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41st Annie Award Winners!

Best Animated Feature
  • Frozen - Walt Disney Animation Studios
Best Animated Special Production
  • Chipotle Scarecrow - Chipotle Creative Department, Moonbot Studios, CAA Marketing
Best Animated Short Subject

  • Get A Horse! - Walt Disney Animation Studios
Best Animated TV/Broadcast Commercial


  • Despicable Me 2 - Cinemark - Illumination Entertainment/Universal
Best General Audience Animated TV/Broadcast Production For Preschool Children


  • Disney Sofia the First - Disney Television Animation
Best Animated TV/Broadcast Production For Children’s Audience


  • Adventure Time - Cartoon Network Studios
Best General Audience Animated TV/Broadcast Production


  • Futurama - 20th Century Fox Television
Best Animated Video Game


  • The Last of Us - Naughty Dog
Best Student Film


  • Wedding Cake - Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg
INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT CATEGORIES___________________
Outstanding Achievement, Animated Effects in an Animated Production
  • Jeff Budsberg, Andre Le Blanc, Louis Flores, Jason Mayer - The Croods - DreamWorks Animation
Outstanding Achievement, Animated Effects in a Live Action Production


  • Michael Balog, Ryan Hopkins, Patrick Conran, Florian Witzel - Pacific Rim - Industrial Light & Magic
Outstanding Achievement, Character Animation in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production


  • Kureha Yokoo - Toy Story OF TERROR! - Pixar Animation Studios
Outstanding Achievement, Character Animation in a Feature Production


  • Jakob Jensen - The Croods - DreamWorks Animation
Outstanding Achievement, Character Animation in a Live Action Production


  • Jeff Capogreco, Jedrzej Wojtowicz, Kevin Estey, Alessandro Bonora, Gino Acevedo - The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - Gollum - Weta Digital
Outstanding Achievement, Directing in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production


  • Angus MacLane - Toy Story OF TERROR! - Pixar Animation Studios
Outstanding Achievement, Directing in an Animated Feature Production


  • Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee - Frozen - Walt Disney Animation Studios
Outstanding Achievement, Music in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production


  • Christopher Willis - Disney Mickey Mouse - Disney Television Animation
Outstanding Achievement, Music in an Animated Feature Production


  • Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez, Christophe Beck - Frozen - Walt Disney Animation Studios'


Outstanding Achievement, Production Design in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production


  • Angela Sung, William Niu, Christine Bian, Emily Tetri, Frederic Stewart - The Legend of Korra - Nickelodeon Animation Studio
Outstanding Achievement, Production Design in an Animated Feature Production


  • Michael Giaimo, Lisa Keene, David Womersley - Frozen - Walt Disney Animation Studios
Outstanding Achievement, Storyboarding in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production


  • Daniel Chong - Toy Story of TERROR! - Pixar Animation Studios
Outstanding Achievement, Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production


  • Dean Kelly - Monsters University - Pixar Animation Studios
Outstanding Achievement, Voice Acting in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production


  • Tom Kenny as the voice of Ice King - Adventure Time - Cartoon Network Studios
Outstanding Achievement, Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production

  • Josh Gad as the voice of Olaf - Frozen - Walt Disney Animation Studios
Outstanding Achievement, Writing in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production

  • Lewis Morton - Futurama - 20th Century Fox Television
Outstanding Achievement, Writing in an Animated Feature Production

  • Hayao Miyazaki -The Wind Rises - Studio Ghibli/Touchstone Pictures
Outstanding Achievement, Editorial in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production

  • Illya Owens - Disney Mickey Mouse - Disney Television Animation
Outstanding Achievement, Editorial in an Animated Feature Production

  • Greg Snyder, Gregory Amundson, Steve Bloom - Monsters University - Pixar Animation Studios

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