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Raya and the Last Dragon and Encanto Lead 2022 Annie Awards Animated Feature Nominations

Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Raya and the Last Dragon and Encanto are the most recognized animated films in competition for the 49th annual Annie Awards, which were announced yesterday, having earned 10 and nine nominations, respectively. Disney earned further celebration when Pixar’s Luca garnered eight nods for the ceremony, which recognize excellence in animated cinema and television.

Sony and Netflix’s The Mitchells vs. the Machines also landed eight nominations. The three family movies will compete against each other in several categories, the highest being the coveted Best Feature trophy.

Gkids distributes three of the films vying for the Best Indie feature prize: Belle, Pompo the Cinephile and Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko. They will also battle against Flee, which is Denmark’s official entry for the International Feature Oscar, and Netflix’s The Summit of the Gods.

The top television categories include Best TV/Media – General Audience, whose nominees include Arcane, Bob’s Burgers, Love, Death + Robots, Star Wars: Visions and Tuca & Bertie. The Best TV/Media – Children category will feature a race between Amphibia, Carmen Sandiego, Dug Days, Maya and the Three and We the People.

The nominees for Voice Acting – Feature are John Leguizamo and Stephanie Beatriz for Encanto), Jack Dylan Grazer for Luca, Kelly Marie Tran for Raya and the Last Dragon and Abbi Jacobson for The Mitchells vs. the Machines. The race for Voice Acting – TV/Media includes Ella Purnell for Arcane, Michael J. Woodard for Arlo the Alligator Boy, Parvesh Cheena for Centaurworld, Kimberly Brooks for DC Super Hero Girls and Charlie Saxton for Trollhunters: Rise of the Titans.

The 49th annual Annie Awards ceremony will be held on February 26, 2022 at UCLA’s Royce Hall. It will be presented by the Los Angeles branch of the International Animated Film Association.

“In spite of everything or maybe because of what we and the world around us have been through for nearly two years, we all want to return to some sort of normal,” Frank Gladstone, executive producer of the Annie Awards, said about moving forward with the 2022 edition.

“2021 brought another increase in Annie Awards submissions, ASIFA memberships and ongoing sponsorships,” Gladstone added. “So we are planning to return to UCLA’s Royce Hall for an in-person event with all the trimmings.”

In addition to the 36 competitive award categories, the Annie Awards will honor achievements with juried prizes. Disney animator Ruben Aquino, computer pioneer Lillian Schwartz and Studio Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki with receive the Winsor McCay Award for lifetime achievement.

The June Foray Award for charitable contributions to the animation industry will go to filmmakers Renzo and Sayoko Kinoshita, founders of the Hiroshima International Animation Festival. The Python Foundation will be honored with the Ub Iwerks Award for technical advancement for its open-source Python programming language.

Artist and author Glen Vilppu will receive a special achievement award for his work teaching a generation of animation professionals. A certificate of merit for service to the art and industry of animation will go to Evan Vernon.

The complete list of the 49th annual Annie Awards nominees is listed below:

Best Feature

Encanto

Luca

Raya and the Last Dragon

Sing 2

The Mitchells vs. The Machines

Best Indie Feature

Belle

Flee

Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko

Pompo the Cinephile

The Summit of the Gods

Best Special Production

For Auld Lang Syne

La Vie de Château

Mum Is Pouring Rain

Namoo

The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf

Best Short Subject

Bestia

Easter Eggs

MAALBEEK

Night Bus

Steakhouse

Best Sponsored

A Future Begins

Fleet Foxes – Featherweight

The Good Guest Guide to Japan

Tiptoe & The Flying Machine

Wandavision – ‘Don’t Touch that Dial’ Title Sequence

Best TV/Media – Preschool

Ada Twist, Scientist

Muppet Babies.

ODO

Stillwater

Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum

Best TV/Media – Children

Amphibia

Carmen Sandiego

Dug Days

Maya and the Three

We the People

Best TV/Media – General Audience

Arcane

Bob’s Burgers

Love, Death + Robots

Star Wars: Visions

Tuca & Bertie

Best Student Film

A Film About A Pudding

HOPE

I Am A Pebble

Night of the Living Dread

Slouch

Best FX – TV/Media

Arcane

Castlevania

Maya and the Three

Shaun The Sheep: The Flight Before Christmas

Trollhunters: Rise of the Titans

Best FX – Feature

Belle

Encanto

Raya and the Last Dragon

The Mitchells vs. The Machines

Vivo

Best Character Animation – TV/Media

Arcane

Love, Death + Robots Episode: All Through the House

Namoo

We the People

Best Character Animation – Feature

Encanto

Luca

Raya and the Last Dragon

The Boss Baby: Family Business

Wish Dragon

Best Character Animation – Live Action

Flora & Ulysses

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

The Suicide Squad

The Tomorrow

Y: The Last Man

Best Character Animation – Video Game

Disney Wonderful Worlds

It Takes Two

Kena: Bridge of Spirits

Madrid Noir

Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart

Best Character Design – TV/Media

Arcane

Batman: The Long Halloween

Kid Cosmic

Maya and the Three Episode

Yuki 7

Best Character Design – Feature

Luca

Raya and the Last Dragon

Ron’s Gone Wrong

The Mitchells vs. The Machines

Vivo

Best Direction – TV/ Media

Amphibia – Jenn Strickland, Kyler Spears

Arcane – Pascal Charue, Arnaud Delord, Barthelemy Maunoury

Crossing Swords – John Harvatine, Brad Schaffer, Ethan Marak

Hilda and the Mountain King – Andy Coyle

Maya and the Three Episode – Jorge R. Gutierrez

Best Direction – Feature

Belle – Mamoru Hosoda

Encanto – Jared Bush, Byron Howard, Charise Castro Smith

Flee – Jonas Poher Rasmussen, Kenneth Ladekjaer

Luca – Enrico Casarosa

The Mitchells vs. The Machines – Mike Rianda, Jeff Rowe

Best Music – TV/ Media

Blush

Hilda and the Mountain King

Maya and the Three

Mila

Mira, Royal Detective

Best Music – Feature

Encanto

Luca

Poupelle of Chimney Town

Raya and the Last Dragon

Vivo

Best Production Design – TV/Media

Arcane

Arlo the Alligator Boy Episode: Broadcast Special

Love, Death + Robots Episode: Ice

Maya and the Three

Yuki 7

Best Production Design – Feature

Belle

Raya and the Last Dragon

Ron’s Gone Wrong

The Mitchells vs. The Machines

Vivo

Best Storyboarding – TV/Media

Arcane

Invincible

Kid Cosmic

Love, Death + Robots

The Ghost and Molly McGee

Best Storyboarding – Feature

Encanto

Raya and the Last Dragon

Spirit Untamed

The Addams Family 2

Vivo

Best Voice Acting – TV/Media

Arcane – Ella Purnell

Arlo the Alligator Boy – Michael J. Woodard

Centaurworld – Parvesh Cheena

DC Super Hero Girls – Kemberly Brooks

Trollhunters: Rise of the Titans – Charlie Saxton

Best Voice Acting – Feature

Encanto – John Leguizamo

Encanto – Stephanie Beatriz

Luca – Jack Dylan Grazer

Raya and the Last Dragon – Kelly Marie Tran

The Mitchells vs. The Machines – Abbi Jacobson

Best Writing – TV/ Media

Arcane

Maya and the Three

Muppet Babies

The Mighty Ones

Tuca & Bertie

Best Writing – Feature

Belle

Flee

Luca

Raya and the Last

The Mitchells vs. The Machines

Best Editorial – TV/ Media

Amphibia

Arlo the Alligator Boy

Love, Death + Robots

Tom and Jerry in New York

What If…?

Best Editorial – Feature

Encanto

Flee

Luca

Raya and the Last Dragon

The Mitchells vs. The Machines

Karen Benardellohttps://cinemadailyus.com
As a life-long fan of films and television shows, and an endless passion for writing, Karen Benardello decided to combine the two for a career. She graduated from New York's LIU Post with a B.F.A in Journalism, Print and Electronic in 2008. Karen has since been working in the press in New York City, including interviewing film and television casts and crews, writing movie and television news articles and reviewing films and televisions series. Some of her highlights include attending such local events as the Tribeca Film Festival, the New York Film Festival and New York Comic-Con, as well as traveling across North America to attend such festivals as the Sundance Film Festival, SXSW and the Toronto International Film Festival. She has been a member of the Women Film Critics Circle since 2012, and the New York Film Critics Online since 2019.

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