The Annie Awards were last night,honoring the best of animation in 2015. As expected, Inside Out swept with 10 wins, including Best Animated Feature, Best Director, Best Writing, and Best Music. Phyllis Smith also won Best Vocal Performance for the film. In fact, the only award that Inside Out did not win was Best Effects Animation, which went to The Good Dinosaur.
All in all, a good day for Pixar. (Presenter Tom Kenny even joked that they should change the name of the show to ‘The Pixies’.) Really, all they did was confirm that Inside Out was winning Best Animated Feature at the Oscars, as if there was really any doubt.
But the show did have it’s fun moments, like when the kids who voiced Linus & Lucy in The Peanuts Movie presented an award in character, or when Phyllis Smith got up to present an award and they played the Triple-Dent Gum jingle.
Also, Best Animated Short film went to Oscar frontrunner World Of Tomorrow, while Best Character Animation In A Live Action Film went to the bear from The Revenant. I’ll have to admit, I was a little disappointed when the human animators went on stage to receive the award. I would have liked to see the bear get up there and complain about Leo DiCaprio getting all the credit.
Oh, and speaking of The Revenant…
So Spotlight won Critic’s Choice and SAG, The Big Short won PGA, and The Revenant won Globes and DGA.
Well, so much for making sense.
Alex Garland won Best First-Time Director for Ex Machina, while Cartel Land won Best Documentary. That kinda stinks because I was totally prepared to write up a post about how Amy was gonna win Best Documentary. Thanks for screwing everything up, DGA.