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Negative Space and Hedgehog's Home among the nominees in this year's  Annie Awards nominations.

I am particularly proud of the diversity of voices, techniques and artistic styles displayed in the feature films, television programming, independent shorts, commercials and gaming we screened this year.Jerry Beck, Annie Awards president.

This statement was never truer than this year's 45th Annie Awards nominations, organized since 1972 by ASIFA-Hollywood . Apart from the separate category of Independent Animation Feature, European animation features sneaked in more than categories than one.

The highly interesting political story of The Breadwinner  by Nora Twomey has garnered 10 (!) Annie nominations: Best Independent Animation Feature, Direction, Music, Character Design, Production Design, Storyboarding, Voice Acting (2 noms for Saara Chaudry and Laara Sadiq), Writing, Editing. This is only second to Pixar's Coco, which scored 13 nominations overall

Loving Vincent by Dorota Kopiela and Huch Welchman, which narrates and paints the mystery behind Van Gogh's last days,  is nominated for 3 Annies (best independent animation feature - best music - best writing).

The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales  zany and heartfelt story by Benjamin Renner and Patrick Imbert also picks up 3 Annie nominations: Best Independent Animation Feature - Direction - Character Animation.

Two independent animation shorts (both of them stop-motion) and awarded at animation festivals, find their way at the 2018 Annies.

Negative Space by Ru Kuwahata & Max Porter (production: I KKI Films / Manuel Cam Studio) and Hedgehog's Home by Eva Cvijanović  (production: National Film Board of Canada / Bonobostudio) are nominated in the best animation short category.


BBC's TV special Revolting Rhymes by Jacob Schuh is also nominated for Best Animated TV special.

Best Animated Feature

  • Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie, DreamWorks Animation
  • Cars 3,  Pixar Animation Studios
  • Coco, Pixar Animation Studios
  • Despicable Me 3, Illumination
  • The Boss Baby, DreamWorks Animation

Best Animated Feature-Independent

  • In This Corner of the World, Taro Maki, GENCO, Inc. and Masao Maruyama, MAPPA Co., Ltd
  • Loving Vincent, BreakThru Films, Production Company Trademark Films, Co-Production Company
  • Napping Princess, Nippon TV
  • The Big Bad Fox & Other Tales, Folivari / Panique! / Studiocanal
  • The Breadwinner / Cartoon Saloon / Aircraft Pictures / Melusine Productions


Directing in an Animated Feature Production

  • Coco, Pixar Animation Studios Director: Lee Unkrich, Co-Director: Adrian Molina
  • The Big Bad Fox & Other Tales, Folivari / Panique! / Studiocanal, Co-Director: Benjamin Renner, Co-Director: Patrick Imbert
  • The Boss Baby, DreamWorks Animation, Director: Tom McGrath
  • The Breadwinner, Cartoon Saloon / Aircraft Pictures / Melusine Productions, Director: Nora Twomey
  • The LEGO Batman Movie, Warner Animation Group, Director: Chris McKay

Writing in an Animated Feature Production

  • Coco, Pixar Animation Studios. Writer: Adrian Molina, Writer: Matthew Aldrich
  • Loving Vincent, BreakThru Films, Production Company Trademark Films, Co-Production Company. Writer: Dorota Kobiela, Writer: Hugh Welchman, Writer: Jacek Dehnel
  • Mary and The Witch's Flower, Studio Ponoc, Writer: Riko Sakaguchi. Writer: Hiromasa Yonebayashi. Writer: David Freedman. Writer: Lynda Freedman
  • The Breadwinner, Cartoon Saloon / Aircraft Pictures / Melusine Productions.  Writer: Anita Doron

Best Animated Special Production

  • Imaginary Friend Society “Feeling Sad”, Hornet
  • Olaf's Frozen Adventure, Walt Disney Animation Studios
  • Pig: The Dam Keeper Poems, Tonko House, Inc.
  • Revolting Rhymes, Magic Light Pictures
  • Tangled Before Ever After, Walt Disney Television Animation


Best Animated Short Subject

  • Dear Basketball, Glen Keane Productions, Kobe Studios, Believe Entertainment Group
  • Hedgehog's Home, National Film Board of Canada, Bonobostudio
  • Negative Space, IKKI Films / Manuel Cam Studio
  • Scavengers, Titmouse, Inc. // Adult Swim
  • Son of Jaguar, Google Spotlight Stories, Reel FX

  Character Animation in an Animated Feature Production

  • Coco, Pixar Animation Studio, Animator: John Chun Chiu Lee Character: All characters
  • Coco, Pixar Animation Studio, Allison Rutland Character: All characters
  • The Big Bad Fox & Other Tales Folivari / Panique! / Studiocanal,  Animator: Marco Nguyen Character: all characters in scene / Directing Animator: Benjamin Renner Character: all characters in scene / Supervising Animator: Patrick Imbert Character: all characters in scene
  • The Boss Baby, DreamWorks Animation, Animation Suvervisor: Bryce McGovern Character: various
  • The Boss Baby, DreamWorks Animation, Animation Supervisor: Rani Naamani Character: various

 Music in an Animated Feature Production

  • Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie, DreamWorks Animation. Composer: Theodor Shapiro
  • Coco, Pixar Animation Studios,Composer: Michael Giacchino, Composer/Lyricist: Kristin Anderson-Lopez, Composer/Lyricist: Robert Lopez, Composer: Germaine Franco, Lyricist: Adrian Molina
  • Loving Vincent, BreakThru Films, Production Company Trademark Films, Co-Production Company, Composer: Clint Mansell, Composer/Lyricist: Elyssa Samsel, Composer/Lyricist: Kate Anderson
  • Olaf's Frozen Adventure, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Composer: Christophe Beck
  • The Breadwinner, Cartoon Saloon / Aircraft Pictures / Melusine Productions,  Composer: Mychael Danna, Composer: Jeff Danna

Editorial in an Animated Feature Production

  • Coco, Pixar Animation Studios. Nominee: Steve Bloom. Nominee: Lee Unkrich Nominee: Greg Snyder Nominee: Tim Fox
  • Ferdinand, Blue Sky Studios/Twentieth Century Fox Animation. Nominee: Harry Hitner . Nominee: Tim Nordquist
  • The Breadwinner, Cartoon Saloon / Aircraft Pictures / Melusine Productions. Nominee: Darragh Byrne
  • The LEGO Batman Movie, Warner Animation Group. Nominee: David Burrows Nominee: Matt Villa Nominee: John Venzon
  • The Star, Sony Pictures Animation/Walden Media. Nominee: Pamela Ziegenhagen

    The Annie Awards™ cover 36 categories and include Best Animated Feature, Best Animated Feature-Independent, Special Productions, Commercials, Short Subjects, Student Films and Outstanding Individual Achievements, as well as the honorary Juried Awards. The winner of the 45 Annie Awards will be announced at a black tie ceremony on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at UCLA’s Royce Hall. More info: annieawards.org