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Oscar Watch: Coraline, Up Lead Annie Noms

by Anne Thompson
December 1, 2009 6:57 AM
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Is CG animation on the decline?

That's unlikely, but Tuesday's Annie nominations favored stop-motion and 2-D this year. And they lend some sense of direction as to where the Oscar animation category may be trending. The Annies are not historically as Pixar-friendly as the Oscars tend to be: they went with Happy Feet over Cars in 2006, and last year they shut out Wall-E to favor DreamWorks' Kung Fu Panda. So even though Henry Selick's tour-de-force 3-D stop-motion film Coraline dominated Tuesday's Annie noms with ten, Up is still the Oscar fave in the animation category. But what will fill out the Oscar dance card's five slots this year?

The nominations for the Annies, which will be handed out on February 6, suggest that two stop-motion features are in the mix ( Coraline and Fantastic Mr. Fox) as well as two 2-D films released by Disney (The Princess and the Frog and Ponyo), along with CG films Up and Sony's Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. Not faring so well were popular CG hits Monsters vs. Aliens and Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaur and Sundance claymation entry Mary & Max.

Full list of nominations on the jump.


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2009 ANNIE AWARD NOMINATIONS BY CATEGORY

PRODUCTION CATEGORIES

Best Animated Feature

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs – Sony Pictures Animation

Coraline – Laika

Fantastic Mr. Fox – 20th Century Fox

The Princess and the Frog – Walt Disney Animation Studios

The Secret of Kells – Cartoon Saloon

Up – Pixar Animation Studios

Best Home Entertainment Production

Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas – Universal Animation Studios

Futurama: Into the Wild Green Yonder – The Curiosity Company in association
with 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

Green Latern: First Flight – Warner Bros. Animation

Open Season 2 – Sony Pictures Animation

SpongeBob vs. The Big One – Nickelodeon

Best Animated Short Subject

Pups of Liberty – Picnic Pictures

Robot Chicken: Star Wars 2.5 – ShadowMachine

Santa, The Fascist Years – Plymptoons

The Rooster, The Crocodile and The Night Sky – Barley Films

The Story of Walls – Badmash Animation Studios

Best Animated Television Commercial

Goldfish: In The Dark – Blur Studios, Inc.

Idaho Lottery “Twiceland” – Acme Filmworks, Inc.

Nutty Tales – Blue Sky Studios

Spanish Lottery “Deportees” – Acme Filmworks, Inc.

The Spooning – Screen Novelties /Acne Media
Best Animated Television Production

Glenn Martin, DDS – Torante, Cuppa Coffee Studios & Rogers Communications

Merry Madagascar – DreamWorks Animation

Prep and Landing – ABC Family/Walt Disney Animation Studios

The Simpsons – Gracie Films

Best Animated Television Production for Children

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse – Disney Television Animation

SpongeBob SquarePants – Nickelodeon

The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack – Cartoon Network Studios

The Mighty B! – Nickelodeon/Polka Dot Pictures/Paper Kite Productions

The Penguins of Madagascar – Nickelodeon and DreamWorks Animation

INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT CATEGORIES

Animated Effects

Scott Cegielski “Monsters vs. Aliens” – DreamWorks Animation

Alexander Feigin “9” – 9 L.L.C.

Eric Froemling “Up” – Pixar Animation Studios

Tom Kluyskens “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs” – Sony Pictures Animation

James Mansfield “The Princess and the Frog” – Walt Disney Animation Studios

Character Animation in a Television Production

Mark Donald “B.O.B.’s Big Break” – DreamWorks Animation

Mark Mitchell “Prep and Landing” – Walt Disney Animation Studios

Kevan Shorey “Merry Madagascar” – DreamWorks Animation

Tony Smeed “Prep and Landing” – Walt Disney Animation Studios

Phillip To “Monsters vs. Aliens: Mutant Pumpkins from Outer Space” –
DreamWorks Animation
Character Animation in a Feature Production

Andreas Deja “The Princess and the Frog” – Walt Disney Animation Studios

Eric Goldberg “The Princess and the Frog” – Walt Disney Animation Studios

Travis Knight “Coraline” – Laika

Daniel Nguyen “Up” – Pixar Animation Studios

Bruce Smith “The Princess and the Frog” – Walt Disney Animation Studios

Character Design in a Television Production

Bryan Arnett “The Mighty B! – Catatonic” – Nickelodeon/Polka Dot
Pictures/Paper Kite Productions

Ben Balistreri “Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends” – Cartoon Network Studios

Craig Kellman “Merry Madagascar” – DreamWorks Animation

Bill Schwab “Prep and Landing” – Walt Disney Animation Studios

Character Design in a Feature Production

Daniel Lopez Munoz “Up” – Pixar Animation Studios

Shane Prigmore “Coraline” – Laika

Shannon Tindle “Coraline” – Laika

Directing in a Television Production

Pam Cooke & Jansen Yee “American Dad: Brains, Brains & Automobiles” – 20th
Century Fox/Fuzzy Door/Underdog

Rob Fendler “Popzilla” – Animax

John Infantino, J.G. Quintel “The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack: Candy
Casanova” – Cartoon Network Studios

Bret Haaland “The Penguins of Madagascar – Launchtime” – Nickelodeon and
DreamWorks Animation

Jennifer Oxley “The Wonder Pets: Help The Monster” – Nickelodeon/Little
Airplane Productions
Directing in a Feature Production

Wes Anderson “Fantastic Mr. Fox” – 20th Century Fox

Pete Docter “Up” – Pixar Animation Studios

Christopher Miller, Phil Lord “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs” – Sony
Pictures Animation

Hayao Miyazaki “Ponyo” – Studio Ghibli

Henry Selick “Coraline” – Laika

Music in a Television Production

Michael Giacchino “Prep and Landing” – Walt Disney Animation Studios

Kevin Kiner “Star Wars: The Clone Wars “Weapons Factory” – Lucasfilm
Animation Ltd.

Guy Moon “The Fairly OddParents: “Wishology- The Big Beginning” –
Nickelodeon

Music in a Feature Production

Bruno Coulais “Coraline” – Laika

Michael Giacchino “Up” – Pixar Animation Studios

Joe Hisaishi “Ponyo” – Studio Ghibli

John Powell “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs” – Blue Sky Studios

Production Design in a Television Production

Mac George “Prep and Landing” – Walt Disney Animation Studios

Andy Harkness “Prep and Landing” – Walt Disney Animation Studios

Janice Kubo “Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends” – Cartoon Network Studios

Production Design in a Feature Production

Christopher Appelhans “Coraline” – Laika

Ian Gooding “The Princess and the Frog” – Walt Disney Animation Studios

Tadahiro Uesugi “Coraline – Laika

Christophe Vacher “9” – 9 L.L.C.
Storyboarding in a Television Production

Sunil Hall “The Mighty B!: Catatonic” – Nickelodeon/Polka Dot Pictures/Paper

Brandon Kruse “The Fairly OddParents: Fly Boy” – Nickelodeon

Robert Koo “Merry Madagascar” – DreamWorks Animation

Joe Mateo “Prep and Landing” – ABC Family/Walt Disney Animation Studios
Kite Productions

Adam Van Wyk “The Spectacular Spider-Man: Final Curtain” – Culver
Entertainment

Storyboarding in a Feature Production

Sharon Bridgeman “Astro Boy” – Imagi Studios

Chris Butler “Coraline” – Laika

Ronnie Del Carmen “Up” – Pixar Animation Studios

Tom Owens “Monsters vs. Aliens” – DreamWorks Animation

Peter Sohn “Up” – Pixar Animation Studios

Voice Acting in a Television Production

Danny Jacobs - Voice of King Julien - “Merry Madagascar” – DreamWorks
Animation

Nicky Jones - Voice of Chowder - “Chowder: The Dinner Theatre’” – Cartoon
Network Studios

Tom Kenny - Voice of SpongeBob - “SpongeBob SquarePants – Truth or
Square” – Nickelodeon

Dwight Schultz - Voice of Mung Daal - “Chowder:The Party Cruise” – Cartoon
Network Studios

Willow Smith - Voice of Abby - “Merry Madagascar” – DreamWorks Animation
Voice Acting in a Feature Production

Jen Cody - Voice of Charlotte - “The Princess and the Frog” – Walt Disney
Animation Studios

Dawn French - Voice of Miss Forcible – “Coraline” – Laika

Hugh Laurie - Voice of Dr. Cockroach Ph.D. – “Monsters vs. Aliens” –
DreamWorks Animation

John Leguizamo - Voice of Sid – “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaur” – Blue Sky
Studios

Jenifer Lewis - Voice of Mama Odie – “The Princess and the Frog” – Walt Disney
Animation Studios

Writing in a Television Production

Daniel Chun – “The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror XX” – Gracie Films

Kevin Deters, Stevie Wermers-Skelton – “Prep and Landing” – Walt Disney
Animation Studios

Valentina L. Garza – “The Simpsons: Four Great Women and a Manicure” –
Gracie Films

Billy Kimball and Ian Maxtone-Graham - “The Simpsons: Gone Maggie Gone” –
Gracie Films

Billy Lopez – The Wonder Pets – Save the Honey Bears” – Nickelodeon
Productions/Little Airplane Productions

Writing in a Feature Production

Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach – “Fantastic Mr. Fox” – 20th Century Fox

Pete Docter, Bob Peterson, Tom McCarthy – “Up” – Pixar Animation Studios

Timothy Hyde Harris and David Bowers – “Astro Boy” – Imagi Studios

Christopher Miller and Phil Lord – “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs” – Sony
Pictures Animation
JURIED AWARDS

Winsor McCay Award – Tim Burton, Bruce Timm, Jeffrey Katzenberg

June Foray – Tom Sito

Ub Iwerks Award – William T. Reeves

Special Achievement – Martin Meunier and Brian McLean

Certificate of Merit – Myles Mikulic, Danny Young and Michael Woodside

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3 Comments

  • Mest | December 8, 2009 3:29 AMReply

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  • susan | December 8, 2009 2:22 AMReply

    Coraline was disturbing and negative. I can't believe they would consider giving that awful film an oscar.

  • David | December 3, 2009 11:57 AMReply

    I saw Up a few weeks ago and let me say that it is one of Pixar's best. The story is amazing and Pixar does know how to tell it. With a nomination for Best Animated Film and another for Best Film (which was achieved by Disney Cars) - this would be another great achievment to this amazing studio.

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