'How to Train Your Dragon' sweeps animation awards
Though "Toy Story 3" was nominated for best animated feature, the favorite to win the animation Oscar wasn't expected to win at the Annies because Disney and Pixar had dropped out of the International Animation Film Society-Hollywood, which sponsors the awards, last summer due to a dispute over voting procedures. Even so, Pixar's "Day & Night" did win best animated short, though filmmaker Teddy Newton was not on hand at the ceremony at UCLA's Royce Hall to pick up the award.
Among the other winners:
Best animated television production: "Kung Fu Panda Holiday"
Best animated television production for children: "SpongeBob SquarePants"
Character animation in a TV production: David Pate for "Kung Fu Panda Holiday"
Character animation in a feature production: Gabe Hordos: "How to Train Your Dragon"
Character animation in a live-action production: Ryan Page, "Alice in Wonderland"
Directing in a TV production: Tim Johnson, "Kung Fu Panda Holiday"
Directing in a feature production: Chris Sanders, Dean DeBlois, "How to Train Your Dragon"
Music in a feature production: John Powell, "How to Train Your Dragon"
The Windsor McCay Award went to Brad Bird, Eric Goldberg and Matt Groening.
For a complete list of winners go to www.annieawards.org.
-- Susan King
Photo: A scene from "How to Train Your Dragon." Credit: Paramount Pictures