Disney, Netflix Dominate 2021 Annie Awards: Raya, Luca, Arcane

Raya and Katie are at the top of the Annies this year. Image: Disney/Netflix

Animation buffs probably won’t be shocked to learn that three of the top four films nominated for this year’s Annie Awards come from Disney. Raya and the last dragon leads all nominees with 10 in total, followed by Encanto with nine and Luca from Pixar with eight. However, right on the heels of those movies is Netflix’s The Mitchells vs. The Machines with eight nominations, and the streamer also received nods for several of his other hit shows, like mysterious, Troll Hunters and Castlevania.

For the grand prize, Best Animated Feature, the top four nominees – Raya and the Last Dragon, Encanto, Luca and The Mitchells vs. The Machines – Compete with Illumination’s Sing 2. Television is a little different in that it’s broken down into age groups, but for the general public, the nominees for Best TV Show are Arcane, Bob’s Burgers, Love, Death + Robots, Star Wars: Visions, and Tuca & Bertie, which is again a sort of Netflix vs. Disney category is with Arcane and Love, Death + Robots from Netflix and Bob’s Burgers and Visions from Disney/Fox.

you can watch on the full list of nominees at this link— and while the Annie Awards don’t get the love of other awards shows, it’s an incredibly stacked and interesting list. For example, there’s a category for Best Character Animation in a Live-Action Movie, which includes nominations for a number of heavy hitters featuring fully animated CGI characters: Flora & Ulysses, Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, The Suicide Squad, The Tomorrow War, and Y: The Last Man. Yes, Y the Last Man gets a nomination for ILM’s work on Ampersand the monkey. That’s pretty neat.

And while Disney dominates many of the categories, the other big mainstream animation project, What If…? only got one nomination: Best editor for the episode “What if Ultron won?

The Annies will be awarded on February 26, 2022 in Los Angeles, CA.

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