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Spirit Awards & Blue Dragon: Where's Oscar Season Favorite? + 'Mother' Surprise

Precious with Gabourey Sidibe Paula Patton. Dysfunctional family drama tops Spirit AwardsPrecious with Gabourey Sidibe and Paula Patton. The Spirit Awards' big winner – topping all of its five nominations – was Lee Daniels' dysfunctional family drama Precious, adapted by Geoffrey Fletcher from the novel Push by Sapphire. In the film, Gabourey Sidibe plays the illiterate Harlem adolescent Claireece “Precious” Jones, a rape victim – by her own father (Rodney 'Bear' Jackson) – who is systematically abused by her unemployed mother (Mo'Nique). Hope arises in the form of a new, caring teacher (Paula Patton). Precious' Spirit Awards were for the following: Best Feature, Best Director, Best First Screenplay, Best Actress (Gabourey Sidibe), and Best Supporting Actress (Mo'Nique). Initially titled Push, Precious had its title changed to avoid confusion with another 2009 release, Paul McGuigan's action thriller Push, starring Chris Evans, Dakota Fanning, and Camilla Belle.

Spirit Awards: Awards season fave left out of the running

The nominees for the 25th Spirit Awards have been announced. Two of the titles in the running for Best Picture also happen to be this year's most nominated films, with five nods apiece:

  • Lee Daniels' Harlem-set dysfunctional family drama Precious.
  • Michael Hoffman's The Last Station, a German-British co-production chronicling the last months in the life of Leo Tolstoy.

But how could a foreign production be shortlisted for the Spirit Awards? Well, the answer seems to be writer-director Hoffman, who was born in Hawaii.

In terms of surprises and/or unusual choices, there's quite a bit more.

For starters, where's Kathryn Bigelow's The Hurt Locker, winner of two Gotham Awards – Best Picture and Best Ensemble – and a likely Oscar contender?

Well, don't panic. The Iraq War drama was nominated last year in (a mere) two categories, Best Actor (Jeremy Renner) and Best Supporting Actor (Anthony Mackie). It was thus ineligible this year. (In addition to commercial runs, films screened at six U.S.-based film festivals are eligible for the Spirit Awards on any given year.).

Unserious Spirit Awards

Now, what is really weird is that at the Spirit Awards' March 5 ceremony, Joel and Ethan Coen's A Serious Man will be receiving the Robert Altman Award, which is akin to a Best Film prize as it honors a film's director(s) and cast.

Even so, A Serious Man is nowhere to be found among the Spirit Awards' five Best Feature nominees: (500) Days of Summer, Amreeka, The Last Station, Precious, and Sin Nombre. Nor is leading man Michael Stuhlbarg to be found among this year's Best Actor nominees. A tale of two juries, it seems. (One for the Robert Altman Award; one for the narrative film nominations.)

More glaring omissions: From Michael Moore to frequently bypassed James McAvoy

Below are several other glaring omissions in this year's Spirit Award nominations:

  • Michael Moore's documentary Capitalism: A Love Story.
  • Louie Psihoyos' dolphin slaughter documentary The Cove.
  • Ben Foster in the Best Actor category for Oren Moverman's The Messenger.
  • Zooey Deschanel in the Best Actress category for Marc Webb's (500) Days of Summer.
  • 2009 Stockholm Film Festival Best Actor winner Edgar Flores for Cary Fukunaga's Sin Nombre.
  • Actress Hiam Abbass and director Cherien Dabis, whose Amreeka is a Best Feature nominee. (Dabis did at least get a Best First Screenplay nomination).
  • Veteran Hal Holbrook (All the President's Men, Into the Wild) for Scott Teems' That Evening Sun. (Holbrook still has a chance to land a Best Actor Oscar nod).
  • Cinematographer Eduard Grau and Julianne Moore in the Best Supporting Actress category for Tom Ford's A Single Man. (Like Holbrook, Moore is a possible Oscar candidate).
  • James McAvoy for The Last Station. For whatever reason, this is the third time McAvoy has been bypassed during awards season in the U.S. – no matter how popular his films and/or fellow players. The two previous instances: The Last King of Scotland and Atonement.

And finally, Sebastián Silva's Chilean/Mexican comedy-drama The Maid, considered an American movie at the Gotham Awards, was apparently deemed unAmerican by Film Independent: it landed a Best Foreign Film nomination and that was that.

Yet rest assured that Catalina Saavedra will be heard from again this awards season.

Update: See below the full list of Spirit Award winners and nominees.

James McAvoy in The Last Station. Leo Tolstoy secretary Valentin Bulgakov absent from Spirit AwardsJames McAvoy in The Last Station. Set in 1910 in Leo Tolstoy's country estate of Yasnaya Polyana, writer-director Michael Hoffman's The Last Station, based on a novel by Jay Parini, features Glasgow-born Wanted actor James McAvoy as Tolstoy's secretary, Valentin Fedorovich Bulgakov, caught between two rival factions – Tolstoy disciple Vladimir Chertkov (Paul Giamatti) and fellow “Tolstoyans” vs. Tolstoy's family – as the author of War and Peace and Anna Karenina is about to expire. The apple of discord is Tolstoy's literary works, as both sides want to decide their fate following his death. Meanwhile, the handsome Bulgakov also finds time to romance one of the prettier Tolstoyans, the fictitious Masha (Kerry Condon). A German-British co-production, The Last Station was curiously shortlisted for five Spirit Awards, which are supposed to cover only U.S.-made indies. Just as curiously, James McAvoy has once again – following The Last King of Scotland and Atonement – been all but completely bypassed during another U.S. awards season, while his films and/or co-stars have received accolades/nominations; at the Spirit Awards, both Helen Mirren (Sofya Tolstoy) and Christopher Plummer (Leo himself) were shortlisted. Ultimately, The Last Station failed to win any Spirit Awards at a ceremony dominated by Lee Daniels' dysfunctional family drama Precious.

Spirit Awards: Winners & nominations

The 2010 Spirit Awards were held at LA Live in Los Angeles on March 5.

BEST FEATURE (Award given to the producer).
(500) Days of Summer – Producers: Mason Novick, Jessica Tuchinsky, Mark Waters, Steven J. Wolfe.
Amreeka – Producers: Paul Barkin, Christina Piovesan.
* Precious – Producers: Lee Daniels, Gary Magness, Sarah Siegel-Magness.
Sin Nombre – Producer: Amy Kaufman.
The Last Station – Producers: Bonnie Arnold, Chris Curling, Jens Meuer.

BEST FOREIGN FILM (Award given to the director).
A Prophet (France) – Director: Jacques Audiard.
* An Education (U.K./France) – Director: Lone Scherfig.
Everlasting Moments (Sweden) – Director: Jan Troell.
Mother (South Korea) – Director: Bong Joon-ho.
The Maid (Chile) – Director: Sebastián Silva.

Joel and Ethan Coen, A Serious Man.
* Lee Daniels, Precious.
Cary Joji Fukunaga, Sin Nombre.
James Gray, Two Lovers.
Michael Hoffman, The Last Station.

Maria Bello, Downloading Nancy.
Nisreen Faour, Amreeka.
Helen Mirren, The Last Station.
Gwyneth Paltrow, Two Lovers.
* Gabourey Sidibe, Precious.

* Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart.
Colin Firth, A Single Man.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, (500) Days of Summer.
Souléymane Sy Savané - Goodbye Solo.
Adam Scott, The Vicious Kind.

Dina Korzun, Cold Souls.
* Mo'Nique, Precious.
Samantha Morton, The Messenger.
Natalie Press, Fifty Dead Men Walking.
Mia Wasikowska, That Evening Sun.

Jemaine Clement, Gentlemen Broncos.
* Woody Harrelson, The Messenger.
Christian McKay, Me and Orson Welles.
Raymond McKinnon, That Evening Sun.
Christopher Plummer, The Last Station.

Alessandro Camon & Oren Moverman, The Messenger.
Michael Hoffman, The Last Station.
Lee Toland Krieger, The Vicious Kind.
Greg Mottola, Adventureland.
* Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber, (500) Days of Summer.

BEST FIRST FEATURE (Award given to the director & producer).

A Single Man – Director: Tom Ford.
Producers: Tom Ford, Andrew Miano, Robert Salerno, Chris Weitz.

* Crazy Heart - Director: Scott Cooper.
Producers: T Bone Burnett, Judy Cairo, Rob Carliner, Scott Cooper, Robert Duvall.

Easier with Practice – Director: Kyle Patrick Alvarez.
Producer: Cookie Carosella.

Paranormal Activity – Director: Oren Peli.
Producer: Jason Blum, Oren Peli.

The Messenger – Director: Oren Moverman.
Producers: Mark Gordon, Lawrence Inglee, Zach Miller.

Sophie Barthes, Cold Souls.
Scott Cooper, Crazy Heart.
Cherien Dabis, Amreeka.
* Geoffrey Fletcher, Precious.
Tom Ford & David Scearce, A Single Man.

* Roger Deakins, A Serious Man.
Adriano Goldman, Sin Nombre.
Anne Misawa, Treeless Mountain.
Andrij Parekh, Cold Souls.
Peter Zeitlinger, Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans.

BEST DOCUMENTARY (Award given to the director).
* Anvil! The Story of Anvil - Director: Sacha Gervasi.
Food, Inc. – Director: Robert Kenner.
More Than a Game – Director: Kristopher Belman.
October Country - Directors: Donal Mosher & Michael Palmieri.
Which Way Home – Director: Rebecca Cammisa.

JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD – Given to the best feature made for under $500,000. Award given to the writer, director, and producer.

Big Fan – Writer/Director: Robert Siegel.
Producers: Elan Bogarin, Jean Kouremetis.

* Humpday – Writer/Director/Producer: Lynn Shelton.

The New Year Parade – Writer/Director: Tom Quinn.
Producers: Steve Beal, Tom Quinn.

Treeless Mountain - Writer/Director: So Yong Kim.
Producers: Bradley Rust Gray, Ben Howe, So Yong Kim, Lars Knudsen, Jay Van Hoy.

Zero Bridge – Writer/Director: Tariq Tapa.
Producers: Josée Lajoie, Hilal Ahmed Langoo, Tariq Tapa.

* Kyle Patrick Alvarez, Easier with Practice.
Asiel Norton, Redland.
Tariq Tapa, Zero Bridge.

Natalia Almada, El General.
Jessica Oreck, Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo.
* Bill Ross & Turner Ross, 45365.

* Karin Chien, The Exploding Girl, Santa Mesa.
Larry Fessenden, I Sell the Dead, The House of the Devil.
Dia Sokol, Beeswax, Nights & Weekends.

ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD (Given to one film's director, casting director, and its ensemble cast).
A Serious Man.
Directors: Joel and Ethan Coen.
Casting Directors: Ellen Chenoweth, Rachel Tenner.
Ensemble Cast: Richard Kind, Sari Lennick, Jessica McManus, Fred Melamed, Michael Stuhlbarg, Aaron Wolff.

Mother with Kim Hye-ja. Blue Dragon Awards top film but surprising Best Actress and Best Director loserMother with Kim Hye-ja. The Blue Dragon Film Awards' Best Korean Film (and Best Foreign Film Spirit Award nominee), Bong Joon-ho's Mother strangely ended up taking home only two other statuettes: Best Supporting Actor (Jin Ku) and Best Lighting. Veteran television star Kim Hye-ja lost the Best Actress Blue Dragon to Ha Ji-won for Park Jin-pyo's drama Closer to Heaven; the Best Director was Kim Yong-hwa for Take Off, while Possessed, written by Lee Yong-ju, topped the Best Screenplay category. In Mother, Kim Hye-ja plays the titular character: a woman fiercely determined to prove the innocence of her mentally handicapped son (Won Bin) after he's accused of murder. Update: Kim Hye-ja was the surprise Best Actress winner at the 2010 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards.

'Mother' is Blue Dragon Awards' top film – but takes home only three statuettes

Directed by Bong Joon-ho, Mother, South Korea's submission for the 2010 Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award, won the top prize at the 2009 Blue Dragon Awards ceremony held on Dec. 2 at KBS Hall in Seoul. (See further below the full list of Blue Dragon Award winners and nominations.)

Despite its important victory, Mother strangely failed to take home many more trophies. The tale of a middle-aged woman (Kim Hye-ja) fighting to clear the name of her son (Won Bin), who has been accused of murder, Mother won only two other awards: Best Supporting Actor (Jin Ku) and Best Lighting (which is not quite the same thing as Best Cinematography, as it has its own category).

The Blue Dragon Awards' Best Director was Kim Yong-hwa for Take Off, an action film about Korea's national ski jumping team. In the Best Screenplay category, Mother (Bong Joon-ho & Park Eun-kyo) lost out to Possessed (Lee Yong-ju).

Ha Ji-won is surprising Best Actress

Surprisingly – at least from an outsider's perspective – Kim Hye-ja lost the Best Actress Blue Dragon to Ha Ji-won for Park Jin-pyo's Closer to Heaven, the story of a funeral director (Ha) whose husband – Best Actor winner Kim Myung-min – is battling amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

Actress Jang Jin-young, among whose credits are Over the Rainbow, Scent of Chrysanthemums, and Between Love and Hate, and who died of stomach cancer at age 35 last September, was the recipient of a special posthumous award.

Below is the full list of Blue Dragon Award winners and nominees. Further below is the list of winners at the 2009 Asian Festival of 1st Films, held from Nov. 28–Dec. 4 in Singapore.

The top film was Takako Miyahira's Looking for Anne, the story of a young woman looking for the wartime lover of her grandmother on Canada's Prince Edward Island, the setting of Lucy Maud Montgomery's Anne of the Green Gables.

Blue Dragon Awards: Winners & nominations

Some of the nominees below are listed in the “Western” style: first name followed by family name.

Best Film
Take Off – Kim Yong-hwa.
Good Morning President – Jang Jin.
* Mother – Bong Joon-ho.
Thirst – Park Chan-wook.
Haeundae – Yun Je-gyun.

Best Director
* Kim Yong-hwa, Take Off.
Jang Jin, Good Morning President.
Bong Joon-ho, Mother.
Park Chan-wook, Thirst.
Yun Je-gyun, Haeundae.

Best Actor
* Kim Myung-min, Closer to Heaven.
Kim Yun-seok, Running Turtle.
Song Kang-ho, Thirst.
Jang Dong-Kun, Good Morning President.
Ha Jung-woo, Take Off.

Best Actress
Kim Ok-bin, Thirst.
Kim Ha-Neul, My Girlfriend Is an Agent.
Kim Hye-ja, Mother.
Choi Kang-hee, Aeja.
* Ha Ji-won, Closer to Heaven.

Best Supporting Actor
In-kwon Kim, Haeundae.
Dong-il Song, Take Off.
Ha-kyun Shin, Thirst.
Min-ki Lee, Haeundae.
* Jin Ku, Mother.

Best Supporting Actress
Bo-yeon Kim, Possessed.
Yeong-ae Kim, Aeja.
* Hae-suk Kim, Thirst.
Yeong-nam Jang, My Girlfriend Is an Agent.
Ja-Hyeon Chu, Portrait of a Beauty.

Best New Director
* Hyeong-cheol Kang, Scandal Makers.
Keon-hong Park, Lifting King Kong.
Ik-jun Yang, Breathless.
Yong-ju Lee, Possessed.
Ki-hun Jeong, Aeja.

Best New Actor
Mu-yeol Kim, The Scam.
Ji-seok Kim, Take Off.
Chang-ui Song, Once Upon a Time in Seoul.
* Ik-jun Yang, Breathless.
Jae-woong Choi, The Sword with No Name.

Best New Actress (tie)
Hye-won Kang, Haeundae.
* Kot-bi Kim, Breathless.
* Bo-yeong Park, Scandal Makers.
Woo-seon Seon, Running Turtle.
Yeon-seo Oh, A Blood Pledge.

Best Screenplay
Kim Yong-hwa, Take Off.
Park Eun-kyo & Bong Joon-ho, Mother.
* Lee Yong-ju, Possessed.
Lee Hae-jun, Castaway on the Moon.
Jeong Ki-hun, Aeja.

Best Cinematography
Yeong-ho Kim, Haeundae.
* Hyeon-cheol Park, Take Off.
Jeong-hoon Jeong, Thirst.
Hyeon-ki Choi, A Frozen Flower.
Kyeong-pyo Hong, Mother.

Best Lighting
Song-kyu Kim, Portrait of a Beauty.
Hyeon-won Park, Thirst.
Ji-won Yun, A Frozen Flower.
Seol-hwan Lee, Take Off.
* Cheol-su Choi, Dong-sun Park, Mother.

Best Music
Jun-seok Kim, Scandal Makers.
Ki-heon Park, Closer to Heaven.
Byeong-woo Lee, Mother.
Jae-hak Lee, Take Off.
* Yeong-ok Jo, Thirst.

Best Art Direction
Ki-cheol Kim, A Frozen Flower.
Eon-ok Min, The Sword with No Name.
Seong-hee Ryu, Thirst.
Ha-jun Lee, Portrait of a Beauty.
* Hwa-seong Jo, Hyeon-seok Choi, Private Eye.

Technical Award
A Frozen Flower – Costume.
Private Eye – Make-up.
Take Off.
* Haeundae – Special Effects.
Chaw – Special Effects.

Best Short Film.
* Gookyeong.

Honored Popularity Award
Lee Byung-heon, Ha Jung-woo, Ha Ji-won, Choi Kang-hee.

Special Award
Jang Jin-young.


Asian Festival of 1st Films Awards

Best Film: Looking for Anne.

Best Director: Takako Miyahira, Looking for Anne.

Best Male Actor: Sriharsh Sharma Churai, For Real.

Best Female Actor: Zoya S. Hasan, For Real.

Best Screenplay (tie): For Real, Sona Jain; Land Gold Woman, Avantika Hari.

Best Producer: Sona Jain, For Real.

Best Cinematographer / Editor: Shweta Venkat, Superman of Malegaon.

Best Documentary: Superman of Malegaon.

Best Director of Documentary (tie): Addicted in Afghanistan, Jawed Taiman; Superman of Malegaon, Faiza Ahmad Khan.

Best Short Film: Vitthal, dir: Vinoo Choliparambil.

Foreign Correspondents Orchid Award: Land Gold Woman, Avantika Hari & Vivek Agrawal.

Coraline: 3 Annie Awards' to Henry Selick dark fantasy but Pixar release was Best Animated FeatureCoraline won three Annie Awards this year, tying with the Walt Disney Studios' The Princess and the Frog. Yet the Annies' Best Animated Feature was Pixar/Disney's blockbuster Up, which also won top honors for its director, Pete Docter. Distributed by Focus Features in the U.S., writer-director Henry Selick's 3D stop-motion dark fantasy Coraline follows a little girl (voiced by Dakota Fanning) who, guided by a doll and a rat, discovers behind a secret door in her new home a Nirvana-like parallel world filled with doppelgängers; but things are not what quite they seem. Also in the Coraline voice cast: Teri Hatcher, Jennifer Saunders, Dawn French, John Hodgman, and Ian McShane (as Mr. Bobinsky, pictured). Coraline is based on Neil Gaiman's 2002 novel.

Annie Awards: 'Coraline' – instead of Pixar fave 'Up' – leads the pack

Phil Lord and Chris Miller's Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Henry Selick's Coraline, Wes Anderson's Fantastic Mr. Fox, Ron Clements and John Musker's The Princess and the Frog, Tomm Moore's The Secret of Kells, and Pete Docter's Up are the six Best Animated Feature nominees for the International Animated Film Society's 2010 Annie Awards. The winner will be announced on Feb. 6 at UCLA's Royce Hall in Los Angeles.

Four of the above films have also been shortlisted in the Best Director category; Tomm Moore and the duo Ron Clements & John Musker were replaced by one man: Japanese master Hayao Miyazaki, for Ponyo.

Somewhat surprisingly, Focus Features' Coraline leads the pack with ten nods. Pixar/Disney's Up, one of the year's biggest box office hits, came in second place with nine.

All six Best Animated Feature Annie Award nominees are also semifinalists for the 2010 Academy Award in that category, while The Secret of Kells is up for a European Film Award.

Additionally, among the notable nominees in the voice acting categories are Dawn French (Coraline), John Leguizamo (Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs), and Hugh Laurie (Monsters vs. Aliens).

Tim Burton and Jeffrey Katzenberg are among those receiving career awards.

Annie Award winners: 'Up' on top

Feb. 7 '10 update: Pete Docter's blockbuster Up was chosen Best Animated Feature and Docter was Best Director at the 2010 Annie Awards.

The Pixar/Disney release and all-around fave this awards season did collect the top two Annie statuettes – but that was it. With three wins each, Focus Features' Coraline and the Walt Disney Studios' The Princess and the Frog were the 2010 Annies' champions.

Yet Up's Best Animated Feature victory at least avoided a repeat of last year's outrage following the Kung Fu Panda (DreamWorks Animation) sweep when Andrew Stanton's WALL-E (Pixar/Disney) was the odds-on favorite.

Up is this year's odds-on favorite for the Best Animated Feature Academy Award. It's also – thanks to the category's recent “expansion” – the second ever animated feature to be nominated for a Best Picture Oscar. The Walt Disney Studios' Beauty and the Beast was the first, eighteen years ago.

See below a partial list (the feature film section is complete) of this year's Annie Award winners and nominees.

Update: See “Annie Awards: DreamWorks Animation vs. Pixar-Disney.”

Annie Awards: Winners and nominations

Production Categories

Best Animated Feature
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.
Fantastic Mr. Fox.
The Princess and the Frog.
The Secret of Kells.
* Up.

Best Home Entertainment Production
Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas.
* Futurama: Into the Wild Green Yonder.
Green Latern: First Flight.
Open Season 2.
SpongeBob vs. The Big One.

Best Animated Short Subject
Pups of Liberty.
* Robot Chicken: Star Wars 2.5.
Santa, The Fascist Years
The Rooster, The Crocodile and The Night Sky.
The Story of Walls.

Best Animated Television Production
Glenn Martin, DDS.
Merry Madagascar.
* Prep & Landing.
The Simpsons.


Individual Achievement Categories

Animated Effects
Scott Cegielski – Monsters vs. Aliens.
Alexander Feigin – 9.
Eric Froemling – Up.
Tom Kluyskens – Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.
* James Mansfield – The Princess and the Frog.

Character Animation in a Television Production
Mark Donald – B.O.B.'s Big Break.
Mark Mitchell – Prep & Landing.
Kevan Shorey – Merry Madagascar.
Tony Smeed – Prep & Landing.
* Phillip To – Monsters vs. Aliens: Mutant Pumpkins from Outer Space.

Character Animation in a Feature Production
Andreas Deja – The Princess and the Frog.
* Eric Goldberg – The Princess and the Frog.
Travis Knight – Coraline.
Daniel Nguyen – Up.
Bruce Smith – The Princess and the Frog.

Character Design in a Feature Production
Daniel Lopez Munoz – Up.
* Shane Prigmore – Coraline.
Shannon Tindle – Coraline.

Directing in a Television Production
Pam Cooke, Jansen Yee – American Dad: Brains, Brains & Automobiles.
Rob Fendler – Popzilla.
John Infantino, J.G. Quintel – The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack: Candy Casanova.
* Bret Haaland – The Penguins of Madagascar.
Jennifer Oxley – The Wonder Pets: Help the Monster.

Directing in a Feature Production
Wes Anderson – Fantastic Mr. Fox.
* Pete Docter – Up.
Christopher Miller, Phil Lord – Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.
Hayao Miyazaki – Ponyo.
Henry Selick – Coraline.

Music in a Television Production
Michael Giacchino – Prep & Landing.
Kevin Kiner – Star Wars: The Clone Wars Weapons Factory.
* Guy Moon – The Fairly OddParents: Wishology - The Big Beginning.

Music in a Feature Production
* Bruno Coulais – Coraline.
Michael Giacchino – Up.
Joe Hisaishi – Ponyo.
John Powell – Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs.

Production Design in a Feature Production
Christopher Appelhans – Coraline.
Ian Gooding – The Princess and the Frog.
* Tadahiro Uesugi – Coraline.
Christophe Vacher – 9.

Storyboarding in a Television Production
Sunil Hall – The Mighty B!: Catatonic.
Brandon Kruse – The Fairly OddParents: Fly Boy.
* Robert Koo – Merry Madagascar.
Joe Mateo – Prep & Landing.
Adam Van Wyk – The Spectacular Spider-Man: Final Curtain.

Storyboarding in a Feature Production
Sharon Bridgeman – Astro Boy.
Chris Butler – Coraline.
Ronnie Del Carmen – Up.
* Tom Owens – Monsters vs. Aliens.
Peter Sohn – Up.

Voice Acting in a Television Production
Danny Jacobs – Voice of King Julien – Merry Madagascar.
Nicky Jones – Voice of Chowder – Chowder: The Dinner Theatre.
* Tom Kenny – Voice of SpongeBob – SpongeBob SquarePants: Truth or Square.
Dwight Schultz – Voice of Mung Daal – Chowder:The Party Cruise.
Willow Smith – Voice of Abby – Merry Madagascar.

Voice Acting in a Feature Production
* Jennifer Cody – Voice of Charlotte – The Princess and the Frog.
Dawn French – Voice of Miss Forcible – Coraline.
Hugh Laurie – Voice of Dr. Cockroach Ph.D. – Monsters vs. Aliens.
John Leguizamo – Voice of Sid – Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaur.
Jenifer Lewis – Voice of Mama Odie – The Princess and the Frog.

Writing in a Television Production
* Daniel Chun – The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror XX.
Kevin Deters, Stevie Wermers-Skelton – Prep & Landing.
Valentina L. Garza – The Simpsons: Four Great Women and a Manicure.
Billy Kimball and Ian Maxtone-Graham – The Simpsons: Gone Maggie Gone.
Billy Lopez – The Wonder Pets – Save the Honey Bears.

Writing in a Feature Production
* Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach – Fantastic Mr. Fox.
Pete Docter, Bob Peterson, Tom McCarthyUp.
Timothy Hyde Harris and David Bowers – Astro Boy.
Christopher Miller and Phil Lord – Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.


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.


Spirit Awards website.

Annie Awards website.

Image of Gabourey Sidibe and Paula Patton in Spirit Award winner Precious: Lionsgate Films.

Image of James McAvoy in multiple Spirit Awards nominee The Last Station: Sony Pictures Classics.

Image of Kim Hye-ja in Blue Dragon Award winner Mother: CJ Entertainment.

Coraline image: Focus Features.

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