The Mitchells vs. The Machines
Abbi Jacobson
Arcane

Episode: The Monster You Created
Pascal Charue, Arnaud Delord, Barthelemy Maunoury
Arcane
Episode: Some Mysteries Better Left Unsolved

Evan Monteiro
The Mitchells vs. The Machines
Christopher Logan, Man-Louk Chin,
Devdatta Nerurkar, Pav Grochola, Filippo Maccari
FX Production Company: Sony Pictures Imageworks
Encanto
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Germaine Franco

A merger of powerhouses in features

Even more remarkable is that Arcane was made in France at Fortiche, a studio that made its name with video game trailers and advertising projects, and has only recently moved into series work. This upends the long-running narrative that the Annies is an L.A.-centric event that primarily rewards American studios.
The Mitchells vs. The Machines
Greg Levitan, Collin Wightman, T.J. Young, Tony Ferdinand, Bret Allen
Night of the Living Dread

Student director: Ida Melum

Student producer: Danielle Goff

School: National Film and Television School, UK

Arcane is a wake-up call for series producers

Namoo
Baobab Studios
What If…?
Episode: What If…Ultron Won?
Joel Fisher, Graham Fisher, Sharia Davis, Basuki Juwono, Adam Spieckerman
The Mitchells vs. The Machines

Lindsey Olivares, Toby Wilson, Dave Bleich

Oscar Impact

Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
Insomniac Games
June Foray Award (significant and benevolent or charitable impact)
Renzo Kinoshita (deceased), Sayoko Kinoshita
Certificate of Merit (service to the art and industry)
Evan Vernon
Special Achievement Award (unique and outstanding achievement)
Glen Vilppu

Best Feature

Disney earned three craft awards for Encanto (storyboarding, character animation, and music in a feature), as well as two for Marvel projects (an editorial win for Marvel Studios’s What If…? and a character animation in live-action for Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings).

Best Indie Feature

Encanto
Jason Hand

Best Special Production

Arcane
Episode: The Monster You Created
Lea Chervet

Best Short Subject

A Future Begins
Nexus Studios

Best Sponsored

Bestia
Trebol 3 Producciones, Maleza Estudio

Best TV/Media – Preschool

Arcane
Episode: The Monster You Created
Christian Linke, Alex Yee

Best TV/Media – Children

Arcane

Episode: Oil and Water

Guillaume Degroote, Frederic Macé, Jérôme Dupré, Aurélien Ressencourt, Martin Touzé

FX Production Company: Fortiche Productions

Best TV/Media – General Audience

Encanto
Dave Hardin

Best Student Film

The Mitchells vs. The Machines
Lindsey Olivares

Best FX – TV/Media

Besides The Mitchells vs. The Machines and Encanto, two other current Oscar nominees won awards: the three-time Oscar-nominated Flee won the Annie indie feature category, while the Chilean short Bestia picked up the honor for short film. Will the Annie wins have an impact on the Oscar race?

Best FX – Feature

The Walt Disney Company, the traditional Annie juggernaut, had a quiet evening with just five wins. It was the least wins for Disney since the 38th Annies back in 2011, the year that Disney boycotted the awards show.

Best Character Animation – TV/Media

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
FX Production Company:
Weta Digital

Karl Rapley, Sebastian Trujillo, Richard John Moore, Merlin Bela, Wassilij Maertz, Pascal Raimbault

Best Character Animation – Feature

Maya and the Three
Episode: The Sun and the Moon
A Netflix Series

Best Character Animation – Live Action

The Mitchells vs. The Machines
Mike Rianda, Jeff Rowe

Best Character Animation – Video Game

On the shorts side, that’s unlikely. The winner Bestia wasn’t up against any of the other Oscar nominees, so it’s hard to make a direct comparison. The last time the Annies and Oscars agreed on a short winner was in 2018 for Glen Keane’s Dear Basketball.

Best Character Design – TV/Media

The streamer also picked up two wins for its limited series Maya and the Three (tv/media – children, tv/media – music), and one for Ada Twist, Scientist (tv/media – preschool).

Best Character Design – Feature

More surprising was the performance of the Netflix series Arcane, which absolutely dominated on the series side, something that usually doesn’t happen in the series categories. As recently as last year, winners in the tv categories included kids’ productions from American studios like Cartoon Network Studios, Warner Bros. Animation, Dreamworks Animation, and Disney TV Animation.

Best Direction – TV/ Media

The Mitchells vs. The Machines
Sony Pictures Animation for Netflix

Best Direction – Feature

Ada Twist, Scientist
Episode: Twelve Angry Birds
Laughing Wild, Higher Ground Productions, Wonder Worldwide, Netflix

Best Music – TV/ Media

In 2019, Sony Pictures Animation’s breakthrough film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse won seven Annies, while in 2020, Netflix’s in-house 2d feature Klaus won seven honors.

Best Music – Feature

Arcane
Episode: Happy Progress Day!
Julien Gorgel, Aymeric Kevin, Arnaud Baudry

Best Production Design – TV/Media

The streamer’s two leading winners were the Riot Games/Fortiche Production series Arcane, which won all nine categories in which it was nominated and Sony Pictures Animation’s The Mitchells vs. The Machines, which won eight times, including the top prize for best feature.

Best Production Design – Feature

Ub Iwerks Award (technical advancement)
Python Foundation

Best Storyboarding – TV/Media

Winsor McCay Award (lifetime achievement)
Ruben Aquino, Lillian Schwartz, Toshio Suzuki

Best Storyboarding – Feature

Annie voters, who are largely comprised of animation industry workers in Los Angeles, are sending a clear message that animation has entered a new era and that American studios need to step up their game and allow for more graphically and technically innovative series productions.

Best Voice Acting – TV/Media

Here is the complete list of winners from the Annies:

Best Voice Acting – Feature

Arcane
Episode: When These Walls Come Tumbling Down
A Riot Games and Fortiche Production for Netflix

Best Writing – TV/ Media

Netflix dominated the 49th annual ASIFA-Hollywood Annie Awards, racking up 20 wins in 31 categories. The ceremony was presented virtually for the second year in a row.

Best Writing – Feature

Arcane
Episode: When These Walls Come Tumbling Down
Ella Purnell

Best Editorial – TV/ Media

The feature race is more telling though. Prior to yesterday evening, the Annies and the Oscars have settled on the same winner for five of the previous six years. The only exception was in 2020, when Klaus won the Annie and Toy Story 4 won the Oscar. We’ll have to watch to see if the strong performance of Mitchells helps sway Oscar voters in its favor over current favorite, Encanto.

Best Editorial – Feature

Arcane
Episode: When These Walls Come Tumbling Down

Simon Andriveau

Juried Awards

The strong performance of The Mitchells vs. The Machines is not as surprising as it might seem at first. Both producer Sony Pictures Animation and distributor Netflix have been a significant force at the Annies in recent years.
Flee
Final Cut For Real, Sun Creature, Vivement Lundi !, MostFilm, Mer Film, VICE, Left HandFilms, Participant
Maya and the Three
Episode: The Sun and the Moon
Tim Davies, Gustavo Santaolalla
The Mitchells vs. The Machines
Mike Rianda,
 Jeff Rowe
It was due to the pandemic that Sony couldn’t release Mitchells theatrically, so Netflix stepped in as distributor for the feature. Both companies have shown a unified objective to push feature animation graphically, and their collaboration on Mitchells has proven to be a win for both sides.

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