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2010 Annie Awards nominees are announced

December 6, 2010 |  8:59 am


"How to Train Your Dragon," the DreamWorks Animation box office hit, took home an armload of nominations Monday morning from the International Animated Film Society ASIFA-Hollywood, including best feature. Other nominees in that top category for the 38th annual Annie Awards are "Despicable Me," "Tangled," "The Illusionist" and "Toy Story 3."

The Annie Awards also honor the best in TV productions, commercials and short subjects, as well as individual achievements in the field of animation.

In August though, Disney/Pixar withdrew from the organization after taking issue with the Annies'  judging process and no longer participates in the awards. Though Disney's current box office hit "Tangled" and the acclaimed blockbuster "Toy Story 3" did earn best picture nods, they picked up only a few additional nominations on Monday: Lee Unkrich was nominated for best director and Michael Arndt for writing for "Toy Story 3"; and Dan Fogelman earned a nod for writing "Tangled." 

"How to Train Your Dragon" earned the majority of the nominations. Besides best film, it also earned two nominations in the animated effects in an animated production category, three nominations in the character animation category, a nomination for character design,  two for storyboarding, two in voice acting, a nomination for production design, nominations for best direction for Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois, and a nomination for music and best writing for William Davies, Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders.  On the TV side, "'How to Train Your Dragon Winter Olympic Interstitial "Speed Skating" was nominated for best animated television commercial.

The traditionally hand-drawn "The Illusionist," from France's "The Triplets of Belleville" director Sylvain Chomet, also did well in the nominations. Besides best film, Chomet was nominated for best director, music, character design and writing. The film opens on Christmas.

Nominees for best animated television production are "Futurama," "Kung Fu Panda  Holiday," "Scared Shrekless," "Star Wars: The Clone Wars 'Arc Troopers'" and "The Simpsons."

Best animated television production for children nominations went to "Adventure Time," "Cloudbread," "Fanboy & Chum Chum," "Regular Show" and "Spongebob Squarepants."

Best animated video game nominees are "Heavy Rain," "Kirby's Epic Yarn," "Limbo" and "Shank."

Several special juried awards also will be handed out at the Annie Awards ceremony on Feb. 5 at UCLA's Royce Hall. Brad Bird, Eric Goldberg and Matt Groening will receive the Winsor McCay Award; Ross Iwamoto, the June Foray and Autodesk get the Ub Iwerks Award. The special achievement award went to the Disney documentary  "Waking Sleeping Beauty."

For a complete list of nominees go to

-- Susan King

Image: "How to Train Your Dragon." Credit: DreamWorks Animation