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Annie Awards 2018: Coco tops winners list with 11 trophies

Story by Jack Foley

DISNEY-Pixar’s Coco has topped the 45th Annie Awards, winning 11 trophies.

Lee Unkrich’s film, which is set around Mexico’s Dia de los Muertes, took home the night’s top prize, for best animated feature, as well as for direction and writing.

Accepting the accolades, Unkrich emphasised the need to “build bridges not walls,” while producer Darla K Anderson urged inclusion and diversity.

In other categories, The Breadwinner – which chronicles the story of an Afghan girl growing up until the Taliban rule – was named best independent animated feature.

The team, including director Nora Twomey, executive producer Angelina Jolie, producer Anthony Leo and lead voice actress Saara Chaurdy, came on stage to accept the award and earned rapturous applause when Leo noted that Twomey had become the first solo woman director to win the category.

Coco and The Breadwinner are both nominated for the Oscar for best animated feature, alongside Dreamworks Animation’s The Boss Baby, Fox/Blue Sky’s Ferdinand and indie Loving Vincent.

In four of the past six years, the winner in the best animated feature Annie category went on to win the animated feature Oscar.

Further film winners included Dear Basketball, which claimed the prize for animated short; Oscar-nominated animated short Revolting Rhymes, which nabbed an Annie for animated special production; and Weta’s work on VFX Oscar nominee War For The Planet of the Apes collected the Annie for best character animation in a live action production.

Winners at a glance

Best Animated Feature
Coco

Best Animated Feature-Independent
The Breadwinner

Best Animated Special Production
Revolting Rhymes

Best Animated Short Subject
Dear Basketball

Best Animated Television / Broadcast Commercial
June

Best Animated Television / Broadcast Production For Preschool Children
Operation Deep Freeze

Best Animated Television / Broadcast Production For Children
We Bare Bears – Panda’s Art

Best General Audience Animated Television/Broadcast Production
Rick and Morty – Pickle Rick

Best Student Film
Poles Apart, Paloma Baeza

Animated Effects in an Animated Production
Coco

Character Animation in an Animated Television / Broadcast Production
Trollhunters – Homecoming

Character Animation in an Animated Feature Production
Coco

Character Animation in a Live Action Production
War for the Planet of the Apes

Character Animation in a Video Game
Cuphead

Character Design in an Animated Television / Broadcast Production
Samurai Jack – XCVI

Character Design in an Animated Feature Production
Coco

Directing in an Animated Television / Broadcast Production
Disney Mickey Mouse

Directing in an Animated Feature Production
Coco

Music in an Animated Television / Broadcast Production
Disney Mickey Mouse
Episode: The Scariest Story Ever: A Mickey Mouse Halloween Spooktacular!

Music in an Animated Feature Production
Coco

Production Design in an Animated Television / Broadcast Production
Samurai Jack – XCIII

Production Design in an Animated Feature Production
Coco

Storyboarding in an Animated Television / Broadcast Production
Disney Mickey Mouse – Bee Inspired

Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production
Coco

Voice Acting in an Animated Television / Broadcast Production
SpongeBob SquarePants

Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production
Coco

Writing in an Animated Television / Broadcast Production
Rick and Morty – The Ricklantis Mixup

Writing in an Animated Feature Production
Coco

Editorial in an Animated Television / Broadcast Production
Samurai Jack – XCIII, XCIV, XCIX

Editorial in an Animated Feature Production
Coco