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The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood, announced the nominees of its 51st Annual Annie Awards on Thursday. Hayao Miyazaki‘s latest feature film The Boy and the Heron (Kimi-tachi wa Dō Ikiru ka, or literally How Do You Live?) and Makoto Shinkai‘s Suzume (Suzume no Tojimari) film were nominated for Best Feature.
The Boy and the Heron also received nominations in the Feature categories for Best Character Animation, Best Direction, Best Music, Best Production Design , Best Storyboarding, and Best Writing . Suzume was also nominated in the Feature categories for Best FX , Best Character Animation, Best Music, Best Storyboarding, Best Voice Acting (Hokuto Matsumura as Sōta Munakata), and Best Writing.
Jack Black was nominated in the Best Voice Acting – Feature for his role as Bowser in The Super Mario Bros. Movie. The “Pokémon: Path to the Peak” short animated series was nominated for Best TV/Media – Limited Series. The Pokémon Concierge stop-motion animated series received a nomination for Best Direction – TV/Media.
The Star Wars: Visions Volume 2 project earned TV/Media nominations for Best FX and Best Production Design for its “Sith” episode by El Guiri from Spain, Best Character Animation for its “I Am Your Mother” by Aardman from the U.K., Best Direction and Best Editorial for its “Screecher’s Reach” episode by Cartoon Saloon from Ireland, and Best Music for its “Aau’s Song” episode by Triggerfish from South Africa.
The live-action Transformers: Rise of the Beasts movie was nominated in the Best Character Animation – Live Action category.
The awards ceremony will take place on February 17 at UCLA’s Royce Hall.
The Annie Awards recognize outstanding achievement in animation. ASIFA-Hollywood added the Best Animated Independent Feature award for the 2016 awards in order to “recognize not only features in wide release, but also the independent animators, international studios, anime and special productions that might not otherwise get the attention they deserve.” Mamoru Hosoda‘s Mirai film won the award in 2019.