There’s a lot on the line tonight for the Best Animated Feature nominees at the 42nd annual Annie Awards. The champion should be considered the favorite to win the Oscar next month, as nine of the 13 winners since the Best Animated Feature Oscar category was introduced also took the top prize at the Annies. That includes last year, when Disney’s juggernaut Frozen claimed both prizes.
This year’s toon Oscar race is considered wide open in the wake of the snub for presumed front-runner The Lego Movie. Rival studios were stunned by the lack of a nom for the Warner Bros pic and immediately started to ramp up their promo machines. But Lego Movie is among the eight nominees for Best Animated Feature tonight, going up against the five Academy Award hopefuls — Big Hero 6, How To Train Your Dragon 2, The Boxtrolls, The Tale Of The Princess Kaguya and Song Of The Sea — along with Cheatin’ and The Book Of Life.
Follow along as Deadline live blogs the Annies ceremony, which is happening at UCLA’s Royce Hall in Westwood. Trophies will be handed out in 36 categories ranging from production design, character animation and effects animation to storyboarding, writing, music, editing and voice acting. We’ll be updating the winners live and keeping an eye on speeches, trends and everything else. Just don’t expect us to ruminate on who the winners are wearing.