Annie Awards tonight...
...I'll have the results tomorrow.
BTW I forgot to mention that the Best Animated Feature Oscar nominees are Wall-E, Bolt and Kung Fu Panda; "Down To Earth," the end-credits song from Wall-E, is one of three nominees for best song, sharing the nomination with two songs from Slumdog Millionaire; and that the Best Animated Short Oscar category again has almost nothing in common with the same category in the Annies.
Annie Awards Best Animated Short nominees 2009
Glago's Guest - Walt Disney Animation Studios
Hot Dog - Bill Plympton Studio
Presto - Pixar Animation Studios
Sebastian's Voodoo - Joaquin Baldwin
Wallace & Gromit: A Matter of Loaf and Death - Aardman Animations Ltd.
Academy Awards Best Animated Short nominees 2009
La Maison en Petits Cubes A Robot Communications Production, Kunio Kato
Lavatory - Lovestory A Melnitsa Animation Studio and CTB Film Company Production, Konstantin Bronzit
Oktapodi (Talantis Films), A Gobelins, L’école de l’image Production, Emud Mokhberi and Thierry Marchand
Presto (Walt Disney), A Pixar Animation Studios Production, Doug Sweetland
This Way Up A Nexus Production, Alan Smith and Adam Foulkes
OK, Presto's there on both lists. But that's it. As it turned out last year, if Peter & The Wolf was up for the Annies I might have voted for it...it was pretty damn cool and deserved to win the Oscar it did. People are raving about Oktapodi but I haven't seen it yet. Why is there this disconnect between what the Academy votes on and what the Annies vote on with regard to animated shorts? It seems like there is more of a focus on the work of established studios on the Annies list, and more indies, oddly enough, on the Academy's shortlist. If that's the case, the Annies nomination process needs to change.