The votes are in!
How to Train Your Dragon 2 walked away with the top honours at the 42nd Annie Awards in Los Angeles, making the movie a serious contender for this year’s Best Animated Feature Academy Award. Since 1972, the Annie Awards have celebrated the accomplishments of animated features (including having more emotional depth than any Arnold Schwarzenegger movie), with previous award winners including: The Lion King, Toy Story, Shrek, Finding Nemo, Up, and Frozen.
The How to Train Your Dragon franchise is based on the book series (surprise!) by Cressida Cowell, and chronicles the adventures of a young Viking named Hiccup and his pet dragon Toothless. So far the film has also won the Golden Globe award for Best Animated Feature. The original How to Train Your Dragon won the same Annie Award in 2011, but lost out to Toy Story 3 at the Academy Awards. A third film in the series is set to be released in 2017.
Here are the winners of the other production categories:
Best Animated Feature: How to Train Your Dragon 2 – DreamWorks Animation
Best Animated Special Production: Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey – Voyager Pictures
Best Animated Short Subject: Feast – Walt Disney Animation Studios
Best Animated TV/Broadcast Commercial: Flight of the Stories – Aardman Animations
Best General Audience Animated TV/Broadcast Production for Preschool Children: Tumble Leaf – Amazon Studios and Bix Pix Entertainment
Best Animated TV/Broadcast Production for Children’s Audience: Gravity Falls – Disney Television Animation
Best General Audience Animated TV/Broadcast Production: The Simpsons – Gracie Films in association with Twentieth Century Fox Television
Best Animated Video Game: Valiant Hearts: The Great War – Ubisoft Montpellier
Best Student Film: My Big Brother – Jason Rayner