‘Dragon’ dominates Annie Award nominations

Posted by · 8:52 am · December 6th, 2010

It was cute of the Annies to throw “Tangled” and “Toy Story 3” a bone in the Best Animated Feature, directing and screenplay categories this year, but the absence of Disney product in virtually every other field is clearly evidence of a reaction to the studio withdrawing from the organization earlier this summer. Credibility: out the window.

As best as I can tell, “How to Train Your Dragon” led the way considerably with 15 nominations.  And I think we can pretty well expect the film to triumph in quite a few of them, including Best Animated Feature, when the awards are handed out February 5.

A distant second with seven total bids was Universal’s “Despicable Me,” but fret not, DreamWorks was right back in there at third with six nods for “Shrek Forever After.”

Sylvain Chomet’s “The Illusionist” and DreamWorks’ “Megamind” each won five nominations, while the Zack Snyder-directed “Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole” brought down a lowly four.

The Best Animated Feature field does little to clear up which three films will represent the form with Oscar, as the five frontrunners — “Despicable Me,” “How to Train Your Dragon,” “The Illusionist,” “Tangled” and “Toy Story 3” — were all cited.

But mostly it’s a DreamWorks party with this organization yet again, as expected.  If you don’t like it, hey, join the Annies!  Just about anyone can walk in off the street and become a member, after all.  Check out the full slate of nominees at The Circuit.

[Photo: DreamWorks Animation]

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  • 1 12-06-2010 at 9:01 am

    Hans said...

    Considering your immense love of TS3, I thought you’d be a little more incensed. Good showing of graceful restraint, Tapley.

  • 2 12-06-2010 at 9:02 am

    Hans said...

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  • 3 12-06-2010 at 9:08 am

    Graysmith said...

    Frankly, I don’t think these deserve to even get their own post. Add them to The Circuit, fine, for record-keeping. Link to it in the daily round-up. But they aren’t worthy of a post, these are the Dreamworks Animation Awards, bought and paid for in such a spectacularly disgusting fashion that make even the Golden Globes look like Mother Teresa by comparison.

  • 4 12-06-2010 at 9:20 am

    forts said...

    I would have thought that Dreamworks would want to buy more nominations for Megamind than Shrek 4 since it’s still in theaters… It really is a shame that there’s no credible award presentation for animation anymore

  • 5 12-06-2010 at 9:23 am

    Maxim said...

    Ah please, Gray. Give me a break. For for all the supposed accusations of being rigged by DreamWorks, Annies sure have a strange history of Awarding Pixar products, don’t you think?

    And I personally think that too much was made out of “Kung Fu Panda’s” win and I say that as someone who think “Wall-E” is by far the best Pixar film. These kinds of upsets happen quite often and certainly don’t seem to affect the credibility of Oscars or BAFTAs.

    And you know what else too? Most anyone will and should agree that Dragon’s technical aspects were as good if not superior to “Toy Story’s”. Starting with animation and ending with sound design. The nominations should reflect that.

    I am certianly not blind to disproportionate membership of the organizations. It is a concern and big one at that. I just wish Disney found a better way to resolve other than walking away from it in a rather sad displey of unsportmanship It’s not like Disney doesn’t have a history of cutthroat behavior to awards related things either.

    There is a problem with Annies but I wouldn’t not start equating it with the likes of Hollywood Awards just yet.

  • 6 12-06-2010 at 9:23 am

    cineJAB said...

    this is a joke. The only award show that should even mention Shrek 4 Forever After The Final Chapter is the Razzies.

  • 7 12-06-2010 at 9:24 am

    JJ1 said...

    For me, TS3 and HTTYD are far out in the lead. Haven’t seen The Illusionist. I found Tangled to be good-ish. And didn’t care for Despicable Me all that much. I just hope the 2 former are in.

  • 8 12-06-2010 at 9:25 am

    Maxim said...

    Still found less to dislike in Shrek 4 than Toy Story 3. In fact, I bet cineJAB hasn’t even seen the film.

  • 9 12-06-2010 at 9:30 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Maxim: They rightly asked for changes in the process. They tried. What more to do?

  • 10 12-06-2010 at 9:31 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    “Still found less to dislike in Shrek 4 than Toy Story 3. In fact, I bet cineJAB hasn’t even seen the film.”

    All respect to subjective opinion, that’s just nonsense.

    And I actually liked Shrek Forever After more than most.

  • 11 12-06-2010 at 10:17 am

    Graysmith said...

    Oh Maxim, you crack me up.

  • 12 12-06-2010 at 10:25 am

    Leon said...

    DWA can have their fun at the Annies, because they won’t need time to think about acceptance speeches on the other award shows anyway.

  • 13 12-06-2010 at 12:48 pm

    Fitz said...

    What utter shite. At least pretend to not be biased.

  • 14 12-06-2010 at 2:01 pm

    matsunaga said...

    I also liked Shrek Forever After… Though not as good as the 1st Shrek…

    And I enjoy Kung Fu Panda more than Wall-E… Though Wall-E has more substance…

    But I think, last year, Coraline deserved it’s recognitions from this award giving body… I just hope they nominated more of Toy Story 3 and Tangled more despite their rift with Disney… Oh well, How to Train Your Dragon is not bad to win the top prize…

  • 15 12-06-2010 at 6:26 pm

    Angry Shark said...

    How to Train Your Dragon is better than Toy Story 3. Toy Story 3 is profoundly effective at getting me to cry, but where it really counts, HTTYD is a far more interesting and philosophically positive film.
    Still pissed at the Annies for hating on WALL-E, but this wasn’t a bad call at all.

  • 16 12-06-2010 at 6:38 pm

    Trent said...

    Wall-E and Toy Story will continue to be brought up in film discussions years and years from now, which is something I don’t see happening with Kung Fu Panda and even HTTYD. And I say that as someone who thoroughly enjoyed those 2 DWA fare.

  • 17 12-07-2010 at 8:23 am

    Maxim said...

    “All respect to subjective opinion, that’s just nonsense.”

    You don’t even understand what I am trying to say here, Tapley. I didn’t say Shrek 4 was better than Toy Story 3, but merely stated the fact that I personally found fewer things to actively dislike in that film.

    There is a difference between films that are mediocre and those that press the wrong buttons. I tend to react more strongly to the latter. I am sure that if you think about it you’ll find instances where you’ve felt this way about otherwise acclaimed films.

    In case it isn’t clear, Toy Story 3 left a sour taste in me. I was game for it and really enjoyed certain parts of it. Then it lost me. I felt that it became manipulative and artificial. And that affected my opinion of it. I know it’s an unpopular opinion but I’ve had it from the beginning.

    And I felt that for fairness sake someone needed to point out that for all the cries of bias, Disney and Pixar had historically done very well at Annies and there is nothing laughable about their films being nominated at the top categories this year despite not even being submitted(!).

    I have a theory that Pixar and Rich Ross do not really have a problem with Annies as such. Their exit was far too dramatic. I think it is probable that it is part of the bigger strategy of downplaying any and all awards that are concentrated strictly on animation in order to increase their chances in the big categories, namely best picture at the Oscars. They made it clear, repeatedly, that those other types of awards while “nice” are beneath them.
    And by shaming Annies they are not just putting down the most prominent givers of awards in field that treats animation as different from other forms of film but all of the other animation players as well.

    And by the reactions above, I think they are succeeding. Even if you disagree from my take, which I really deserves a longer elaboration to make explain where I am coming from, you probably can’t say that his whole deal did not come at the expense of DWA.

  • 18 12-07-2010 at 8:33 am

    Maxim said...

    For the record, I do think that “Wall-E” was a great film that deserved to be nominated for all of the top prizes at the Oscars.

    Coraline, on the other hand, left me cold. Like a bad Terry Gilliam film, I just found that it tried a great many things to impress but was ultimately pointless.

  • 19 12-07-2010 at 7:28 pm

    tintin(uruguay) said...

    Wall-E was the best picture of the year.
    And, of course, TS3 is better than HTTYD.

  • 20 2-06-2011 at 9:23 pm

    Joe said...

    “And I personally think that too much was made out of “Kung Fu Panda’s” win and I say that as someone who think “Wall-E” is by far the best ”

    It wasn’t just that KFP won. But when it wins every award, shutting out a far superior film in every category, then you can say without doubt that the entire process was rigged. Dreamworks buys all of it’s employees voting memberships and tells them to vote the party line. You know they do. So considering that, it’s easy to say it’s rigged.

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