40th Annual Annie Awards Today February 2, 2013

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by Gabrielle Pantera

Hollywood CA, (Gosh!TV) 2013/2/2 – “I’m very exited about this year’s slate of nominees,” says ASIFA-Hollywood president, Frank Gladstone. “We had more submissions to choose from this year than for any prior year in Annie Award history, running the gamut from big studio features to indie films, television series to internet shows, games, shorts and, for the first time, student films, all showcasing the huge variety of venues, creativity, technical innovation, and story-telling that our art form has to offer.”

The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood, nominees for the 40th Annual Annie Awards are:

Best Animated Features this year includes:
Brave (Pixar Animation Studios)
Frankenweenie (The Walt Disney Studio)
Hotel Transylvania (Sony Animation Studios)
ParaNorman (Focus Features)
Rise of the Guardians (DreamWorks Animation)
The Pirates! Band of Misfits (Aardman Animations)
The Rabbi’s Cat (GKIDS),                                                                              Wreck-It Ralph (Walt Disney Animation Studios).

Winners will be announced at the 40th Annual Annie Awards ceremony on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at UCLA’s Royce Hall, in Los Angeles, CA.

The Annie Awards black-tie ceremony will feature a lively mix of animation luminaries, celebrity presenters and comedic talent to celebrate the animation industry’s best of the best. The awards ceremony starts at 7:00 pm. A post-show celebration immediately follows the ceremony.

Three Winsor McCay recipients have been selected by the ASIFA-Hollywood Board of Directors – Oscar Grillo, Terry Gilliam and Mark Henn are being honored for their career contributions to the art of animation. The June Foray Award goes to Howard Green for his significant and benevolent or charitable impact on the art and industry of animation; and Ub Iwerks from Toon Boom Animation/Toon Boom Animation Pipeline for technical advancements that make a significant impact on the art or industry of animation.

ASIFA-Hollywood is dedicated to promoting the art of animation and celebrating the people who create it. ASIFA-Hollywood is the largest chapter of the international organization ASIFA, supports a range of animation activities and preservation efforts through its membership. Current initiatives include the animation archive, animation film preservation, special events, classes and screenings.

Created in 1972 by veteran voice talent June Foray, the Annie Awards have grown in scope and stature for four decades.

For a complete list of Annie Award nominations, ticket and event information, please visit www.annieawards.org.

For information on ASIFA-Hollywood, please visit www.asifa-hollywood.org.

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