Tim here, with a quick bit of news: the International Animated Film Society has announced the nominees for the 41st Annie Awards. Unsurprisingly, it's heavily tilted towards big studio fare, with Despicable Me 2 dominating the list with eleven nominations, Monsters University and Frozen with ten nominations apiece, and The Croods just a breath behind with nine.
In the short categories (Best Animated Special Production, Best Animated Short), three of the films on the Oscar bake-off list made the Annies' cut: British TV special "Room on the Broom", the Canadian "Gloria Victoria", and Disney's tech-heavy new Mickey short, "Get a Horse!"
The full list of nominees is here. For now, I'll leave you with the nominations for Voice Acting, entirely men aside from Wiig. (The corresponding TV category is 100% male)
- Paul Giamatti as the voice of Chet - Turbo
- Terry Crews as the voice of Earl – Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2
- Kristen Wiig as the voice of Lucy – Despicable Me 2
- Steve Carell as the voice of Gru – Despicable Me 2
- Pierre Coffin as the voice of Minions - Despicable Me 2
- Billy Crystal as the voice of Mike – Monsters University
- Josh Gad as the voice of Olaf - Frozen
And the seven films in contention for Best Animated Feature:
- The Croods
- Despicable Me 2
- Ernest & Celestine
- A Letter to Momo
- Monsters University
- The Wind Rises
We can probably expect Oscar's list to consist of some combination of four or five of these.