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DreamWorks Animation 'How to Train Your Dragon' Sweeps Controversial Annie Awards

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DreamWorks Animation How to Train Your DragonDreamWorks Animation 'How to Train Your Dragon' with Chief Stoick (Gerard Butler).

DreamWorks Animation-produced 'How to Train Your Dragon' sweeps controversial Annie Awards

The Annie Awards-DreamWorks Animation marriage has been unofficially consummated. Directed by Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders, the DreamWorks / Paramount animated feature How to Train Your Dragon swept the 2011 Annie Awards, winning 10 trophies, including Best Animated Film. (Scroll down to check out the full list of Annie Award winners and nominees in the film and television categories.)

In August 2010, Disney / Pixar withdrew from the International Animated Film Association (IAFA), which selects the Annie Award nominees and winners, because of its voting regulations. They asserted that DreamWorks Animation personnel are allowed to dominate IAFA's ranks.

'Toy Story 3' nominated for a mere 3 Annie Awards

How to Train Your Dragon had been up for 15 Annies. In fact, the film won in every single category for which it was nominated, as it was a double contender in several instances – and a triple nominee for Best Character Animation in a Feature Production.

On the other hand, Pixar's Lee Unkrich-directed Toy Story 3, last year's most successful animated feature both among filmgoers and film critics, was nominated for only three Annies.

Faring even more modestly, Disney's Tangled, directed by Nathan Greno and Byron Howard and featuring the voices of Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi, landed two nods.

Neither film won any Annie Awards.

For comparison's sake, another DreamWorks Animation entry, Megamind, was shortlisted in six categories.

Pixar vs. DreamWorks Animation replay

Two years ago, DreamWorks Animation's Kung Fu Panda swept the Annie Awards, whereas Pixar's much better-received WALL-E, winner of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association's award for Best Picture of 2008, went home empty-handed.

Needless to say, unless voting regulations are drastically changed in the near future, the Annies will continue to be dogged by credibility issues.

According to TheWrap's Steve Pond, the International Animated Film Association has already restricted voting "to those who've been approved by special committees." Even so, Pond adds, "DreamWorks employees are said by those familiar with the roster to make up as much as 40 percent of the membership."

Both How to Train Your Dragon and Toy Story 3 are up for the Best Animated Feature Oscar. The third nominee in that category is Sylvain Chomet's Jacques Tati-based The Illusionist.

Guillermo del Toro presented the 2011 Best Animated Feature Annie. See below the full list of 2011 Annie Awards' winners and nominees in the film and television categories.

See also: "Annie Awards: DreamWorks vs. Pixar / Disney."

Toy Story 3 Buzz Lightyear Woody'Toy Story 3': Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) and Woody (Tom Hanks) in Annie Award-less Pixar blockbuster.

2011 Annie Awards winners and nominations

FEATURE FILMS

Best Animated Feature
Despicable Me – Illumination Entertainment.
* How to Train Your Dragon – DreamWorks Animation.
Tangled – Disney.
The Illusionist – Django Films.
Toy Story 3 – Disney / Pixar.

Best Animated Short Subject
Coyote FallsWarner Bros. Animation.
* Day & Night – Pixar.
Enrique Wrecks the World – House of Chai.
The Cow Who Wanted to Be a Hamburger – Plymptoons Studio.
The Renter – Jason Carpenter.

Animated Effects in an Animated Production
Andrew Young Kim for Shrek Forever After – DreamWorks Animation.
* Jason Mayer for How to Train Your Dragon – DreamWorks Animation.
Brett Miller for How to Train Your Dragon – DreamWorks Animation.
Sebastian Quessy for Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole – Warner Bros. Pictures.
Kryzstof Rost for Megamind – DreamWorks Animation.

Character Animation in a Feature Production
Mark Donald for Megamind – DreamWorks Animation.
Anthony Hodgson for Megamind – DreamWorks Animation.
* Gabe Hordos for How to Train Your Dragon – DreamWorks Animation.
Jakob Hjort Jensen for How to Train Your Dragon – DreamWorks Animation.
David Torres for How To Train Your Dragon – DreamWorks Animation.

Directing in a Feature Production
Sylvain Chomet for The Illusionist – Django Films.
Pierre Coffin for Despicable Me – Illumination Entertainment.
Mamoru Hosoda for Summer Wars – Madhouse / Funimation.
* Chris Sanders. Dean DeBlois for How To Train Your Dragon – DreamWorks Animation.
Lee Unkrich for Toy Story 3 – Disney / Pixar.

Voice Acting in a Feature Production
* Jay Baruchel as Hiccup for How To Train Your Dragon – DreamWorks Animation.
Gerard Butler as Stoick for How To Train Your Dragon – DreamWorks Animation.
Steve Carell as Gru for Despicable Me – Illumination Entertainment.
Cameron Diaz as Fiona for Shrek Forever After – DreamWorks Animation.
Geoffrey Rush as Ezylryb for Legend Of The Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole – Warner Bros. Pictures.

Writing in a Feature Production
Michael Arndt for Toy Story 3 – Disney / Pixar.
Sylvain Chomet for The Illusionist – Django Films.
* William Davies. Dean DeBlois. Chris Sanders for How to Train Your Dragon – DreamWorks Animation.
Dan Fogelman for Tangled – Disney.
Alan J. Schoolcraft. Brent Simons for Megamind – DreamWorks Animation.

Alice in Wonderland Cheshire Cat'Alice in Wonderland': Cheshire Cat in Tim Burton's blockbuster.

Best Character Design in an Animated Feature Production
Sylvain Chomet for The Illusionist – Django Films.
Carter Goodrich for Despicable Me – Illumination Entertainment.
Timothy Lamberson for Megamind – DreamWorks Animation.
* Nicolas Marlet for How to Train Your Dragon – DreamWorks Animation.

Character Animation in a Live Action Production
Quentin Miles – for Clash of the Titans.
* Ryan Page – for Alice in Wonderland.

Storyboarding in a Feature Production
Alessandro Carloni for How To Train Your Dragon – DreamWorks Animation.
Paul Fisher for Shrek Forever After – DreamWorks Animation.
* Tom Owens for How To Train Your Dragon – DreamWorks Animation.
Catherine Yuh Rader for Megamind – DreamWorks Animation.

Production Design in a Feature Production
Yarrow Cheney for Despicable Me – Illumination Entertainment.
Eric Guillon for Despicable Me – Illumination Entertainment.
Dan Hee Ryu for Legend Of The Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole – Warner Bros. Pictures.
* Pierre Olivier Vincent for How To Train Your Dragon – DreamWorks Animation.
Peter Zaslav for Shrek Forever After – DreamWorks Animation.

Music in a Feature Production
Sylvain Chomet for The Illusionist – Django Films.
David Hirschfelder for Legend of The Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole – Warner Bros. Pictures.
* John Powell for How to Train Your Dragon – DreamWorks Animation.
Harry Gregson Williams for Shrek Forever After – DreamWorks Animation.
Pharrell Williams. Heitor Pereira for Despicable Me – Illumination Entertainment.

Kung Fu Panda Holiday'Kung Fu Panda Holiday.'

TELEVISION

Best Animated Television Production
Futurama – The Curiosity Company in association with 20th Century Fox Television.
* Kung Fu Panda Holiday – DreamWorks Animation.
Scared Shrekless – DreamWorks Animation.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars "Arc Troopers" – Lucasfilm Animation, Ltd.
The Simpsons – Gracie Films.

Best Animated Television Production for Children
Adventure Time – Cartoon Network Studios.
Cloudbread – GIMC.
Fanboy & Chum Chum – Nickelodeon / Frederator.
Regular Show – Cartoon Network Studios.
* SpongeBob SquarePants – Nickelodeon.

Character Animation in a Television Production
Nicolas A. Chauvelot for Scared Shrekless – DreamWorks Animation.
Savelon Forrest for Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode III – ShadowMachine.
Elizabeth Havetine for Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode III – ShadowMachine.
* David Pate for Kung Fu Panda Holiday – DreamWorks Animation.
Nideep Varghese for Scared Shrekless – DreamWorks Animation.

Character Design in a Television Production
Andy Bialk for The Ricky Gervais Show – W!LDBRAIN Entertainment.
Stephan DeStefano for Sym-Bionic Titan – Cartoon Network.
* Ernie Gilbert for T.U.F.F. Puppy – Nickelodeon.
Gordon Hammond for T.U.F.F. Puppy – Nickelodeon.
Steve Lam for Fanboy & Chum Chum – Nickelodeon / Frederator.

Directing in a Television Production
Bob Anderson for The Simpsons – Gracie Films.
Peter Chung for Firebreather – Cartoon Network Studios.
Duke Johnson for Frankenhole: Humanitas – ShadowMachine.
* Tim Johnson for Kung Fu Panda Holiday – DreamWorks Animation.
Gary Trousdale for Scared Shrekless – DreamWorks Animation.

Music in a Television Production
J. Walter Hawkes for The Wonder Pets! – Nickelodeon Production. Little Airplane Productions.
Henry Jackman. Hans Zimmer. John Powell for Kung Fu Panda Holiday – DreamWorks Animation.
Tim Long. Alf Clausen. Bret McKenzie. Jemaine Clement for The Simpsons: Elementary School Musical – Gracie Films.
Shawn Patterson for Robot Chicken's DP Christmas Special – ShadowMachine.
* Jeremy Wakefield. Sage Guyton. Nick Carr. Tuck Tucker for SpongeBob SquarePants – Nickelodeon.

Production Design in a Television Production
Alan Bodner for Neighbors From Hell – 20th Century Fox Television.
Barry Jackson for Firebreather – Cartoon Network Studios.
Pete Oswald for Doubtsourcing – Badmash Animation Studios.
* Richie Sacilioc for Kung Fu Panda Holiday – DreamWorks Animation.
Scott Wills for Sym-Bionic Titan – Cartoon Network Studios.

Storyboarding in a Television Production
Sean Bishop for Scared Shrekless – DreamWorks Animation.
* Fred Gonzales for T.U.F.F. Puppy – Nickelodeon.
Tom Owens for Kung Fu Panda Holiday – DreamWorks Animation.
Dave Thomas for Fairly OddParents – Nickelodeon.

Voice Acting in a Television Production
Jeff Bennett as The Necronomicon for Fanboy & Chum Chum – Nickelodeon / Frederator.
Corey Burton as Baron Papanoida for Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Cartoon Network.
Nika Futterman as Asajj Ventress for Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Cartoon Network.
Mike Henry as Cleveland Brown for The Cleveland Show – Fox Television Animation.
* James Hong as Mr. Ping for Kung Fu Panda Holiday – DreamWorks Animation.

Writing in a Television Production
Daniel Arkin for Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Heroes on Both Sides – Lucasfilm Animation Ltd.
Jon Colton Barry. Piero Piluso for Phineas. Ferb: Nerds of a Feather – Disney Channel.
* Geoff Johns. Matthew Beans. Zeb Wells. Hugh Sterbakov. Matthew Senreich. Breckin Meyer. Seth Green. Mike Fasolo. Douglas Goldstein. Tom Root. Dan Milano. Kevin Shinick. Hugh Davidson for Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode III – ShadowMachine.
Billy Kimball. Ian Maxtone-Graham for The Simpsons: Stealing First Base – Gracie Films.
Michael Rowe for Futurama – The Curiosity Company in association with 20th Century Fox Television.

 

JURIED AWARDS

Winsor McCay Award
Brad Bird. Eric Goldberg. Matt Groening.

June Foray Award
Ross Iwamoto.

Ub Iwerks Award
Autodesk.

Special Achievement
Don Hahn's Waking Sleeping Beauty.

How to Train Your Dragon image: DreamWorks Animation / Paramount.

Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland Cheshire Cat image: Walt Disney Studios.

Kung Fu Panda Holiday image: DreamWorks Animation.

Image of Woody and Buzz Lightyear in Toy Story 3: Disney / Pixar.

Annie Awards official website.

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