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“Wreck-It Ralph” wins Best Animated Feature at Annie Awards

Disney’s ‘Wreck-It Ralph’ won the Best Animated Feature honor at the 40th Annual Annie Awards held Saturday, February 2 at UCLA’s Royce Hall. This year’s expanded list of categories topped 30, honoring many more nominees and team entries as in years past. New to the awards this year was the addition of the Best Student Film. A live streaming of the ceremony was made available again to animation enthusiasts as well as those who were unable to attend the event at
www.annieawards.org/watch-it-live. A complete list of winners can be viewed at www.annieawards.org.
The Best Animated Special Production was awarded to “Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem” (Illumination Entertainment); Best Animated Short Subject to “Paperman” (Walt Disney Animation Studios); Best General Audience Animated TV Production for Preschool Children “Bubble Guppies
‘A Tooth on the Looth’” (Nickelodeon Animation Studios); Best Animated Television Production
for Children “Dragons: Riders of Berk ‘How to Pick Your Dragon’” (DreamWorks Animation); Best General Audience Animated Television Production “Robot Chicken ‘DC Comics Special’” (Stoopid Buddy Studios); Best Animated Video Game “Journey” (Sony Computer Entertainment America);
and Best Student Film “Head Over Heels” (Timothy Reckart).
“What a great evening filled with a lot of fun and surprises,“ said ASIFA-Hollywood President Frank Gladstone. “A variety of individuals and studios participated and joined in celebrating the best in animation across project, studio and geographic boundaries.”
Former Annie Awards host and movie reviewer Leonard Maltin and voice actors Rob Paulsen and Maurice Lamarche shared hosting duties, along with a special appearance by long time Annies presenter-favorite, actor and animation industry professional, Seth Green.
Honored with the Winsor McCay award were Terry Gilliam, Oscar Grillo and Mark Henn. The Winsor McCay 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.
Howard Green was honored with the June Foray award which is presented to an individual who has given significant and benevolent contributions to the art and industry of animation, and Toon Boom Animation was honor with the Ub Iwerks award created and given to individuals or companies for technical advancements that make a significant impact on the art or industry of animation.
Often a predictor of the annual Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, the Annie Awards honor overall excellence as well as individual achievement in a total of 30 categories ranging from best feature, production design, character animation, and effects animation to storyboarding, writing, music, editing […]

40th Annie Awards – Hosts Announced!

Why have just one when you can have four! Former Annie Awards host and movie reviewer Leonard Maltin and voice actors Rob Paulsen & Maurice Lamarche will share hosting duties, along with a special appearance by long time Annies presenter-favorite, actor and animation industry professional Seth Green at this year’s 40th Annual Annie Awards set for Saturday, February 2 at UCLA’s Royce Hall.
Celebrating the best in animation, this annual black-tie evening will begin with a pre-reception at 5 p.m. followed by the Annie Awards ceremony at 7 p.m. and an after-party celebration immediately following the ceremony. All events will be held at Royce Hall.
“We are very excited to have our hosts share in the 40th celebration of the Annies and know they will bring great energy and excitement to this year’s ceremony,’’ says ASIFA-Hollywood President Frank Gladstone.
Joined on stage by a lively mix of animation luminaries, celebrity presenters and comedic talent including animation legend June Foray are Jessica Walter, James Patrick Stuart, Kristen Schaal, Mae Whitman, Sean Astin, Greg Cipes, Jason Biggs, Jessica DiCicco, Lucas Grabeel, Darren Criss & Joey Richter, Jim Cummings & Diedrich Bader, Atticus Shaffer & Tucker Albrizzi, Jamie Bolio, Kevin Michael Richarson & Loretta Devine, Alan Tudyk, Mo Collins, Max Charles, Jon Olsen & Fred Tatashiore, Sam Witmer & Matt Lanter, Tony Anselmo.
This year’s Winsor McCay recipients are Terry Gilliam, Oscar Grillo and Mark Henn. The Winsor McCay 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. The June Foray award will be presented to Howard Green and the Ub Iwerks Award will be presented to Toon Boom Animation.
ASIFA-Hollywood is the world’s first and foremost professional organization dedicated to promoting the Art of Animation and celebrating the people who create it. Today, ASIFA-Hollywood, the largest chapter of the international organization ASIFA, supports a range of animation activities and preservation efforts through its membership. Current initiatives include the Animation Archive, animation film preservation, special events, classes and screenings.
Created in 1972 by veteran voice talent June Foray, the Annie Awards have grown in scope and stature for the past three decades.
For information on ASIFA-Hollywood, please visit www.asifa-hollywood.org. For information on the Annie Awards, please visit www.annieawards.org.
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“Rise of the Guardians” director Peter Ramsey on holidays, 3D and sequel ideas – OSCARS

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: It’s not quite Captain America, Thor, the Hulk and Iron Man. But if the holidays ever needed an Avengers-style superhero group to combat the forces of evil, that ensemble likely would be made up of Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy and the Sandman.
That, at least, is the driving story behind “Rise of the Guardians,” a thrilling and heartwarming animated adventure from DreamWorks Animation that took home the 2012 Hollywood Animation Award at this year’s Hollywood Film Awards gala. Directed by Peter Ramsey, “Guardians” tells an origin story of how Jack Frost (voiced by Chris Pine) comes to join the mystical Guardians as they band together to stop the evil Pitch (Jude Law) from turning kids’ childhoods into living nightmares.
Ramsey sat down with HollywoodNews as the film prepared to open over the Thanksgiving weekend for a lengthy conversation. Here’s “Rise of the Guardians” director Peter Ramsey:
Much like with the pristine Blu-ray technology, animation just tends to work better in 3D than live-action film does. Do you agree, and how did the implementation of 3D affect your approach to “Guardians” and its visuals?
At the basic level, animation – by virtue of it not being reality – is inherently stylized. It’s got a bit more of a graphic quality, and you have to animate for graphic quality that I do think makes transferring to 3D a little easier.
I think, with our film in particular, we were going for a hybrid quality. We knew it was going to be in 3D, so we did a lot with our set design to reflect that fact. We were trying to maximize, through our visuals, how 3D was going to work. It was a combination of realistic lighting and the compositions, the level of stylization and the set design.
The other thing that we did, which was less obvious, is that we had a 3D script. We’d go through, shot by shot, and would either dial up or dial back the depth of focus depending on the level of emotional conflict. I’m sure it’s something that everybody does, but we were really trying to use the 3D that way, to increase intimacy by flattening out the 3D, or making it really deep in scenes with peril and psychological tension. What we did in a couple of scenes, where Jack’s in the lair with Pitch, we tried making some […]

Oscars: Hollywood Film Awards launches the awards season and honors excellence in the art of filmmaking

HollywoodNews.com: October 22, 2012 — For a 16th consecutive year, the Hollywood Film Festival and Hollywood Film Awards continue their mandate of bridging the gap between emerging filmmakers and the film industry, as well as recognizing excellence in established Hollywood, both in front of and behind the camera.
This year should be no different. Special honors went to Richard Gere for career achievement; Bradley Cooper for actor; Marion Cotillard for actress; Robert De Niro for supporting actor; Amy Adams for supporting actress; Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman and the cast of “Argo;” John Hawkes for breakout performance; David O. Russell for director; Dustin Hoffman for breakthrough director; Quentin Tarantino for the screenwriter award; Judd Apatow for comedy; Quvenzhané Wallis for the New Hollywood Award; Samantha Barks, Bella Heathcote, Tom Holland, John Magaro, Ezra Miller, and Kelly Reilly with the Spotlight Awards; Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner for producers; Wally Pfister for cinematographer; Dylan Tichenor for editor; Sarah Greenwood for production designer; Peter Ramsey with “Rise of the Guardians” for animation; and Jeff White with “The Avengers” for visual effects.

Celebrities and Hollywood notables who attended the Hollywood Awards included Eddy Hartenstein, Los Angeles Times Publisher and Tribune Company CEO, Diablo Cody, Chris Evans, Tom Ford, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, John Hillcoat, Helen Hunt, Melissa Leo, Ray Liotta, Tony Mendez, Christopher Nolan, Edward Norton, Seth Rogen, Eric Roth, Susan Sarandon, Amanda Seyfried, Adam Shankman, and Kerry Washington, among others.
“We are very proud to be the first stop of the awards season. In the last nine years, a total of 85 Oscar nominations and 32 Oscars were given to the honorees of the Hollywood Film Awards,” said Festival and Awards Founder, Carlos de Abreu.
The gala awards presentation was hosted by Nancy O’Dell of “Entertainment Tonight” and attendees were treated to the music of Johnny Crawford and his Orchestra.

The winners of the festival’s film competition were announced Sunday night, October 21, at the “Hollywood Discovery Awards” Presentation Ceremony at ArcLight Cinemas in Hollywood. This year’s winners were: “Garbage” by Phil Volken – Best Feature Film; “Bound by Flesh” by Leslie Zemeckis – Best Documentary; “Crescendo” by Alonso Alvarez Barreda – Best Short Film; “Cadaver” by Jonah D. Ansell – Best Animation Film; “Les Miserables” by Erin Wyatt – Best Trailer.
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Hollywood Film Awards to Honor “Rise of the Guardians” with the 2012 “Hollywood Animation Award”

HollywoodNews.com:The 16th Annual Hollywood Film Festival and Hollywood Film Awards, presented by The Los Angeles Times, have announced that DreamWorks Animation’s “Rise of the Guardians” will receive this year’s “Hollywood Animation Award” at the festival’s gala ceremony on October 22, 2012, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
Directed by Peter Ramsey and written by Pulitzer Prize winner David Lindsay-Abaire (“Rabbit Hole”), “Rise of the Guardians” is based on the highly acclaimed series of children’s books by William Joyce. Joyce, who won an Oscar® last year for his animated short “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore,” was named by Newsweek as “one of the top 100 people to watch in the new millennium. “Rise of the Guardians” stars the voice talents of Chris Pine, Alec Baldwin, Hugh Jackman, Isla Fisher and Jude Law. Produced by Christina Steinberg and Nancy Bernstein and executive produced by Guillermo del Toro, Michael Siegel, and William Joyce, the DreamWorks Animation feature film will be released by Paramount Pictures on November 21st.
The announcement was made today by Carlos de Abreu, Founder and Executive Director of the Hollywood Film Awards. “It is a great pleasure to recognize “Rise of the Guardians” as the recipient of our animation award. This piece of Avant-garde animation style surely will be another classic for generations to come.”
Said Bill Damaschke, Chief Creative Officer at DreamWorks Animation, “This award is a testament to the vision and dedication of our director Peter Ramsey and our producers Christina Steinberg and Nancy Bernstein, who saw in William Joyce’s beautifully written books a truly magical world that he was able to bring to life with the help of David Lindsay-Abaire’s wonderful screenplay and, of course, the outstanding work by his entire filmmaking team. We could not be more proud of the movie, or this recognition, and we thank Carlos and the Hollywood Film Awards for this great honor.”
Past recipients of the Hollywood Animation Award include “Cars,” “Rango,” “Ratatouille,” “Toy Story 3,” “UP,” and “Wall-E.”
ABOUT “RISE OF THE GUARDIANS”
“Rise of the Guardians” is an epic and magical adventure that tells the story of Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, the Sandman, and Jack Frost’s legendary characters with previously unknown extraordinary abilities. When an evil spirit known as Pitch lays down the gauntlet to take over the world, the immortal Guardians must join forces to protect the hopes, beliefs, and imagination of children everywhere.
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Opportunity for filmmakers looking for a break. Hollywood Film Festival

HollywoodNews.com: “The ultimate networking opportunity for filmmakers looking for a break,” said Variety. Be Discovered in HOLLYWOOD! Great Networking Opportunity! The 16th Annual HOLLYWOOD FILM FESTIVAL is now open for submissions in the follow genres: Features (all genres including animation, drama, comedy, horror), Docs, and Shorts (including animation).
The HOLLYWOOD FILM FESTIVAL was created to bridge the gap between established Hollywood and the global creative community, discover embryonic filmmakers, as well as to honor excellence in the art of filmmaking.
FINAL DEADLINE IS AUGUST 30, 2012, SUBMIT TODAY!
CALL FOR ENTRIES: 16th ANNUAL HOLLYWOOD FILM FESTIVAL®- OCT 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 2012

VISIT THE HOLLYWOOD FILM FESTIVAL TO SUBMIT
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“Footloose”/”Hustle and Flow’s” Craig Brewer was discovered at the HFF and 2010’s winner for Best Documentary, “Garbage Dreams” made 2010 Oscar short list.
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Submit your film to the Hollywood Film Festival ®

HollywoodNews.com: CALL FOR ENTRIES: 16th ANNUAL HOLLYWOOD FILM FESTIVAL®- OCT 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 2012. Be Discovered in HOLLYWOOD! Great Networking Opportunity!
The 16th Annual HOLLYWOOD FILM FESTIVAL is now open for submissions in the follow genres: Features (drama and comedy), Docs, Animation and Shorts.
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“The ultimate networking opportunity for filmmakers looking for a break” – Variety
“Footloose”/”Hustle and Flow’s” Craig Brewer was discovered at the HFF and 2010’s winner for Best Documentary, “Garbage Dreams” made 2010 Oscar short list.
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The Dark Knight Rises comments thread…

HollywoodNews.com: So it’s midnight on the West Coast, which means the first midnight showings are just letting out on the East Coast. Okay, you know the drill. Here’s hoping I have more comments here than I did for The Amazing Spider-Man.
Anyway, I’m actually going to be away from my keyboard for a couple days, but I’ll *try* to do a weekend box office write-up on Sunday morning. Until then, it’s officially open season for anyone who saw the third and final Chris Nolan Batman film. You’ve heard my thoughts, now time to share yours, in as much detail as you desire.
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“Brave” Hits Bullseye With $66.7 Million

HollywoodNews.com: Another year, another $60-$70 million Pixar opening weekend. Brave (review) is their thirteenth release, as well as their thirteenth number-one debut and their eighth film to open between $60 and $70 million since 2001. Brave, which attracted headlines due to the fact that it was Pixar’s first film with a female lead (and a female director until Brenda Chapman was replaced by Mark Andrews), opened with an estimated $66.7 million this weekend, putting it (for now) just above Cars 2’s $66.1 million debut and a bit below Up’s $68.1 million opening as the fifth-best debut in Pixar history.
Brave pulled in $24.5 million on Friday, which gives the film a 2.71x weekend multiplier, which is actually pretty low by Pixar standards. Still, it’s close enough to the 2.73x multiplier for Wall-E ($23m/$63m), the 2.68x weekend multiplier for Toy Story 3 ($41m/$110m), and the 2.64x weekend multiplier for Cars 2 ($25m/$66m) to avoid any alarm. Movies, even most animated ones, are just a bit more front-loaded these days and Pixar films tend to play like sequels in a popular franchise than stand-alone entries. In terms of total box office, there is always the chance that Brave could play like Cars 2, which (comparatively) flamed out with just 2.8x weekend-to-total multiplier ($191 million domestic) and end up below $200 million.
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Brave is an artistically superior picture

HollywoodNews.com: Beset by production troubles and changing schedules, Brave enters theaters as a fable without an author. I don’t know what happened behind-the-scenes with original director Brenda Chapman nor do I know what replacement director Mark Andrews added to and removed from the final product. But Brave is an almost irrelevant entry in the Pixar cannon. While it is visually scrumptious (in 2D, natch) and boasts a terrific lead vocal performance by Kelly MacDonald, the overall story is both painfully slight and lacking any deeper meaning beyond surface-level morals. While it is technically a superior film to Cars 2, that film was arguably a ‘one for me’ project with Pixar founder John Lasseter indulging his love of the Cars universe and his love of old-school spy pictures.
Brave is an artistically superior picture that is still pales in comparison to both the better efforts from both Pixar itself and the various animation rivals (Blue Sky, Dreamworks, Illumination, etc.) nipping at its heels.
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