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Raya and The Last Dragon, Netflix and Arcane Lead 49th Annie Award Nominations


When it comes to Awards season and animation, we are normally talking about one of two dedicated categories in a ceremony dedicated to wider film and/or television. On rare occasion, a particular animation might crash another category (more often than not for music). That's what makes ASIFA-Hollywood's annual Annie Awards so special- every category is celebrating animation.

ASIFA have now announced the full list of nominees for the 49th Annies. The most dominant force this year is again Netflix,  with the streamer involved with an enormous 54 nominations. Disney is in second place with a total of 29 nods for divisions Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar, Disney Television Animation, Marvel and others. The single most nominated title is Disney's Raya And The Last Dragon with 10 nominations, including Best Feature. Their closest competitor is the other WDAS feature of 2021, Encanto with nine nominations. The most nominated in TV is Netflix and Riot's event series Arcane, which picked up nine and Jorge Guiterrez's Maya And The Three with seven.

Sony Pictures Animation's The Mitchells Vs The Machines also did extremely well, scoring eight nominations including Best Feature, and fellow Sony release Vivo also got multiple nominations. The most successful indie features this year are Flee and Belle, which were both nominated for multiple categories including Best Feature Independent and Best Director.

Juried Awards were also revealed. This year's Winsor McCay Lifetime Achievement awards are going to Studio Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki, computer animation pioneer Lillian Schwartz and legendary Disney animator Ruben Aquino. The June Foray Award for significant and benevolent or charitable impact go to Hiroshima Animation Festival founders Renzo and Sayoko Kinoshita. The Ub Iwerks Award for technical achievement goes to Python Foundation. The Special Achievement Award goes to Glen Vilppu and the Certificate Of Merit goes to Evan Vernon.

The 2022 Annie Awards are currently scheduled to take place as normal as an in-person event on Saturday, February 26, at UCLA’s Royce Hall (although of course in these times, nothing is certain).




49th ANNIE Awards Nominations


Best Feature
Encanto
Luca
Raya and the Last Dragon
Sing 2
The Mitchells vs. The Machines

Best Feature (Independent)
Belle
Flee
Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko
Pompo the Cinephile
The Summit of the Gods

Best Special Production
For Auld Lang Syne
La Vie de Ch√Ęteau
Mum Is Pouring Rain
Namoo
The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf

Best Short Subject
Bestia
Easter Eggs
MAALBEEK
Night Bus
Steakhouse

Best Sponsored
A Future Begins
Fleet Foxes – Featherweight
The Good Guest Guide to Japan
Tiptoe & The Flying Machine
Wandavision – “Don’t Touch that Dial” Title Sequence
Best TV/Media – Preschool
Ada Twist, Scientist
Muppet Babies.
ODO
Stillwater
Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum


Maya and The Three



Best TV/Media – Children
Amphibia
Carmen Sandiego
Dug Days
Maya and the Three
We the People

Best TV/Media – General Audience
Arcane
Bob’s Burgers
Love, Death + Robots
Star Wars: Visions
Tuca & Bertie

Best Student Film
A Film About A Pudding
HOPE
I Am A Pebble
Night of the Living Dread
Slouch

Best FX – TV/Media
Arcane
Castlevania
Maya and the Three
Shaun The Sheep: The Flight Before Christmas
Trollhunters: Rise of the Titans

Best FX – Feature
Belle
Encanto
Raya and the Last Dragon
The Mitchells vs. The Machines
Vivo

Best Character Animation – TV/Media
Arcane
Love, Death + Robots Episode: All Through the House
Namoo
We the People

Best Character Animation – Feature
Encanto
Luca
Raya and the Last Dragon
The Boss Baby: Family Business
Wish Dragon

Best Character Animation – Live Action
Flora & Ulysses
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
The Suicide Squad
The Tomorrow
Y: The Last Man

Best Character Animation – Video Game
Disney Wonderful Worlds
It Takes Two
Kena: Bridge of Spirits
Madrid Noir
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart

Best Character Design – TV/Media
Arcane
Batman: The Long Halloween
Kid Cosmic
Maya and the Three Episode
Yuki 7

Best Character Design – Feature
Luca
Raya and the Last Dragon
Ron’s Gone Wrong
The Mitchells vs. The Machines
Vivo

Best Direction – TV/ Media
Amphibia – Jenn Strickland, Kyler Spears
Arcane – Pascal Charue, Arnaud Delord, Barthelemy Maunoury
Crossing Swords – John Harvatine, Brad Schaffer, Ethan Marak
Hilda and the Mountain King – Andy Coyle
Maya and the Three Episode – Jorge R. Gutierrez

Best Direction – Feature
Belle – Mamoru Hosoda
Encanto – Jared Bush, Byron Howard, Charise Castro Smith
Flee – Jonas Poher Rasmussen, Kenneth Ladekjaer
Luca – Enrico Casarosa
The Mitchells vs. The Machines – Mike Rianda, Jeff Rowe

Best Music – TV/ Media
Blush
Hilda and the Mountain King
Maya and the Three
Mila
Mira, Royal Detective

Best Music – Feature
Encanto
Luca
Poupelle of Chimney Town
Raya and the Last Dragon
Vivo

Best Production Design – TV/Media
Arcane
Arlo the Alligator Boy Episode: Broadcast Special
Love, Death + Robots Episode: Ice
Maya and the Three
Yuki 7

Best Production Design – Feature
Belle
Raya and the Last Dragon
Ron’s Gone Wrong
The Mitchells vs. The Machines
Vivo



Vivo



Best Storyboarding – TV/Media
Arcane
Invincible
Kid Cosmic
Love, Death + Robots
The Ghost and Molly McGee

Best Storyboarding – Feature
Encanto
Raya and the Last Dragon
Spirit Untamed
The Addams Family 2
Vivo

Best Voice Acting – TV/Media
Arcane – Ella Purnell
Arlo the Alligator Boy – Michael J. Woodard
Centaurworld – Parvesh Cheena
DC Super Hero Girls – Kemberly Brooks
Trollhunters: Rise of the Titans – Charlie Saxton

Best Voice Acting – Feature
Encanto – John Leguizamo
Encanto – Stephanie Beatriz
Luca – Jack Dylan Grazer
Raya and the Last Dragon – Kelly Marie Tran
The Mitchells vs. The Machines – Abbi Jacobson

Best Writing – TV/ Media
Arcane
Maya and the Three
Muppet Babies
The Mighty Ones
Tuca & Bertie

Best Writing – Feature
Belle
Flee
Luca
Raya and the Last
The Mitchells vs. The Machines

Best Editorial – TV/ Media
Amphibia
Arlo the Alligator Boy
Love, Death + Robots
Tom and Jerry in New York
What If…?

Best Editorial – Feature
Encanto
Flee
Luca
Raya and the Last Dragon
The Mitchells vs. The Machines