, though eventual Oscar recipient Brave lost the top Annie prize to Wreck-It Ralph.
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