Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Into the Spider-Verse webs Best Animated Feature at Annies; Genre disappoints at DGAs

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Feb 3, 2019

Sony's Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse continued its impressive awards season run last night when it took home Best Animated Feature at the 46th Annual Annie Awards. Winning in every category it was nominated for, Spider-Verse beat out Incredibles 2, Isle of Dogs, Early Man, and Ralph Breaks the Internet.

The visually striking superhero comedy also webbed prizes for Best Character Animation, Best Directing, Best Character Design, Best Production Design, Best Writing, and Best Editorial. All of these are well deserved, especially the animation and design awards, as the unprecedented animation takes great strides to emulate the look of a comic book.

Having already won top honors from the New York Film Critics Circle and Golden Globes, Into the Spider-Verse could very well win big at this year's Oscars, where it will be going for Best Animated Feature.

Mary Poppins Returns was another winner of the night, winning Outstanding Achievement for Character Animation in a Live Action Production and Best Animated Special Production. It lost out on the awards for Best Character Design, Best Production Design, and Best Storyboarding. The sequel, more than 50 years in the making, won over other live-action projects like Avengers: Infinity War, Paddington 2, and Christopher Robin.

Other victors of the evening were BoJack Horseman (Best TV Show & Best Voice Acting for a TV show), Ralph Breaks the Internet (Best Animated Effects in a feature film), Tales of Arcadia: Trollhunters (Best Animated Effects in a TV show), Incredibles 2 (Best Storyboarding), and Isle of Dogs (Best Voice Acting for a Feature Film).

For the full list of Annie winners, click here.

Conversely, genre did very little business at the 71st Annual Directors Guild of America Awards, whose winners were also announced last night.

Sesame Street was the only major television winner, with Jack Jameson nabbing the award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Children’s Programs thanks to his work on  “When You Wish Upon a Pickle: A Sesame Street Special."

Spike Jonze (Her) won the award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Commercials, courtesy of his HomePod ad for Apple.

Genre losers include: The Handmaid's Tale, Maniac, and A Series of Unfortunate Events. Unfortunately, no sci-fi, horror, or fantasy feature films were nominated.

For the full list of DGA winners, click here.

At the Art Directors Guild Awards, genre fared much better, securing wins for Black Panther, Isle of Dogs, The Handmaid's Tale, GLOW, Sesame Street

Rob Marshall (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Mary Poppins Returns) received the Cinematic Imagery Award for his multifaceted work in the fields of directing (for both film and theater), producing, and choreography.

Lifetime Achievement Awards were given to Jeannine Oppewall (Pleasantville), Ed Verreaux (Jurassic World), Jim Fiorito (The Right Stuff), and William F. Matthews (Innerspace). In addition, Anthony Masters (2001: A Space Odyssey) and Benjamin Carré (The Wizard of Oz) were inducted into the ADG Hall of Fame.

For the full list of ADG winners, click here.


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