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‘Inside Out’ Dominates Annie Awards With 10 Wins – Complete Winners List

At one point during tonight’s ASIFA-Hollywood Annie Awards ceremony in Los Angeles, after Pixar had won its umpteenth award, SpongeBob Squarepants voice actor Tom Kenny asked the audience, “When are we going to start calling these awards The Pixies?”

It might have been more appropriate to ask when they’d start calling them The Disneys. The Walt Disney Company absolutely dominated tonight, winning 18 out of 31 possible awards. Disney was nominated in only 24 categories, so they won 75% of the categories in which they were eligible (including five for Disney TV Animation and 2 for ILM), leaving table scraps for the rest of the animation industry.

Pixar’s Inside Out, of course, led the way for Disney, winning 10 awards, including the top prize for feature film. The only award in the feature category that it didn’t win was for animated effects, which was won by Pixar’s other film, The Good Dinosaur.

It’s hard to think of a more worthy winner than Inside Out (which ranks as one of Pixar’s very best in my book), but the fact that it ran the table on almost every feature award — not to mention that Disney won 75% of the awards that it was eligible for — raises serious questions about the Annies voting process and whether voters are actually voting for the nominees or being influenced by other factors.

It’s especially problematic because the Walt Disney Company pressured ASIFA-Hollywood to overhaul the Annie voting process just a few years ago — over this exact issue! As readers may recall, in 2010, Disney Animation and Pixar president Ed Catmull, along with John Lasseter, withdrew all of Disney’s productions from the Annie Awards in protest that Kung Fu Panda had won too many awards the prior year.

“We believe there is an issue with the way the Annies are judged, and have been seeking a mutually agreeable solution with the board,” Catmull told Variety at the time. “Although some initial steps have been taken, the board informed us that no further changes would be made to address our concerns.”

Catmull and Lasseter’s strong-arm tactic eventually led to the ouster of ASIFA-Hollywood’s president, Antran Manoogian, who was replaced by the team of Frank Gladstone and Jerry Beck. An advisory committee of feature animation studios was formed, and numerous changes were made to the voting procedures to ensure that voters would judge categories on the merits of individual accomplishment rather than voting for a single popular film.

None of those supposed voting changes mattered tonight as Inside Out proved untouchable. And it’s unlikely that Catmull or Lasseter will be complaining or pulling out of the Annies again after their own studio won every single feature film award.

Here is the complete list of winners. Congratulations to all!


Best Animated Feature

  • Inside Out – Pixar Animation Studios

Best Animated Special Production

  • He Named Me Malala – Parkes-MacDonald / Little Door

Best Animated Short Subject

  • World of Tomorrow – Don Hertzfeldt

Best Animated Television/Broadcast Commercial

  • Man and Dog – Psyop

Best Animated Television/Broadcast Production For Preschool Children

  • Tumble Leaf – Episode: Mirror – Amazon Studios and Bix Pix Entertainment

Best Animated Television/Broadcast Production For Children

  • Wander Over Yonder – Episode: The Breakfast – Disney Television Animation

Best General Audience Animated Television/Broadcast Production

  • The Simpsons – Episode: Halloween of Horror – Gracie Films in Association with 20th Century Fox Television

Best Animated Feature-Independent

  • Boy and the World – Filme de Papel

Best Student Film

  • ed – Taha Neyestani

Outstanding Achievement, Animated Effects in an Animated Production

  • The Good Dinosaur – Pixar Animation Studios – Effects Supervisor: Jon Reisch, Effects Lead: Stephen Marshall
    Volumetric Clouds Architect: Magnus Wrenninge, Development & Effects Artist: Michael Hall, Effects Technical Lead: Michael K. O’Brien

Outstanding Achievement, Animated Effects in a Live Action Production

  • Marvel’s Avengers : Age of Ultron – Sokovia Destruction – Marvel Studios – Creature Sim Supervisor: Michael Balog, Creature Simulation Lead: Jim Van Allen, Effects Simulation Supervisor: Florent Andorra, Effects Lead: George Kaltenbrunner

Outstanding Achievement, Character Animation in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production

  • Dragons: Race to the Edge – Episode: “Have Dragon Will Travel, Part 1” – DreamWorks Animation Television, Character Animator: Chi-Ho Chan, Character: Heather, Windshear, Dagur, Savage, Hiccup, Toothless, Berserkers

Outstanding Achievement, Character Animation in a Feature Production

  • Inside Out – Pixar Animation Studios – Animator: Allison Rutland, Character: All Characters

Outstanding Achievement, Character Animation in a Live Action Production

  • The Revenant – Judy – Regency Enterprises, New Regency Pictures, Anonymous Content, M Productions, Appian Way, RatPac-Dune Entertainment – Animation Supervisor: Matthew Shumway, Lead Digital Artist: Adrian Millington, Digital Artist: Blaine Toderian, Digital Artist: Alexander Poei, Digital Artist: Kevin Lan

Outstanding Achievement, Character Animation in a Video Game

  • Evolve – 2K Games – Character Animator: David Gibson, Character: Daisy, Goliath, Kraken

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

  • Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas – Episode: Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas – Screen Novelties Warner Bros Animation, Character Designer: Craig Kellman, Character: Buddy, Jovie, Walter Hobbs, Michael Hobbs, Mr. Greenway, Chadwick & Matthews, Santa Claus, Background Characters

Outstanding Achievement, Character Design in an Animated Feature Production

  • Inside Out – Pixar Animation Studios – Character Art Director: Albert Lozano, Character: All Characters, Character Artist: Chris Sasaki Character: All Characters

Outstanding Achievement, Directing in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production

  • Gravity Falls – Episode: Northwest Mansion Mystery – Disney Television Animation – Director: Matt Braly

Outstanding Achievement, Directing in an Animated Feature Production

  • Inside Out – Pixar Animation Studios – Director: Pete Docter

Outstanding Achievement, Music in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production

  • Disney Mickey Mouse – Episode: ¡Feliz Cumpleaños! – Disney Television Animation – Composer: Christopher Willis

Outstanding Achievement, Music in an Animated Feature Production

  • Inside Out – Pixar Animation Studios – Composer: Michael Giacchino

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

  • The Mr. Peabody and Sherman Show – Episode: “Peabody’s Parents/Galileo” – DreamWorks Animation Televsion – Production Design: Kevin Dart
    Production Design: Sylvia Liu, Production Design: Chris Turnham, Production Design: Eastwood Wong

Outstanding Achievement, Production Design in an Animated Feature Production

  • Inside Out – Pixar Animation Studios – Production Design: Ralph Eggleston

Outstanding Achievement, Storyboarding in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production

  • Disney Mickey Mouse – Episode: ¡Feliz Cumpleaños! – Disney Television Animation – Storyboard Artist: Alonso Ramirez Ramos

Outstanding Achievement, Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production

  • Inside Out – Pixar Animation Studios – Storyboard Artist: Tony Rosenast

Outstanding Achievement, Voice Acting in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production

  • Bob’s Burgers – Episode: Hawk & Chick – Twentieth Century Fox Television Bento Box Entertainment – Starring: Kristen Schaal Character: Louise, Belcher

Outstanding Achievement, Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production

  • Inside Out – Pixar Animation Studios – Cast: Phyllis Smith Character: Sadness

Outstanding Achievement, Writing in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production

  • Bob’s Burgers – Episode: The Hauntening – Twentieth Century Fox Television Bento Box Entertainment – Writer: Steven Davis, Writer: Kelvin Yu

Outstanding Achievement, Writing in an Animated Feature Production

  • Inside Out – Pixar Animation Studios – Writer: Pete Docter, Writer: Meg LeFauve, Writer: Josh Cooley

Outstanding Achievement, Editorial in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production

  • Disney Mickey Mouse – Episode: Coned – Disney Television Animation – Nominee: Illya Owens

Outstanding Achievement, Editorial in an Animated Feature Production

  • Inside Out – Pixar Animation Studios – Nominee: Kevin Nolting

Winsor McCay Award – for their career contributions to the art of animation

  • Joe Ranft
  • Phil Roman
  • Isao Takahata

June Foray Award – for their significant and benevolent or charitable impact on the art and industry of animation

  • Don Hahn
  • Matt Jones

    Ed Catmull: the unassuming Luca Brasi of the American animation industry.

    • Fluffydips

      I don’t like him. He’s kind of like an animation dictator. His wage fixing scheme and the Annie thing were awful and show how sneaky and manipulative he is.

  • elliot Lobell

    at least hertzfeldt won!!!

  • Elsi Pote

    The human race has an unbeatable record of allowing dictatorships doing anything to them, and now those dictatorships have translated into corporate America, allowing it write it’s own success at the expense of a market help captive under the veils of monopolies and syndicates.

    I’d say to those upset with this situation (including me) to form a syndicate away from the big leagues. Think of where UFC and WWE were 10 years before they existed, and how they became the juggernauts they are (in their own terms of course). Forget the hippie approach of fighting guns with flowers, at this point in time you should fight fire with fire.

    Think of Straight outta Compton. There are costumers willing to walk away from the mainstream, dollars in hand to take your project or company to the moon and beyond. Help them take a look at Laika, Cartoon Salmon or Moonbot. Educate them undestand what is entertainment and what is manipulation.

    Stop playing at the same table that the big boys have rigged because you will never win.

  • Trinosaur

    Yeah I just…. Inside Out was a good movie but not my favorite? I find myself increasingly annoyed at these type of awards because it really does seem like the Disney/Pixar awards, and it’s not because the competition is bad. There needs to be some kind of overhaul, but I doubt we’ll see it for a while. I’m pretty bitter about it.

  • Chicken McPhee

    Newsflash: Giant media conglomerate with infinite money sweeps 280 prizes at rigged Annie awards.

  • The “According to Plan” speech from The Dark Knight came to mind when watching the event last night. Disney and Pixar sweeps the show, and no one cares. Dreamworks sweeps, and everybody loses their minds!

  • Marc Hendry

    I feel nothing. Did Takahata bother showing up?

  • Netko

    Inside Out was a brilliant movie, but you really can’t reward it for its subpar character designs and okay animation. I’m just baffled at how anyone can have any respect for the Annies still.

    • Dan Wolfie

      Yes, and I recall, the Annies also show no love for the Looney Tunes! Come on, this is an award ceremony exclusive for animation, yet they’re always leaving Bugs and Daffy and company empty-handed!

  • Oguchi

    This was my first time watching. Though it was inspiring to see the people of the Industry get their due, I was dissapointed with the onesidedness of it all. Was it always like this?

    • Ishmael

      For the most part. Disney and DreamWorks also buy ASIFA memberships for hordes of their employees (not just those engaged in creative or managerial animation jobs) so they can engage in bloc voting for company product. Smaller studios can’t afford such strategic maneuvers.

      • RCooke

        That may have been true in the past, but hasn’t been true for many years. The Annies are older, less narrow, and far more prestigious than the ves awards. There have probably been shenanigans in recent years with the new “management” of Hollywood Asifa. But like the Oscars, the nominations and final votes are provided by all membership.

  • otterhead

    “It’s hard to think of a more worthy winner than Inside Out (which ranks as one of Pixar’s very best in my book), but the fact that it ran the table on almost every feature award — not to mention that Disney won 75% of the awards that it was eligible for — raises serious questions about the Annies voting process…”

    So it was the most worthy film, but the fact that it won awards raises questions about whether those awards were actually earned? The article contradicts itself in order to find fault.

    • Netko

      It was a great movie, my second favorite from Pixar, but that doesn’t mean that every single thing it did was better than any other movie that came out. You wouldn’t give the Creed the reward for best special effects just because it was a great movie.

      • otterhead

        It didn’t. I believe it deserved the categories it won in. It didn’t win in Special Effects; that award very deservedly went to the procedural clouds invented for Good Dinosaur.

        • Netko

          You don’t find a single thing suspicious in the fact that Disney and Pixar always dominate these rewards? Same thing at the Oscars, no matter how subpar a Disney movie is compared to its competition it’s going to be picked.
          I’m not sure what to tell you if you think every single one of these awards is deserved, just that it’s not contradictory to think a movie is great while thinking, for instance, that its character designs are awful, which I do for Inside Out. I would not reward someone who can’t think of anything better to show disgust than a green girl.

          Personally I think the outstanding achievement in special effects should go to Peanuts, because the end result doesn’t look horrendous. I think special effects should not award tech demos, they should also consider how the effects are artistically incorporated. But I guess that’s irrelevant when the main thing that’s guiding your decisions is money so you gotta have a category that’s 100% sure to not be won by any of the small guys.

          Luckily we had Inside Out come out. I’m not sure I could stand these ceremonies being rigged in favor of something like the Good dinosaur.

  • Paul N

    How magnanimous of ASIFA Hollywood to throw a bone to video games with a single award for character animation. Never mind that there are far more animators and animation artists working in games, mobile apps, and motion graphics than in film and TV – let’s keep the focus where it’s always been. Why no character design award, concept art, voice acting..?

    ASIFA Hollywood has a very narrow view of what constitutes animation worth acknowledging. They need to become far more inclusive regarding ALL uses of animation in media. Their attitude is part of the reason I didn’t renew my long-standing membership.

    • David Gibson

      Hi Paul, I think your comment is very much on point and I appreciate someone noticing the category. I’m really hoping that with my win over the weekend I can become more involved, or at least it’ll open a dialogue between ASIFA and myself, to help bring more recognition to all of the amazing work that is being done in the games industry.

      I want to be clear though that I don’t think all the attention should be focused towards ASIFA. Game publishers and studios should become more involved as well and understand how important it is to show their support for their artists through industry awards such as the Annies. In a perfect world I’d love to see so many entries and the celebration of game animation get to a point that the Annies would have categories for AAA, Indie, and mobile development titles as well as character design, concept, etc.

      At the end of the day though…I’m proud to be a game animator and all game artists should be proud of the incredible work they are creating!

    • Hankenshift

      Can you post some CHARACTER ANIMATION from video games so I can see what you’re talking about? I don’t see any games with character animation in them…but I may be looking in the wrong place. Most of the games I see have characters moving around, but they all move the same and have no personality or thought process. Are you talking about the introductions and stuff?

      • David Gibson

        Hi Hankenshift, here’s the character animation work that I won for on Saturday from Evolve:

        Here’s some of what I’m currently working on at Blizzard called Overwatch(everything in this trailer are ingame animations):

        Ori & The Blind Forest is another great example of character animation in a video game:

        • Mark Walton

          I loved the animation on that dog-like reptile, as well as a few of the creatures that followed it on your reel!

          • David Gibson

            Thank you so much Mark!

        • Hankenshift

          Nice work, but I was referring specifically to “character animation.” Didn’t see much of that. Thanks, though.

        • We’ve been passing your reel around at work, always amazing stuff! Love getting insight into your tools and process. :D

    • Mark Walton

      I wouldn’t expect anyone outside of the ASIFA board to know any better, Paul, but it’s frankly amazing that the Annies bothered to have a video game category at all for all these years. During my time on the board, I saw ASIFA reach out, year after year, to video game studios to submit something, ANYTHING, and they always had to dig up examples of great animation themselves, with no cooperation from anyone at the studios, and, much more often than not, when they gave an award, no-one from the studio would bother to show up and claim the award. (the last couple of years have been a welcome change to that trend). Hearing that this year’s winner wants to get involved and build bridges between ASIFA and the game industry is very welcome news. I agree that there are many talented people doing great work in video games that ought to be recognized, but traditionally, as a group, they’ve shown zero interest in or respect for ASIFA or the Annies.

  • Congrats to the winners. The domination of Disney might warrant a different ind of awards, much like the Independent Spirit Awards is towards the Oscars.

  • Mark Walton

    Well, naturally, now that I have time to write this, the conversation has moved on long ago, but here are my two cents anyway:

    I well remember the controversy a few years back, when Kung Fu Panda, rather that Wall-E, swept the awards (nobody seemed that offended that “Bolt” didn’t take all the big prizes – sniff!), and when Disney, amid some jeering and a lot of cheering, withdrew from the Annies the following year (and somehow still managed to be nominated for and win some awards). Thanks to an attention-getting post I made here, at the time, on this very subject, I was invited to sit in on an ASIFA board meeting – the very meeting where Antran was voted out and Frank was voted in, because they realized that ASIFA couldn’t function without Disney’s support – I was an eyewitness to history! I saw a lot of changes – the ushering in of the studio board of directors, the further studio-demanded changes to the voting rules and categories that, increasingly, IMHO, disenfranchised students, fans, and studio employees who were not “creative” enough in their jobs to have a valid opinion about anything. I saw the institution of what I thought was a better balance of professional judging with the “popular” vote, which should have made it less likely for a popular film to unfairly bulldoze the competition, and more likely for the most deserving nominees to win. I’ve seen the ASIFA board bend over backwards to be fair, to please all the studio giants, to make the Annies as prestigious, legitimate, respectable and inclusive as they were allowed to be, and still be snubbed by award-winners who can’t be bothered to show up, still get accused of being rigged by the losers and their acolytes, of being unworthy of notice or respect (particularly when a DreamWorks film won more than one or two awards – never mind the preponderance of Disney wins almost every other year).

    I still say what I said then: Entertainment awards are not fair, and they can’t be. As long as there are people’s subjective opinions involved, there will be disagreement over what’s really the best, even among people who are successful in the industry and equally respected by their peers. I don’t think Disney “rigged” these awards any more than I that I though Jeffrey Katzenberg “bought” the votes for “Kung Fu Panda”. Both were exemplary films worthy of notice. Were they the absolute best in every category they won in? In my opinion, “KFP” actually was as good as it could be in every respect, but not everyone agreed. I think that the preponderance of Annie voters really think that “Inside Out” was, and I’d be hard pressed to prove them wrong, especially when looking at the great work they submitted for the voting process in every category. I think that when a film captures people’s hearts and imagination, that can color their objective judgement in certain respects. It’s also possible that the kind of writing, design, animation, etc. that would seem too simplistic or unsophisticated for one project might be exactly what’s needed for another.

    All this to say, despite the best efforts and intentions of most everyone involved, it’s not a perfect process. I am grieved whenever people dismiss the Annies out of hand for whatever reason. I really do believe that most, if not all, voters, actually try to watch all the materials in the categories they vote on, and try to vote their actual conscience, regardless of their employers or friends or enemies among the nominees. (While it’s impossible to prove this, it’s equally impossible to prove otherwise, in spite of a certain, perhaps understandable amount of skepticism). I think that ASIFA tries very hard to be fair and honest, and to bring recognition to the best work of their colleagues. Perhaps there is a better way to do the nominations and voting, to avoid these kinds of “sweeps” and to “spread the wealth” more fairly – while I was on the board, my colleagues were continually exploring and implementing ways to do it better. The process has evolved considerably, and I bet it will continue to do so. These kinds of discussions are healthy as long as they don’t devolve into name-calling and denigrating the winners, who have worked hard and have every right to enjoy their plaudits. I am thrilled with many winners and bitterly disappointed with some who were snubbed within the same Annies ceremony, every year. I really wish that “Shaun the Sheep” (as well as other nominees) would have gotten more recognition, because I really thought that film was extraordinary and excellent where it most mattered, but I don’t begrudge the people who did win. Conversely, while I thought all the nominees for Best Independent Feature were really, truly wonderful and worthy of recognition, I was absolutely THRILLED that the smallest, most eccentric, non-mainstream, non-traditional film in the category, that I absolutely loved, but assumed was the biggest longshot, actually won! (And I think creating the “Independent” category was a really good idea). Every studio, artist, and fan will eventually take at least one turn at being “robbed” – that’s as fair as it gets. The best I can hope for is that all of the films that earn the nomination are worthy of winning, and that most of us can be as happy and graceful as possible when they do win.

    • Mark Walton

      Hey Amid, thanks for featuring my comment!