Klaus and I Lost My Body top 2020 Annie Awards
Staff Reporter | On 27, Jan 2020Reading time: 3 mins
Netflix dominated this year’s Annie Awards, winning a total of 19 prizes, including Best Feature.
The streaming giant competed at the animation awards for the first time this year, and it didn’t hang about, with Santa Claus origins story nabbing seven nominations, including Best Animated Feature and Best Feature Direction – just behind Frozen 2 and Missing Link, which have eight nominations apiece.
I Lost My Body racked up six nods, including Best Independent Animated Feature and Best Feature Direction – the same number as Toy Story 4 and How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World.
The distinctive duo didn’t fail to take home the gold, with Klaus winning seven Annies in total, the most of any film and marking a success in each of its nominated categories, including Best Feature and Best Feature Direction. Klaus also won for character animation, character design and production design.
I Lost My Body bagged Best Independent Animated Feature, Music in an Animated Feature and
Writing in an Animated Feature Production.
Netflix’s Love, Death & Robots also won four Annie Awards, including Animated Effects in a TV Production, while the series Carmen Sandiego and Tuca & Bertie also won for Character Design and Storyboarding, and Writing in an Animated TV respectively.
The prizes put Netflix in good stead for the Oscars, where both Klaus re and I Lost My Body are nominated for Animated Feature, along with Laika’s Golden Globe-winning Missing Link and Pixar’s Toy Story 4, as well as DreamWorks’ How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World.
For the full list of winners, click here.
Klaus and I Lost My Body nab Annie Awards nominations
3rd December 2019
Netflix’s Klaus and I Lost My Body are both near the front of the pack for this this year’s Annie Awards, racking up 13 nominations between them.
Netflix is competing at the Annie Awards for the first time this race, and it is taking no prisoners, with Santa Claus origins story nabbing seven nominations, including best animated feature and best feature direction – just behind Frozen 2 and Missing Link, which have eight nominations apiece.
“Netflix’s gorgeously old-fashioned animation is simple and sweet enough to charm the socks off the humbuggiest of viewers,” we wrote in our review.
I Lost My Body has racked up six nods, including best independent animated feature and best feature direction – the same number as Toy Story 4 and How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World.
“A triumph of hand-drawn animation,” we wrote in our review.
Overall, this year’s Best Animated Feature nominations include: Frozen 2 (Walt Disney Animation Studios), How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (DreamWorks Animation), Klaus (Netflix presents a Production of the Spa Studios and Atresmedia Cine), Missing Link (Laika, LLC) and Toy Story 4 (Pixar Animation Studios). Best Animated Feature-Independent, spotlighting features with a much smaller distribution footprint than major studio releases, include: Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles (GKIDS), I Lost My Body (Netflix), Okko’s Inn (GKIDS), Promare (GKIDS) and Weathering With You (GKIDS).
Netflix’s presence in the high-profile categories marks a big step into the animated arena for the streaming giant, with no clear frontrunner amid the nominees. Indeed, Klaus even nabbed a nomination for production design, a category where Frozen 2 and Toy Story 4 were both snubbed.
Netflix’s BoJack Horseman, Tuca & Bertie and Big Mouth are also all competing for Best TV/Media – General Audience, alongside DC Universe’s Harley Quinn and Amazon Studios’ Undone.
“This year saw a 20 percent increase in submissions with over 1,900 worldwide entries. That was a lot of work for our nomination committees and they have come up with a wide and varied selection for our members to vote on, including films using a vast array of techniques, designs, and storytelling points of view which will make this year’s Annie ballot both interesting and full of insight into the creative possibilities of our art form,” says ASIFA-Hollywood Executive Director, Frank Gladstone. “Voting will begin on January 1st and, considering this year’s slate of nominees, I think the results will be nothing short of sensational.”
The Annie Awards winners will be announced on 25th January at Royce Hall. For the full list of nominees, see www.annieawards.org/nominees