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Christmas can never come too late for Klaus, which emerged as the big winner at the 2020 Annie Awards. But the even bigger winner at the ceremony celebrating the year’s best in animation was Netflix, which dominated the Annie Awards with a whopping 19 wins across all categories.
The race to the Oscars heats up with the annual Annie Awards, held every year by the Hollywood chapter of the International Animated Film Association. While the ceremony is usually a predictor for only one major category at the Academy Awards, the unusual domination of Netflix over Disney may point to a huge shake-up at the Oscars this year.
Disney and Pixar usually take home the Best Animated Feature prize at the Oscars, but this year could follow 2019’s surprise winner Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse by upending the House of Mouse once again. The Annie Awards, which stands as major predictor for the winner of the Best Animated Feature Oscar, awarded its coveted Best Feature award to Netflix’s 2D animated holiday film Klaus, a striking and wholly deserving film directed by the long underrated Sergio Pablos. Disney and Pixar’s major Oscar contenders, Frozen 2 and Toy Story 4, both failed to win an award Saturday, as did DreamWorks’ How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, though the latter won an Annie for best special production. The Golden Globe animation winner Missing Link also missed out on an Annie Award, throwing a wrench in the works for a clear front-runner in the Oscar race.
But Netflix continued to have a splendid night, with the Oscar-nominated French surrealist film I Lost My Body scoring three wins, and the David Fincher-produced experimental series Love, Death & Robots nabbing four awards.
See the complete list of winners below.
Klaus, Netflix Presents A Production of The Spa Studios and Atresmedia Cine
BEST INDIE FEATURE
I Lost My Body, Xilam for Netflix
BEST SPECIAL PRODUCTION
How to Train Your Dragon: Homecoming, Dreamworks Animation
BEST SHORT SUBJECT
Uncle Thomas: Accounting for the Days, Regina Pessoa Ciclope Filmes, National Film Board of Canada, Les Armateurs
Bonfire, Baobab Studios
The Mystical Journey of Jimmy Page’s ’59 Telecaster, Nexus Studios
BEST TV/MEDIA – PRESCHOOL
Ask the Storybots, Jibjab Bros. Studios for Netflix
BEST TV/MEDIA – CHILDREN
Disney Mickey Mouse
Disney TV Animation/Disney Channel
BEST TV/MEDIA – GENERAL AUDIENCE
Bojack Horseman, Tornante Productions, LLC for Netflix
BEST STUDENT FILM
The Fox & The Pigeon,
BEST FX FOR TV/MEDIA
Love, Death & Robots, Blur for Netflix
BEST FX FOR FEATURE
Frozen 2, Walt Disney...
The 60th anniversary edition, set for June 15-20, will instead take place June 14-19, 2021.
The Annecy International Animation Film Festival, and its associated market, has been called off this year due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. The 2020 edition, set to be Annecy's 60th anniversary, was scheduled to run June 15-20. Instead, the event will be held June 14-19, 2021.
Organizers made the announcement "with tremendous disappointment" Tuesday.
"Over the past few weeks, driven by our passion and our enthusiasm, despite the confinement constraints we were nevertheless hoping to maintain the exceptional edition that we had in store for you," they said in a statement. "But today, the rationale and the international situation compel us to act with lucidity and responsibility. To show our respect and our deep gratitude to the health care providers, as well as all those who choose solidarity and the public interest."
Calling the Annecy festival "a party, a family gathering," organizers said they could not bring themselves "to celebrate animation and our 60th anniversary when some amongst you would not be able to attend."
Pushing the festival to a later date this year was not possible, Annecy said, because of other events on the industry calendar. The 2020 Cannes Film Festival, which has been postponed, is eyeing a possible alternative date in late June or early July.
Annecy still plans to unveil its official selections for the 60th anniversary festival April 15, though the films won't be screened until next year. On April 15, organizers said, they will also announce details for industry attendees.
Annecy is the world's number one festival for animated film and has become a favorite event for studios and independents to launch new projects or kick off global marketing campaigns. At last year's festival, Disney screened the first footage of Frozen 2 and Netflix gave a sneak peek at images from several animated projects in development, including Ricky Gervais' The Willoughbys.
Source: Hollywood Reporter