Monday, February 8, 2016

43rd Annie Awards Wrap-up

Well, the 43rd Annie Awards ceremony was tonight. Some random thoughts I had during the ceremony:

  • Very sad to see "Kahlil Gibran's the Prophet" get passed over, but at least it got some nominations. 

  • Don Hertzfeldt got some well deserved recognition... and he wasn't there to accept the award.

  • Isao Takahata wins the Winsor McCay award. Doesn't make it to the ceremony but sends a really classy acceptance speech that devotes serious time acknowledging how animation is a collaborative effort and thanking those who work with him on his films.

  • Phil Roman also wins the Winsor McCay award. I really hope ASIFA Hollywood recorded his speech for the archives. A lot of great history there.

  • Was nice to see the NFB shorts "If I was God..." by Cordell Barker and Claude Cloutier's "Carface" get nominated.

  • Huh. So that's what the voice of Spongebob looks like...

  • Felt that "Shaun the Sheep" and "Boy & the World" should have done far, far better than they did.

  • "Bob's Burgers" got some serious love tonight.

  • Was nice to see some anime features represented, but there needed to be more...

  • ASIFA Hollywood added a 'Best Animated Feature ~Independent~' category. Glad to see some of these features get some real recognition--it is long overdue. Hope this doesn't prevent future "independent" features from going toe-to-toe for the 'Best Animated Feature' category. Have seen so many animated features in the past few years that are just as good, if not better, than those that are being produced by the big studios.

  • I wonder why people feel the need to add the word 'fuck' into their speeches?
ASIFA Hollywood President Jerry Beck's website "Animation Scoop" has a very nice summary of the awards ceremony along with the complete list of winners. You can view it here.

Congratulations to all the award nominees and winners.