How to Train Your Dragon 2 tops Annies

Sequel named Best Animated Feature

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 2DreamWorks Animation

Best Animated Special Production: Cosmos: A Spacetime OdysseyVoyager Pictures

Best Animated Short Subject: FeastWalt 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 LeafAmazon Studios and Bix Pix Entertainment

Best Animated TV/Broadcast Production for Children’s Audience: Gravity FallsDisney Television Animation

Best General Audience Animated TV/Broadcast Production: The SimpsonsGracie Films in association with Twentieth Century Fox Television

Best Animated Video Game: Valiant Hearts: The Great WarUbisoft Montpellier

Best Student Film: My Big Brother – Jason Rayner

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