The Disney "Frozen" juggernaut continued Saturday night at the 41st Annie Awards, grabbing five trophies at UCLA's Royce Hall, including best feature, directing (Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee), music, production design, and voice acting kudos for Josh Gad's Olaf snowman. The ASIFA-Hollywood honor should help seal the Oscar deal for the fifth highest-grossing animated feature in history ($350.7 million/$813.2 million and counting).
Fittingly, Disney's ingenious Mickey Mouse hybrid short, "Get a Horse!," also the Oscar frontrunner, took that category as well.
Meanwhile, DreamWorks' successful prehistoric family road trip, "The Croods," earned three craft Annies: animated effects, character animation, and character design.
Pixar's "Monsters University," which didn't make the Oscar cut, took the Annies for storyboarding and editorial.
"The Wind Rises," the supposed swan song for Hayao Miyazaki, won the writing award for Studio Ghibli's animation master.
Guillermo del Toro's "Pacific Rim," which didn't make the VFX Oscar cut, grabbed animated effects for ILM, and Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" was honored for Gollum's character animation by Weta Digital.
Winsor McCay Lifetime Achievement Awards went to DreamWorks Animation co-founder Steven Spielberg, who conveyed his passion for the medium in a video message and recalled paying homage to McCay's 100-year-old Gertie the dinosaur in "Jurassic Park"); stop-motion animator Phil Tippett, who's re-teaming with ILM on the upcoming "Jurassic World," and proclaimed the importance of being subversive; and anime wonder Katsuhiro Otomo ("Akira"), who humbly said it was time he watched his own work.
The June Foray Award was presented to legendary Disney costume designer Alice Davis; and the Ub Iwerks Award went to stop-motion software Dragonframe. A Special Achievement award was given to the CTN Expo, and the Certificate of Merit went to the documentary "I Know That Voice."
Hosted by the wry Patrick Warburton ("Mr. Peabody & Sherman"), here's a complete list of winners: