With this year marking the first time Pixar Animation Studios has released two feature films within the same calendar year, it will certainly make for an exciting upcoming award season.
The 43rd Annie Awards will take place on February 6, 2016, and Pixar has received 25 well-deserved nominations across multiple categories (nominations announced December 1, 2015) — Sanjay’s Super Team (1 nomination), The Good Dinosaur (10 nominations), and Inside Out (14 nominations).
UPDATED: Check out our updated post with the list of nominees and WINNERS from the Annie Awards (with summary video).
In addition to the film nominations, late Pixarian Joe Ranft will be honored with the Windsor McCay Award recognizing his career contributions to the animation industry – previous Windsor McCay honorees have included Walt Disney, Mary Blair, and John Lasseter.
Joe Ranft’s portfolio is quite extensive and features work from Disney Animation as well as his numerous projects with Pixar (e.g., Toy Story, A Bug’s Life, Cars). Joe also voiced many Pixar characters from Heimlich (A Bug’s Life), Wheezy (Toy Story 2), and Jacques (Finding Nemo) just to name a few. He was also a fantastic story artist with spot-on comedic timing when pitching a scene and we are thrilled he will be one of this year’s recipients.