The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood, announced the winners for its 48th Annual Annie Awards on Friday. No anime won awards this year.
The June Foray Award was presented to Daisuke “Dice” Tsutsumi (Toy Story 3 art director, co-director of The Dam Keeper).
Earwig and the Witch (Goro Miyazaki) received nominations in both the “Best Storyboarding – Feature” and “Best Voice Acting” (Vanessa Marshall as Bella Yaga) categories, but lost the “Best Storyboarding – Feature” award to Soul and lost the “Best Voice Acting” award to Eva Whittaker from Wolfwalkers.
The CG-animated Transformers: War for Cybertron Trilogy: Siege series (Masanori Sakakibara) was nominated for the “Best FX – TV/Media” category, but lost to Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous.
Ride Your Wave also received a nomination in the “Best Direction – Feature” category, but Wolfwalkers won the award.
The Annie Awards recognize outstanding achievement in animation. ASIFA-Hollywood added the Best Animated Independent Feature award for the 2016 awards in order to “recognize not only features in wide release, but also the independent animators, international studios, anime and special productions that might not otherwise get the attention they deserve.” Mamoru Hosoda‘s Mirai film won the award in 2019.
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