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Nominations for Annie Awards

Eight animated films, including my favorite of the year, Brave, (Disney-Pixar) will compete for Animated Film of the Year at the 40th annual Annie Awards. The other nominees: Frankenweenie, Wreck-It Ralph (both Disney-Pixar) Sony's Hotel Transylvania, Focus Features' ParaNorman, DreamWorks Animation's Rise of the Guardians, Aardman's The Pirates! Band of Misfits, and GKids' The Rabbi's Cat.

That is an incredibly strong field.  ASIFA-Hollywood president Frank Gladstone said “I'm very excited by this year's slate of nominees," and that there were more submissions this year than ever before.

I confess that I knew nothing about the last flick on the list until today. Apparently it’s based on a very popular series of French comic-books. The trailer is utterly charming:

The Annie winner doesn't always go on to win the Academy Award for animated feature. They mirrored each other from the time the Acad added the category in 2001 until 2006, when Happy Feet won the Oscar after Cars won the Annie. The Oscars have mirrored the Annies every other year since, including last year's winner Rango.

The field for animated pics was been incredibly full this year, with 21 making the Academy's Oscar-eligible list, assuring five nominees in the category this year. (Good!)

Dreamworks’ "Dragons: Riders of Berk" (a spin-off of their hugely popular How to Train Your Dragon) led the TV nominations with 10.

The Annie Awards will be held Saturday, Feb. 2, at UCLA'S Royce Hall.

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