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How To Train Your Dragon 2 wins top prize at Annie Awards

How To Train Your Dragon 2

Story by Jack Foley

DREAMWORKS Animation’s How To Train Your Dragon 2 has landed the top prize at the 42nd annual Annie Awards.

The ceremony, which recognised the best in film and TV/broadcast animation for 2014, took home a total of five awards, including the coveted best film, as well as best director for Dean DeBlois.

It also picked up awards for feature character design (Fabio Lignini), storyboarding (Truong “Tron” Son Mai) and music (John Power, Jonsi).

However, Disney continued its domination of awards ceremonies by collecting the most trophies of the distributors on the night – a total of nine.

Big Hero 6 took a film award for animated effects (Michael Kaschalk, Peter DeMund, David Hutchins, Henrik Falt, John Kosnik), while Feast, the animated short that precedes Big Hero 6 in cinemas, won the prize for short film.

Disney Television Animation’s Gravity Falls picked up the nod for television/broadcast production for a children’s audience.

While Disney Mickey Mouse picked up the most individual Annies, including directing in a TV/broadcast production (Aaron Springer), writing (Darrick Bachman), editorial (Illya Owens), music (Christopher Willis) and voice acting (Bill Farmer.)

Back in the world of movies, The Boxtrolls saw British actor Sir Ben Kingsley recognised in the best voice acting category for his performance as the villain Snatcher, while the film also picked up an award for feature production design for Paul Lasaine, Tom McClure and August Hall.

And The Lego Movie didn’t go home empty-handed, as filmmakers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller picked up an Annie for feature writing.

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