Monday, December 1, 2008

Annie Award Nominees - Kung Fu Panda Leads

The Animated Film Awards are usually pretty good indicators of how Oscar will eventually go (aside from 2006; Happy Feet ultimately beat Cars). What genuinely surprises me here is that Kung Fu Panda has 17 nods compared to Wall-E's 8. Really? Oh well.

Best Animated Feature

Bolt
Kung Fu Panda
$9.99
Wall-E
Waltz With Bashir

Animated Effects

Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who!
Kung Fu Panda
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
Bolt
Wall-E

Character Animation

James Baxter, Kung Fu Panda
Philippe Le Brun, Kung Fu Panda
Dan Wagner, Kung Fu Panda
Jeff Gabor, Horton Hears a Who
Victor Navone, Wall-E

Character Design

Valerie Hadida, Igor
Sang Jun Lee, Horton Hears a Who
Nico Mariet, Kung Fu Panda

Directing

Sam Fell, Rob Stevenhagen, The Tale of Despereaux
Ari Folman, Waltz With Bashir
Tatia Rosenthal, $9.99
John Stevenson and Mark Osborne, Kung Fu Panda
Andrew Stanton, Wall-E

Music

Kevin Manthei, Batman: Gotham Knight
John Powell, Horton Hears a Who
Max Ritcher, Waltz With Bashir
William Ross, The Tale of Despereaux
Hans Zimmer and John Powell, Kung Fu Panda

(No Wall-E = CRIME)

Production Design

Ralph Eggleston, Wall-E
Paul Felix, Bolt
Tang Heng, Kung Fu Panda
Evgeni Tomov, The Tale of Desperaux
Raymond Zibach, Kung Fu Panda

Storyboarding

Alessandro Carloni, Kung Fu Panda
Ronnie Del Carmen, Wall-E
Joe Mateo, Bolt
Jen Yuh Nelson, Kung Fu Panda
Rob Stevenhagen, The Tale of Despereaux

Voice Acting

Ben Burtt, Wall-E
Dustin Hoffman, Kung Fu Panda
James Hong, Kung Fu Panda
Ian McShane, Kung Fu Panda
Mark Walton, Bolt

Writing

Jon Aibel and Glenn Berg, Kung Fu Panda
Etan Cohen, Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
Ari Folman, Waltz With Bashir
Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio, Horton Hears a Who

(Not Wall-E? WTF?!)



I will say this much: The only time a Pixar movie LOST the Oscar for Best Animated Feature was Cars' loss to Happy Feet in 06.  Keep in mind, Cars is generally regarded as Pixar's weakest film.  Wall-E is, if I'm not mistaken, currently the best reviewed film of the year (yes, more than Dark Knight, Man on Wire, Slumdog Millionaire, and Milk).  Kung Fu Panda still made great box office and the critics mostly liked it (some frickin loved it).  Maybe for the second time we'll actually have a race in Best Animated Feature

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