This year’s 47th annual Annie Awards was dominated by Netflix’s animation efforts. The streaming platform’s holiday film, “Klaus,” swept all seven categories in which it was nominated Jan. 25, including the most important category of the night, Best Animated Film. The streamer also won in the Best Animated Feature Independent category with the film “I Lost My Body.”
The Annie Awards take place every winter in the midst of a jam-packed awards season, honoring the best in animation across 37 categories. One of the most prestigious honors in animated films, the accolades are looked to as a harbinger of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ animated feature category. Last year’s Annie Award Best Feature winner, “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” went on to take home the Oscar, marking the 13th shared winner since the Academy began recognizing animated features 18 years ago.
The director of “Klaus,” Sergio Pablos, also received recognition for his work, winning the Outstanding Achievement for Character Design in an Animated Feature Production and Outstanding Achievement for Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production prizes. The film’s animation supervisor, Sergio Martins, won the award for Outstanding Achievement for Character Animation in an Animated Feature Production.
It’s no secret that the streaming giant has been chasing Oscar gold the last few years, and this year it has more nominations than ever, including best picture contenders “The Irishman” and “Marriage Story.” But will they be able to take the Best Animated Feature award? Despite the Annies’ predictive relationship with the Oscars, “Klaus” is facing formidable competition from veteran animation studios and films with proven box office appeal. Netflix, a relative newcomer to the Academy Awards, will have to fend off DreamWorks’ “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World,” Pixar’s “Toy Story 4,” and Laika’s “Missing Link.” It may be no easy feat for “Klaus,” but Netflix has an edge here, as the category’s fifth nominee is their own “I Lost My Body.”
The streaming service took home a total of 19 Annie awards this year. The last season of “BoJack Horseman” won the Best General Audience Animated Television award, while “Love, Death & Robots” as well as “Tuca & Bertie” took home the awards for Outstanding Achievement for Animated Effects in an Animated Television and Outstanding Achievement for Writing in an Animated Television, respectively.
Don’t start feeling bad for Disney and Dreamworks yet; the animation stalwarts won their fair share of Annies and may still have a chance with Oscar. Disney classic character and show “Mickey Mouse” won in the Best Animated Television Broadcast Production for Children category, and “Frozen II” won Outstanding Achievement for Animated Effects in an Animated Production and a prize for Outstanding Achievement for Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production. “How to Train Your Dragon: Homecoming” took home the Best Animated Special Production award.
Check out a full list of winners here, and stay tuned for more updates in the lead-up to the Feb. 9 Academy Awards.
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