Michael Dudok de Wit and Studio Ghibli‘s The Red Turtle received the Best Animated Feature – Independent award at the 44th Annual Annie Awards on Saturday. Production I.G‘s Miss Hokusai, Makoto Shinkai‘s your name., Long Way North, and My Life As A Zucchini were also nominated in category.
Shinkai and de Wit were both nominated for Outstanding Achievement, Directing in an Animated Feature Production for their respective films. The directing award went to Zootopia.
The Red Turtle was also nominated for Outstanding Achievement, Animated Effects in an Animated Production. Composer Laurent Perez del Mar was nominated for Outstanding Achievement, Music in an Animated Feature Production, while writer Pascale Ferran was nominated for Outstanding Achievement, Writing in an Animated Feature Production. The animated effects award went to Moana, the music award went to The Little Prince, and the writing award went to Zootopia.
Dreamworks and Netflix‘s Voltron Legendary Defender animated series was nominated in the Best Animated Television/Broadcast Production For Children category for its episode “Return of the Gladiator.” The award went to Adventure Time.
No anime were nominated for the main Best Animated Feature category, and Zootopia received the award. Studio Laika’s Japanese-themed Kubo and the Two Strings was nominated for the award. The film won Outstanding Achievement awards in the editorial, character animation, and production design categories. It was also nominated for animated effects, character design, directing, storyboarding, voice acting, and writing.
Director Mamoru Oshii (Patlabor, Ghost in the Shell, Sky Crawlers) received the Winsor McCay Award for career contributions to the art of animation. He accepted the award in person. Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahatareceived the award last year.
ASIFA-Hollywood added the Best Animated Feature-Independent award in 2015 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.” Studio Ghibli‘s When Marnie Was There and Mamoru Hosoda‘s The Boy and The Beast films were nominated for the award last year but did not win.