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Rango wins best film at 2012 Annies


Story by Jack Foley

GORE Verbinski’s Rango has emerged as the big winner at the 39th annual Annie Awards.

The film, which takes a lizard voiced by Johnny Depp as its lead character, was named best animated feature and won three additional competition categories for writing, editing and character design at the ceremony on Saturday (February 4, 2012).

The accolades means it can now be viewed as the front-runner for Oscars susccess.

But the International Animated Film Society (ASIFA-Hollywood) also made sure that awards were divided between several other animated titles.

Jennifer Yuh Nelson took the best direction award for Kung Fu Panda 2, which also won a second Annie for production design.

Steven Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn also collected a pair of prizes, for music and animated effects.

Additionally, the Annies recognised feature films Arthur Christmas, Rio, Rise of the Planet Of the Apes, Transformers: Dark of the Moon and Winnie the Pooh, which each earned an Annie trophy.

Transformers: Dark of the Moon was recognised for best animated effects, while Rise of the Planet of the Apes was awarded for best character animation.

Bill Nighy won the feature film award for his performance as Grand Santa in Arthur Christmas, and Jeff Bennett topped the television category for his voice acting as Kowalski in Penguins of Madagascar.

Patton Oswalt hosted the Annie ceremony.

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