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Up wins Best Animated Feature at 37th Annual Annie Awards

Pixar Animation Studio’s Up wins the Best Animated Feature honor at the 37th Annual Annie Awards held at UCLA’s Royce Hall on Saturday, Feb. 6.

Walt Disney Animation Studios won six Annies overall including three for its feature The Princess and the Frog and three for its television production Prep and Landing.

DreamWorks Animation won five Annies including Best Television Production for Children and Directing/TV for The Penguins of Madagascar, Character Animation/TV and Storyboarding/Feature for Monsters vs. Aliens and Storyboarding/TV for Merry Madagascar.

Best Home Entertainment Production went to 20th Century Fox’s Futurama: Into the Wild Green Yonder; Best Animated Short Subject went to ShadowMachine’s Robot Chicken: Star Wars 2.5; Acme Filmworks won Best Animated Television Commercial for Spanish Lottery ‘Deportees’; Best Animated Television Production went to Disney’s Prep and Landing; and Best Animated Television Production for Children went to DreamWorks’ The Penguins of Madagascar.

The Winsor McCay award was given to three industry leaders – Tim Burton, Jeffrey Katzenberg and Bruce Timm. Named in honor of the prolific animator, Winsor McCay, this award stands as one of the highest honors given to an individual in the animation industry in recognition for career contributions to the art of animation.


82nd Academy Awards: Animation Nominees

The nominees for the 82nd annual Academy Awards (Oscars) were announced today. Here are the animation nominees:

Animated Feature Film
“Coraline” Henry Selick
“Fantastic Mr. Fox” Wes Anderson
“The Princess and the Frog” John Musker and Ron Clements
“The Secret of Kells” Tomm Moore
“Up” Pete Docter

Short Film (Animated)
“French Roast” Fabrice O. Joubert
“Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty” Nicky Phelan and Darragh O’Connell
“The Lady and the Reaper (La Dama y la Muerte)” Javier Recio Gracia
“Logorama” Nicolas Schmerkin
“A Matter of Loaf and Death” Nick Park

More nominees after the break.


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Pixar’s Up wins two Grammy awards

Pixar’s up was nominated for three Grammy awards this past Sunday; of which it won two: Best Score Soundtrack Album For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media and Best Instrumental Composition. Below are the complete list of nominees in both categories.

Best Score Soundtrack Album For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media:

The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button (Alexandre Desplat) [Concord Records]
Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince (Nicholas Hooper) [New Line Records]
Milk (Danny Elfman) [Decca]
Star Trek (Michael Giacchino) [Varèse Sarabande]
Winner: Up (Michael Giacchino) [Walt Disney Records]

Best Instrumental Composition:

“Borat In Syracuse” from “Jazz-Clazz” (Paquito D’Rivera) (Paquito D’Rivera Quintet) [Timba Records]
“Counting To Infinity” from “Dialmentia” (Tim Davies) (Tim Davies Big Band) [Origin Records]
“Fluffy” from “Legendary” (Bob Florence) (Bob Florence Limited Edition) [MAMA Records]
“Ice-Nine” from “Lab 2009″ (Steve Wiest) (University Of North Texas One O’Clock Lab Band) [North Texas Jazz]
Winner: “Married Life” from Up (Michael Giacchino) [Walt Disney Records]


Pixar’s UP wins Golden Globes

Minutes ago, the Golden Globe for Best Animated Film went to Pixar’s Up. Not really a surprise, as Pixar tends to win everything. Next up, the Academy Award (Oscar). Congrats to everyone at Pixar who worked on creating yet another animated masterpiece. A win that was well deserved.

Update: Up just won another Golden Globe for Best Original Score.


Pixar’s Up nominated for three Grammy awards

The folks at Pixar Animation Studios have something to celebrate today as their latest animated hit “Up” has been nominated for three Grammy awards. Up’s score is nominated in the Best Score Soundtrack Album For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media where it will go up against The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button, Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince, Milk, and Star Trek. Also, two of Up’s individual tracks, Married Life and Up with End Credits, were nominated for Best Instrumental Composition and Best Instrumental Arrangement.


Pixar Short: George and AJ

Check out this Pixar short featuring George and AJ from Pixar’s Up. And because you’ll probably wonder — yes, this is how it’s supposed to look. My guess is that this was a test short and if approved by Pixar bosses would have been fully animated. Instead, we’re left with this animated storyboard-like short, which I actually enjoy a lot.

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