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2008 Winsor McCay Award Winners


This just in: ASIFA-Hollywood announced its 2008 Winsor McCay Lifetime Achievement Award recipients during their Comic-Con party last night at the Gaslight Marriott in San Diego. This year’s Winsor McCay recipients are: Mike Judge, John Lasseter and Nick Park. The award recipients will claim their trophies at the 36th Annual Annie Awards, Friday, January 30, 2009, at UCLA’s Royce Hall in Los Angeles, California.

  • In attendance at the private party were Annie Award winners Bill Plympton, Ralph Bakshi, Antran Manoogian and Stephen Worth. There is a YouTube video of the announcement at… the ASIFA-Hollywood Press Release

  • DanO

    Thats a field steeped in talent and accomplishment… but I find myself rooting for Nick Park. He’s the one out of the three that has been an animator at core for all of his career. Lasseter and Judge are brilliant, but moved into different roles for most of their gravy years.

  • Mike Russo

    Wow. 5+ months. That’s a long time to look forward to something. LOL

  • I am very pleased to hear about those 3 recieving the Winsor McCay award.

    All of them have contributed something to the world of animation during the past couple of decades, all to various degrees, and all have a distinctive association within their field of work.

  • Congrats to Nick Park! VERY well deserved.

  • DanO

    Oh, they all are recipients of the award. Duh. I thought they were all nominees. Me no read so good.

  • Congratulations to all three – all excellent choices with wonderful and very different bodies of work!

  • The secret to great animation…big foreheads.

    Congrats to all three brilliant artists. Long may they create.

  • Daniel J. Drazen

    Judge, Lasseter and Park, despite the different subsets within animation in which they work, have one thing in common: these guys know how to tell engaging character-driven stories. Someday someone is going to tumble to the fact that that’s what filmmaking, animated or not, is all about.

  • All three are brilliant artists and filmmakers. In Britain, Aardman is widely seen as one of the greatest Animation studios in the world (certainly one of the best in Britain).

    And I do agree with DanO. Nick Park is still animating in the dark of a basement, and clearly wants to keep making films the way that he wants and not the way that business executives suggest.

    As Lasseter said, “Quality is a great business plan.”

  • Pedro Nakama

    Wow! I’m surprised. Those are actually 3 good choices.