"Big Hero 6," "Cheatin'," "How To Train Your Dragon 2," "Song of the Sea," "The Book of Life," "The Boxtrolls," "The Lego Movie" and "The Tale of the Princess Kaguya" have earned nominations for the best animated feature for the 42nd Annie Awards.
The awards, presented by the International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood, announced nominations Monday morning in 36 categories for film, TV production, commercials, short subjects, video games, student films and honorary and achievement awards.
Other nominations announced Monday:
Animated special production: "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey," "Dawn of the Dragon Racers," "How Murray Saved Christmas," "Polariffic" and "Toy Story That Time Forgot."
Animated short subject: "Coda," "Duet," "Feast," "Inside Homer-The Simpsons Couch Gag (Episode #549)," "Me and My Moulton," "Silent," "The Dam Keeper" and "The Raven."
Directing in a feature production: Don Hall, Chris Williams, "Big Hero 6"; Bill Plympton "Cheatin'"; Dean DeBlois, "How to Train Your Dragon 2"; Tomm Moore, "Song of the Sea"; Jorge R. Gutierrez, "The Book of Life"; Anthony Stacchi, Graham Annable, "The Boxtrolls"; Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, co-director Chris McKay, "The Lego Movie"; and Isao Takahata, "The Tale of the Princess Kaguya."
General audience animated television/broadcast production: "Archer," "Bob's Burgers," "Rick and Morty," "Mike Tyson Mysteries," "Regular Show" and "The Simpsons."
Juried awards, which honor career achievements and exceptional contribution to animation, were also announced Monday. Didier Brunner, Don Lusk and Lee Mendelson are the recipients of the Winsor McCay Award for their career contributions to the art of animation. Charles Solomon earned the June Foray Award for "his significant and benevolent or charitable impact" on the art and industry of animation. The UB Iwerks Award went to DreamWorks Animation's Apollo Software for technical advancement that has made a "significant impact on the art and industry of animation." The Walt Disney Museum is the recipient of the special achievement award "recognizing the unique and significant impact on the art and the industry of animation. "
This year, both the Annies and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences selected "Frozen" as the best animated feature. But the two groups don't always see eye to eye. In 2013, "Wreck-It-Ralph" earned the best film Annie while "Brave" took home the Academy Award.
The awards will be handed out Jan. 31 at a ceremony at UCLA's Royce Hall.