By Jerry Beck | Animation Scoop March 14, 2014 at 3:00PM
The entire 41st Annual Annie Awards ceremony from this past February 1st 2014 has been expertly edited down to two hours and is now post online. M.C'd by Patrick Warburton and featuring such diverse presenters and honorees as Steven Spielberg, Cloris Leachman, Josh Gad and Phil Tippett - this just might be the best way to watch it.
One of the highlights is a re-creation of the presentation of Gertie The Dinosaur (1914) - the first hand drawn character animation film that essentially launched the industry - with Bill Farmer as artist Winsor McCay. This appears at 51:31.
The Winsor McCay Awards for lifetime achievement to Steve Spielberg (at 1:21), Katsuhiro Otomo (1:14) and Phil Tippett (1:00) are especially heartfelt; June Foray present an special award to Alice Davis (at 18:43). Congratulations to all of this years nominees and winners.