The animated blockbuster Coco triumphed at the 45th annual Annie Awards Saturday night, winning in nearly every category in which it was nominated, including Best Picture. It’s had an amazing run both in terms of box office earnings and awards season success for Coco, Pixar Animation Studios’ 19th feature film, all of which have been distributed by Disney. Pulling in more than $72 million in its 5-day opening frame over the extended Thanksgiving weekend, the film to date has earned $203.3 million stateside and $478.8 million in foreign territories for an impressive worldwide take of more than $682 million.
Audiences aren’t the only people loving Coco, though. The film – which follows a boy named Miguel (Anthony Gonzalez) into the Land of the Dead during Mexico’s annual Day of the Dead celebration in an effort to find his late, great-great-grandfather – earned a stellar 97 percent “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and earned Best Animated Feature honors from the likes of the Golden Globes, Critics’ Choice Movie Awards and Producers Guild of America Awards. It also nabbed a Best Animated Feature Oscar nomination last month, as well as an animated feature nod from the British Academy of Film and Television Awards.
Now, in perhaps the film’s biggest win yet, Coco was named Best Animated Feature at the Annie Awards. According to Variety, the film won in 11 of the 13 categories it was nominated in. The film also won Annies for directing (Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina), voice acting (Gonzalez), writing (Molina and Matthew Aldrich), character animation, character design and music. Coco’s competitors for the Best Animated Feature Award included, Captain Underpants: The Epic First Movie, Cars 3, Despicable Me 3 and The Boss Baby.
Of all of the Best Animated Feature nominees at the Annie Awards, only Coco and The Boss Baby went on to secure Oscar nominations in the Best Animated Feature category. Also up for the top animation Oscar are Ferdinand, Loving Vincent and The Breadwinner, the latter of which scored an Annie Saturday night for Best Animated feature — Independent.
With its dominance at the Annie Awards, Coco is clearly the frontrunner to win the top animation award at the Oscars. In the last five years, the winner of the top Annie has gone on to win the Best Animated Feature Oscar three times. Frozen (2013), Inside Out (2015) and Zootopia (2016) each took top honors at both awards celebrations, while Annie winner Wreck-It Ralph (2012) was beat out by Brave at the Oscars, and How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) lost out to Big Hero 6 for the Best Animated Feature Oscar.
The Annie Awards have been presented since 1972 by the Los Angeles branch of the International Animated Film Association and ASIFA-Hollywood.
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