The Annie Awards have drawn up an impressive crop of nominees for its 2020 ceremony.
The International Animated Film Association — an industry organization that annually recognizes the best animation in the entertainment industry — announced Monday a full list of honourees that will compete for the 47th Annie Awards, representing a 20 percent yearly increase to 1,900 overall submissions across 36 categories.
As it continues to break records at the box office, Disney’s blockbuster sequel Frozen 2 scored a staggering eight nominations from the group, including one for Best Feature next to fellow Disney release Toy Story 4, DreamWorks’ How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, Netflix’s Klaus, and LAIKA’s Missing Link. All five films have also been submitted to the Academy for Oscar consideration in the race for Best Animated Feature — an award that has gone to the corresponding Annie winner 13 times since the Academy implemented a separate animated feature category in 2002.
Among independent animated films, Japan’s Best International Feature Oscar submission Weathering with You scored an Annie Award nomination for Best Indie Feature alongside Netflix’s I Lost My Body, Okko’s Inn, Promare, and Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles.
Elsewhere, Josh Gad (Frozen 2), Ali Wong (Tuca & Bertie), Jenny Slate (The Secret Life of Pets 2), and Tony Hale (Toy Story 4) landed individual nominations for voice acting, while monster hits across television and film like Avengers: Endgame, Alita: Battle Angel, Detective Pikachu, Spider-Man: Far From Home, and Game of Thrones received nods for live-action character animation.
The 2020 Annie Awards will be handed out Jan. 25 at UCLA’s Royce Hall.