Annies Awards Live Blog: Follow ASIFA-Hollywood’s 46th Annual Gala

The 46th annual Annie Awards is happening tonight at UCLA’s Royce Hall, and Deadline is live-blogging all the toon merriment. We also will be updating the winners live. There are a hefty 32 categories to celebrate, but the pace usually is quick. so stay tuned.

How will tonight’s awards — presented by the International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood — factor into a certain higher-profile trophy show happening in three weeks? Well, since the Academy Awards’ Best Animated Feature category was launched in 2002, 12 of the 17 winners of the Annies’ top feature prize – and five of the past seven — went on to claim Oscar gold. That includes last year’s big winner Coco, which won the Academy’s Animated Feature prize and added a Best Song Oscar to boot.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse comes in as the favorite, having swung through awards season and leaving its rivals generally pouting in their cels. The Sony Pictures Animation pic is up for seven awards tonight and will vie for Best Animated Feature against Incredibles 2 (Pixar), Isle of Dogs (Fox Searchlight Pictures/Indian Paintbrush/American Empirical Pictures), Ralph Breaks the Internet (Walt Disney Animation Studios) and Early Man (Aardman Animations).

Deadline’s Geoff Boucher is in the hall for the show, and Erik Pedersen is manning the editors desk. Here is how we are calling the action. Here are the winners announced so far:

Writing in an Animated Television / Broadcast Production
Stephanie Simpson
Hilda
Episode: Chapter 8: The Tide Mice
Hilda Productions Limited, a Silvergate Media Company, Netflix Inc. and Mercury Filmworks

Voice Acting in an Animated Television / Broadcast Production
Will Arnett (as Bojack)
BoJack Horseman
Episode: Free Churro
Tornante Productions, LLC for Netflix

Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production
Bryan Cranston (as Chief)
Isle of Dogs
Fox Searchlight Pictures / Indian Paintbrush / American Empirical Pictures

Editorial In An Animated Feature Production
Bob Fisher, Andrew Leviton, Vivek Sharma
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Sony Pictures Animation

Editorial in an Animated Television / Broadcast Production
Charles Jones, Joe Molinari, Dao Le, Vartan Nazarian
Big Hero 6: The Series
Walt Disney Television Animation

Animated Effects in an Animated Feature Production
Cesar Velazquez, Marie Tollec, Alexander Moaveni, Peter DeMund, Ian J. Coony
Ralph Breaks The Internet
Walt Disney Animation Studios

Animated Effects in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production
David M.V. Jones, Vincent Chou, Clare Yang
Tales of Arcadia: Trollhunters
Episode: The Eternal Knight Part 2
DreamWorks Animation Television

Character Animation In An Animated Feature Production
David Han
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Sony Pictures Animation Animator

Character Animation in an Animated Television / Broadcast Production
Scott Lewis
Hilda
Hilda Productions Limited, a Silvergate Media Company, Netflix Inc. and Mercury Filmworks

Character Animation in a Video Game
Adrian Miguel, Adrian Garcia
GRIS
Nomada Studio

Character Design in an Animated Feature Production
Shiyoon Kim
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Sony Pictures Animation

Character Design in an Animated Television / Broadcast Production
Amanda Jolly
Rapunzel’s Tangled Adventure
Episode: Freebird
Walt Disney Television Animation

Music in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production
Christopher Willis
Disney Mickey Mouse
Episode: Springtime
Disney Television Animation

Best Animated Television/Broadcast Commercial
Greenpeace ‘There’s a Rang-Tan In My Bedroom’
Passion Animation Studios

Best Animated Special Production
Mary Poppins Returns
Walt Disney Studios

Production Design in an Animated Feature Production
Justin K. Thompson
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Sony Pictures Animation

Production Design in an Animated Television / Broadcast Production
Céline Desrumaux, Jasmin Lai
Age of Sail
Google Spotlight Stories, Broad Reach Pictures

Best Animated Short Subject
Weekends
Past Lives Productions

Best Student Film
Best Friend
Nicholas OLIVIERI, Yi SHEN, Juliana DE LUCCA, Varun NAIR, David FELIU
Gobelins, l’école de l’image

Best Virtual Reality Production
Crow: The Legend
Baobab Studios

Scandinavian folklore in pop culture doesn’t end with Thor and Loki. “Hilda” takes second award of night

WINNER:

Writing in an Animated Television / Broadcast Production
Stephanie Simpson
Hilda
Episode: Chapter 8: The Tide Mice
Hilda Productions Limited, a Silvergate Media Company, Netflix Inc. and Mercury Filmworks

Bryan Cranston and Will Arnett each win but neither are on hand to accept their prize. Cranston’s “Isle of Dogs” trophy was taken backstage because no one in audience was present to um “fetch” it

WINNER:

Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production
Bryan Cranston (as Chief)
Isle of Dogs
Fox Searchlight Pictures / Indian Paintbrush / American Empirical Pictures

WINNER:

Voice Acting in an Animated Television / Broadcast Production
Will Arnett (as BoJack)
BoJack Horseman
Episode: Free Churro
Tornante Productions, LLC for Netflix

Will Arnett isn’t around to help accept the “Bojack” award because he’s busy celebrating the premiere of “Lego Movie” sequel — which was right up the street tonight in Westwood…

That was the fastest get-to-the-podium moment I think I’ve ever seen.

Voice acting is playfully defined from the stage as “the cure to pantomime.” Now THAT is damn funny.

Congrats, Winsor McCay honorees — let’s get back to the hardware.

The McCay Award is named after Winsor McCay, the brilliant artist and pioneering animator who gave the world the sublime “Little Nemo” and the endearing innovation of “Gertie the Dinosaur.” McCay was born 150 years ago this year and his work remains breathtaking … 

Andrea Romano is the first person to mention politics tonight, and that’s all she did — mention the word.

McCay winner Andrea Romano arrives at the mic with a directors note for the presenters, who flubbed her introduction. “Take two on that last line…”

Finding her own voice: McCay winner Andrea Romano portrayed herself in episodes of both “Tiny Toons” and “Animaniacs” 

Ha, hadn’t heard the DuckTales theme song in a while.

Andrea Romano has been working with Warner Bros on their animation pursuits since the Reagan administration…her highlight reel tonight is, no surprise, heavy on the Danny Elfman musical backdrop…

Rob Paulsen and Maurice LaMarche gave us some Pinky and the Brain in introducing Andrea Romano’s Winsor Award.

Andrea Romano is a force of nature working with voice talent. The third and final winner of tonight’s McCay Awards has a worldly and mischievous wit. She has been a major force in the success of the DC Comics animation franchises and direct-to-market movies…Gotham City and Metropolis wouldn’t be on the animation map in such a big way without Romano’s work. 

He also worked in various capacities on Pixar’s Toy Story, The Incredibles, Ratatouille, Up and Monsters, Inc.

Eggleston was the production designer on four Pixar movies: Incredibles 2, Inside Out, Finding Nemo and my personal favorite Disney film of the past half-century WALL-E.

“I never met anyone who ever met Ralph who doesn’t completely adore him.” That’s high praise for this Winsor McCay winner.

The second winner tonight of a McCay award, Ralph Eggleston is a truly beloved figure at Pixar, I’ve heard Pixar star creators singing his praises for years. His humor is memorable as well. “Somewhere between goofy and scathing” the presenter says of his wry sensibilities…

Great speech about how Frank’s colleagues finished his work on the feature A Boy Named Charlie Brown after he became to ill to work anymore. They finished under his name, and the “family got the paycheck”

Frank Braxton’s daughter notes that cartoons were mandatory viewing in her childhood home and that mornings always started on the sweet side. “We did eat Captain Crunch cereal almost every day…”

“Fractured Fairy Tales” and “Peanuts” and “George of the Jungle” …that’s some major flashback magic in Braxton’s esteemed sizzle reel….

 

The clips reel certainly connects with former kids of a certain age. What a great, too-brief career.

Frank Braxton is getting his Winsor McCay Award 50 years after his death of cancer at 40.

Ratzenberger might say “Post Malone” was the status of Sam’s ex-girlfriends on “Cheers”   

Whenever I hear Post Malone’s name, I think it should have been what we called Basketball Hall of Famer Moses Malone.

We’re past the halfway point awards-wise.

That dreamy music that you keep hearing when “Spider-Verse” wins is “Sunflower” by Post Malone and Swae Lee. The evocative single is off the film’s soundtrack and it hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 on Jan. 19…  

And that’s 4-for-4 for Spider-Teen.

WINNER:

Editorial In An Animated Feature Production
Bob Fisher, Andrew Leviton, Vivek Sharma
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Sony Pictures Animation

This win reminds of Big Here 6’s surprise Oscar win a few years ago after losing the marquee Annie Award to How to Train Your Dragon 2 that year.

WINNER:

Editorial in an Animated Television / Broadcast Production
Charles Jones, Joe Molinari, Dao Le, Vartan Nazarian
Big Hero 6: The Series
Walt Disney Television Animation

“Ralph Breaks the Internet” and “Incredibles 2” were major movie moments in animation but they’ve taken a backseat to the eye-popping leaps achieved in “Spider-Verse.” Any other year and they would be the ones everyone is talking about… 

The scene featured in the clip they showed from Ralph Breaks the Internet simply leapt off the big screen. Great stuff.

WINNER:

Animated Effects in an Animated Feature Production
Cesar Velazquez, Marie Tollec, Alexander Moaveni, Peter DeMund, Ian J. Coony
Ralph Breaks The Internet
Walt Disney Animation Studios

“Trollhunters” is the Netflix franchise from Guillermo del Toro and produced by DreamWorks Animation and Double Dare You Productions…it’s about a  teen who finds a mysterious amulet and a hidden realm inhabited by trolls and other magical beasties. Well worth checking out!

WINNER:

Animated Effects in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production
David M.V. Jones, Vincent Chou, Clare Yang
Tales of Arcadia: Trollhunters
Episode: The Eternal Knight Part 2
DreamWorks Animation Television

Holly Hunter for the win.

Holly Hunter goes to “A Quiet Place” on stage. Presents award with an imitation of her character Ada from “The Piano,” with her own sign language and goose sounds. 

David Han was giddy to receive the award from Lord & Miller (“That’s pretty awesome”)

Award winners in Hollywood don’t thank their grandparents often enough.

Spider-Verse now 3-for-3.

Lord & Mller get to present an award to one of their own team members …

WINNER:

Character Animation In An Animated Feature Production
David Han
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Sony Pictures Animation Animator

#alarminglyattractivealiens is likely to trend in 3…2…

“Hilda” features a fearless blue-haired girl who roams a wilderness full of elves and giants but treks to a bustling city packed with new friends. Winner Scott Lewis said his voyage from Canada to LA  had similar hallmarks. He called LA a space ship with “alarmingly attractive aliens”

WINNER:

Character Animation in an Animated Television / Broadcast Production
Scott Lewis
Hilda
Hilda Productions Limited, a Silvergate Media Company, Netflix Inc. and Mercury Filmworks

“Mary Poppins Returns” had an interesting challenge in trying to conform to tradition of the original film while also matching the state-of-the-art competition in the field these days. 

That’s a double for Poppins also.

WINNER:

Character Animation in a Live Action Production
Chris Sauve, James Baxter, Sandro Cleuzo
Mary Poppins Returns
Walt Disney Pictures

And now for something completely different…

Made me think of the inspired gibberish of Monty Python 

WINNER:

Character Animation in a Video Game
Adrian Miguel, Adrian Garcia
GRIS
Nomada Studio

Phil Lord notes that the Annies haven’t always been as dapper as they look tonight. The tux’s and gowns are up a few notches from the show’s dress code a decade ago. “I haven’t seen a Yosemite Sam vest all night…”

That misprouncing bit reminded me of an old Cheech and Chong routine: “The Evelyn Woodhead Sped Ridding Course”

That’s a legit ovation for Chris Miller and Phil Lord.

It’s also now live at the Annie’s site:

https://annieawards.org/watch-it-live

The open-source animation software called Blender get the Ub Iwerks Award, named after the legendary Disney animator who gave life to so much of the studio’s early classics. Tom Roosendaal was honored with the prize for his work dating back to the 1990s on the tech tool that has become a linchpin of Hollywood animation.

Hallelujah. The livestream is up on ASIFA-Hollywood’s Facebook page now.

The June Foray Award presented early, by the way, gets its name from the great voice actress who was the voice of Rocky the Flying Raccoon, Cindy Lou Who and Disney’s Cindrella among hundreds of others. She also is credited with hatching the idea of the Annies awards (her husband came up with the name idea) 

Yes “Spider-Verse” picks up 2nd trophy of the night. The film has been a powerhouse in awards season to date….

Spidey is your first double winner of the night.

WINNER:

Character Design In An Animated Feature Production
Shiyoon Kim
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Sony Pictures Animation

Amanda Jolly was back on campus at UCLa where she went to school — to get a Bachelor’s degree in English? he transitioned into animation after years…”I’m finally doing the thing I wanted to do since eI found out what this industry was all about…”

WINNER:

Character Design in an Animated Television / Broadcast Production
Amanda Jolly
Rapunzel’s Tangled Adventure
Episode: Freebird
Walt Disney Television Animation

Michael Giacchino: “Okay say it with me, Gee-Un-Keen-Oh” explain how to pronounce his last name. The composer’s first Annie was for “The Incredibles” and Brad Bird and he have become close friends during their fruitful collaborations  


Erik Pedersen
February 2, 20197:50 pm

I enjoy this awards show in particular every year, so it’s frustrating not to be able to watch it. Still trying to get livestream going.  

WINNER:

Music in an Animated Feature Production
Michael Giacchino
Incredibles 2
Pixar Animation Studios

Back to the roots: Christopher Willis wins the music for “Springtime” from Disney’s Mickey Mouse show. “Steamboat Willie” was the origin of animation in Hollywood in many ways. The composer offered a very non-Disney image in his acceptance speech calling the project “a nerd’s wet dream” 

WINNER:

Music in an Animated Feature Production
Michael Giacchino
Incredibles 2
Pixar Animation Studios
(Oops, missed that one a minute ago)

WINNER: 

Music in an Animated Television / Broadcast Production
Christopher Willis
Disney Mickey Mouse
Episode: Springtime
Disney Television Animation

Brisk award show! Rarity…

“I love cartoons. Do you still call them cartoons? Betty Boop was special to me…” Ratzenberger cracking wise.

John Ratzenberger opens the envelope and reads the name and tells the audience their Spider-Love was spot on. “You guys called it…” The winner is Justin K. Thompson. “This truly was a labor of love,” said Thompson, who began working with Lord & Miller on “Coudy With a Chance of Metballs” 

Spider-Verse has been cruising through awards season like the masked superhero flying over the big city. It won the Eddie Award last night.

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“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” gets a surge of applause when its first nomination is called out in the production Production Design In An Animated Feature Production category…


Geoff Boucher
February 2, 20197:32 pm

“Age of Sail” wins for Production Design in an Animated Television / Broadcast Production…Céline Desrumaux, Jasmin Lai

WINNER:

Production Design in an Animated Television / Broadcast Production
Céline Desrumaux, Jasmin Lai
Age of Sail
Google Spotlight Stories, Broad Reach Pictures

Livestream still not working here, so you’re on the spot, Geoff. I’ll chime is when I can. Rain in LA…

John Ratzenberger, of Cheers fame, is the only voice actor in every Pixar production. Greeted to the stage like a folk hero, the one-time Boston postal worker delivered the perfect acknowledgment. “Nice to be somewhere where everyone knows my name…” 

Adam Burke is the posthumous winner this year of the June Foray Award. Brad Bird presented the award. Burke worked on all four of the animated films that Bird has directed. Biurke was working on “Incredibles 2” when he finally informed Bird and Pixar of his advancing illness. “He faced it with grace, humor and aplomb,” Bird said, noting that Burke was one of the animators the director would have to discourage from working too hard.

“Weekends” is a 15-minute film by Trevor Jimenez about a boy shuttling between the Toronto homes of his recently divorced parents,,  

We’re having trouble with the livestream here at the editors desk but will keep trying.

Best animated short goes to “Weekends” which may have a lean running time but was hardly a quickie project. It was ten years in the making,,,

WINNER:

Best Animated Short Subject
Weekends
Past Lives Productions

WINNER:

Best Student Film
Best Friend
Nicholas OLIVIERI, Yi SHEN, Juliana DE LUCCA, Varun NAIR, David FELIU
Gobelins, l’école de l’image

The show starts with the future: The new category, best VR, and best student film. The inaugural VR trophy goes to Crow The Legend. 

Welcome to Deadline’s liveblog of the 46th Annie Awards. Pardon the minor rain delay, but we are rolling now.

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