Nominations for the 2023 Annie Awards announced today – celebrating animation in all forms

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After two years of virtual awards due to the global pandemic, the Annie Awards that recognize the year’s best in the field of animation return to an in person awards ceremony on February 25th at UCLA’s Royce Hall. With the award season in full swing nominations for the Annie Awards were announced today.

Disney/Pixar got a few nominations including some for Turning Red, Lightyear, and more. Netflix picked up quite a few nominations for some of their releases including Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio, The Sea Beast, and Wendell & Wild, and more. DreamWorks Animation’s group wasn’t shut out as they got nominations for Puss in Boots: The Last Wish.

There are 32 different categories (see the full list here) so we will highlight a few of them.

Best Feature

Disney and Pixar’s Turning Red Pixar Animation Studios

Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio Netflix Presents A Double Dare You! Film / A Shadowmachine Production in association with The Jim Henson Company

Puss in Boots: The Last Wish DreamWorks Animation

The Sea Beast Netflix

Wendell & Wild Netflix Presents A Monkeypaw Production / A Gotham Group Production

Best Indie Feature

Charlotte January Films, Ltd., Balthazar Productions, and Walking the Dog

Inu-Oh Science SARU

Little Nicholas, Happy As Can Be On Classics (Mediawan) / Bidibul Productions

Marcel the Shell with Shoes On Marcel the Movie LLC

My Father’s Dragon Cartoon Saloon for Netflix

Best TV/Media – Preschool

Elinor Wonders Why Episode: 136B – Rest is Best SHOE Ink. LLC

Gabby’s Dollhouse Episode: Cakey’s Cupcake Cousins DreamWorks Animation

Rise Up, Sing Out Episode: Name Tag Disney TV Animation

Spirit Rangers Episode: Thunder Mountain Laughing Wild / Netflix

The Tiny Chef Show Episode: Pancakes Tiny Chef Productions LLC / Imagine Entertainment

Best TV/Media – Mature

Bob’s Burgers Episode: Some Like it Bot Part 1: Eighth Grade Runner 20th Television/Bento Box Entertainment

Harley Quinn Episode: Batman Begins Forever Warner Bros. Animation

Rick and Morty Episode: Night Family Rick and Morty LLC

The Simpsons – Treehouse of Horror XXXIII Episode: Treehouse of Horror XXXIII A Gracie Films Production in Association with 20th Television Animation

Tuca & Bertie Episode: The Pain Garden The Tornante Company

Best FX – Feature

Avatar: The Way of Water Production Company: 20th Century Studios / Disney Studios FX Production Company: Wētā FX Johnathan M. Nixon, David Moraton, Nicholas Illingworth, David Caeiro Cebrian, Alex Nowotny

Disney and Pixar’s Lightyear Production Company: Pixar Animation Studios FX Production Company: Pixar Carl Kaphan, Cody Harrington, Hope Schroers, Jon Barry, Nate Skeen

Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio Production Company: Netflix Presents A Double Dare You! Film / A Shadowmachine Production in association with The Jim Henson Company FX Production Company: MPC Aaron Weintraub, Warren Lawtey, Alireza Malmiri, Baptiste Malbranque, Mikhail Donchenko

Minions: The Rise of Gru Production Company: Illumination FX Production Company: Illumination Frank Baradat, Simon Pate, Milan Voukassovitch, Milo Riccarand

The Sea Beast Production Company: Netflix FX Production Company: Sony Pictures Imageworks Spencer Lueders, Dmitriy Kolesnik, Kiel Gnebba, Oleksandr (Alex) Loboda , Jeremy Hoey

Who do you think will win the major awards from the nominees? Let us know on Twitter, or leave a comment below!

See full press release below.

ANNIE AWARDS™ NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED TODAY!

Celebrating 50 Years of Creativity & Magic

BURBANK, CA (January 17, 2023) – ASIFA-Hollywood announced nominations today for its 50th Annual Annie Awards™ recognizing the year’s best in the field of animation. For a complete list of nominations, please visit www.annieawards.org/nominations. This year’s ceremony is scheduled to return Live on Saturday, February 25, 2023 at UCLA’s Royce Hall. Pre-reception and Red Carpet at 4:30 p.m., followed by the ceremony at 7 p.m., and after party immediately following the ceremony.

This year’s Best Animated Feature nominations include: Disney and Pixar’s Turning Red (Pixar Animation Studios), Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio (Netflix presents A Double Dare You! Film/A Shadowmachine production in association with The Jim Henson Company), Puss in Boots: The Last Wish (DreamWorks Animation), The Sea Beast (Netflix) and Wendell & Wild (Netflix presents A Monkeypaw Production/A Gotham Group Production).

Best Animated Feature-Independent, spotlighting features with a much smaller distribution footprint than major studio releases include: Charlotte (January Films, Ltd., Balthazar Productions, and Walking The Dog), Inu-Oh (Science SARU). Little Nicholas, Happy As Can Be (On Classics (Mediawan) / Bidibul Productions), Marcel the Shell with Shoes On (Marcel the Movie LLC), and My Father’s Dragon (Cartoon Saloon for Netflix)

“After two years of virtual awards, as much fun as they were, everyone is so eager to get back to a live, in-person event,” remarked Frank Gladstone, Annies executive producer. “This is doubly true since this is the Annie Awards 50th year, our Golden Anniversary! We are returning to UCLA’s Royce Hall for an Annies with all the trimmings, and a few surprises. It is important for all of us to be together again, celebrating our community, our accomplishments, and our love for animation and the people who create it.”

Juried Awards will be presented during the ceremony, honoring unparalleled achievement and exceptional contributions to animation. The Winsor McCay Award in recognition of lifetime or career contributions are being presented to three recipients – Pete Docter, animated feature writer/director and Pixar CEO; Evelyn Lambart (posthumously), early National Film Board of Canada collaborator, including her significant series of short films; and Craig McCracken, prolific, influential television series creator. The June Foray Award for significant and benevolent or charitable impact will be awarded to Mindy Johnson, author, historian and educator.

The Ub Iwerks Award for technical advancement affecting the animation industry will be presented to Visual Effects Reference Platform, initially developed by Nick Cannon and Francois Chardavoine to eliminate incompatibilities between digital content creation software. The Certificate of Merit Award for service to the art and industry will be presented to John Omohundro.

Many thanks to the generous support from this year’s sponsors and advertisers: Platinum Level – DreamWorks Animation, Netflix, Nickelodeon, and Walt Disney Animation Studios/Pixar Animation Studios; Gold Level – Disney TV Animation, Illumination Entertainment and Riot Games; Silver Level – Pixar Animation Studios, and Walt Disney Animation Studios; Bronze Level – Epic Games, GKIDS, LightBox Expo, Skydance Animation and The Gotham Group; and Education/Nonprofit Level – The Animation Guild LATSE Local 839 and Sheridan College.

ASIFA-Hollywood is the world’s first and foremost professional organization dedicated to promoting the Art of Animation and celebrating the people who create it. Today, ASIFA-Hollywood, 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 Aid Foundation, animated film preservation, animation open source support, special events, classes and screenings.

Created in 1972 by veteran voice talent June Foray, the Annie Awards™ have grown in scope and stature for five decades. For more information on the Annie Awards™, please visit www.annieawards.org. For ticket information, please visit www.annieawards.org/tickets.

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