The 43rd Annie Awards Saturday night at UCLA’s Royce Hall was a love fest for Pixar’s Inside Out, which grabbed 10 awards, including Best Animated Feature, and is primed for the Oscar. The Good Dinosaur, which dominated VES animator on Tuesday, took the Animated Effects prize for a Pixar sweep.
In addition, GKids’ Boy and the World, the first Brazilian Oscar nominee (from director Alê Abreu and Filme de Papel), won the inauguaral indie prize, and Don Hertzfeldt’s World of Tomorrow, the Oscar frontrunner, took Best Animated Short.
For live-action, The Revenant bear claimed another character animation honor for ILM, and Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron (Sokovia Destruction) took the Animated Effects award.
Both Boy and the World and World of Tomorrow are brilliant hand-drawn works: Boy unfolds like a sumptuous tapestry for a small stick figure of a boy, who experiences an exciting yet difficult rite of passage. At the same time, Abreu offers a devastating political critique. Tomorrow, meanwhile, is a trippy sci-fi fable about a little girl who’s escorted by her older self on a tour of humanity’s dark future.
Winsor McCay honorary awards were presented to Phil Roman (The Simpsons, Peanuts), Studio Ghibli”s Isao Takahata and posthumously to the late Joe Ranft of Pixar. And producer Don Hahn (The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast) received the June Foray award.
As for Pixar and Pete Docter, Inside Out isn’t merely about winning another Oscar. The movie represents a new milestone for both. It’s their most imaginative and adult-themed movie and ups their storytelling ethos and animation aesthetic.
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