When Marnie Was There, The Boy and The Beast Shut Out of Annie Awards
posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Studio Ghibli's When Marnie Was There and Mamoru Hosoda's The Boy and The Beast films did not win any awards at the 43rd Annual Annie Awards on Saturday. Both films were nominated for the Best Animated Feature-Independent award, but Filme de Papel's Boy and the World film won the award.
In addition When Marnie Was There's Hiromasa Yonebayashi was nominated for Outstanding Achievement awards in the writer and director categories. The writing award went to Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley for Pixar Animation Studios' Inside Out film. The directing award went to Pete Docter for Inside Out. Inside Out also won the award for Best Animated Feature.
ASIFA-Hollywood added the Best Animated Feature-Independent category this year in order to "recognize not only features in wide release, but also the independent animators, international studios, anime and special productions that might not otherwise get the attention they deserve."
Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata received the Winsor McCay Award for lifetime achievement. UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television animation lecturer Charles Solomon presented the award to Takahata, and Geoffrey Wexler, head of international for Studio Ghibli, accepted the award on his behalf.