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Nominees Announced for ANNIE (Animation) Awards
The slate of nominations for Best Animated Features this year include: A Letter to Momo (GKIDS), Despicable Me 2 (Universal Pictures), Ernest & Celestine (GKIDS), Frozen (Walt Disney Animation Studios), Monsters University (Pixar Animation Studios), The Croods (DreamWorks Animations), and The Wind Rises (Studio Ghibli and The Walt Disney Studios).
“I am very excited about this year’s slate of nominees!” remarked ASIFA Hollywood
president, Frank Gladstone. “We had more submissions to choose from this
year running the gamut from big studio features to indie films, television series to
internet shows, games, shorts and student films, as well as a wonderful group of juried
award recipients, all showcasing the huge variety of venues, creativity, technical
innovation and story-telling that our art form has to offer.”
Juried awards, honoring career achievement and exceptional contributions to
animation, will also be presented. Three Winsor McCay recipients have been selected
by the ASIFA-Hollywood Board of Directors – Katsuhiro Otomo, Steven Spielberg
and Phil Tippett for their career contributions to the art of animation; June Foray
Award – Alice Davis for her significant and benevolent or charitable impact on the art
and industry of animation; and Certificate of Merit – “I Know That Voice”
TV, film and voice actor, Patrick Warburton, will host the Annie Awards on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at UCLA’s Royce Hall. With his squinty eyes and hard-boiled detective's voice, Warburton's humorous personality can generate laughs with almost no effort, whether onscreen or in voice-overs. “We are really excited to have Patrick hosting this year’s ceremony,” said ASIFA-Hollywood President, Frank Gladstone. “With his love of animation and deadpan comedic style, we know he will keep the show lively, funny and very entertaining.”
Warburton quickly became a popular semi-regular in the hit TV series Seinfeld, involved in a
running joke about his frequent breakups and reconciliations with Elaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus). He stayed with the show until it finished in 1998, and provided the voice for Superman in a series of commercials with Jerry Seinfeld. He has contributed his memorable voice to characters on the animated shows Family Guy, Hercules, and Buzz Lightyear of Star Command and as sorceress Yazma's (Eartha Kitt) not-too-bright thug assistant in Disney’s feature, The Emperor's New Groove (2000).
In 2001, Warburton signed on as the star voice of the Fox sitcom The Tick, about a muscle-bound but dimwitted superhero in a blue costume. High-profile projects in 2002 included a role in the delayed ensemble farce Big Trouble and as Agent T alongside Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith in Men in Black 2. By now, Warburton had become an in-demand voice actor working on a variety of projects including TV series like The Venture Brothers and Family Guy, as well as movies such as Home on the Range, Chicken Little, The Wild, and Bee Movie. In 2007 he started on a successful seven-season run with the primetime sitcom Rules of Engagement, and in 2012 he appeared in Seth McFarland's directorial debut, Ted.
In 2014, Warburton will lend his voice talent in the new Peabody and Sherman film and also Planes 2.
The full set of nominations can be read at: http://annieawards.org/nominees