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The Annie Awards, often seen as the animated equivalent of the Academy Award, is due to have its 41st ceremony on February 1, 2014. With that deadline coming soon, the full list of nominees have been released today. You can find them here:

http://annieawards.org/nominees/

But as of now, I just want to look at my two favorite categories: “Best Animated Feature” and “Outstanding Achievement, Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production”.

For the first category, seven films have been nominated:

A Letter to Momo – GKIDS
Despicable Me 2 – Universal Pictures
Ernest & Celestine – GKIDS
Frozen – Walt Disney Animation Studios
Monsters University – Pixar Animation Studios
The Croods – DreamWorks Animation
The Wind Rises – The Walt Disney Studios

In a year when animation has not been outstanding, I have no problem with any of the nominations. But I feel that the clear winner will be “Frozen” and I’ll be quite surprised if it isn’t.

For the other category, there are also seven nominations:

Paul Giamatti as the voice of Chet – Turbo – DreamWorks Animation
Terry Crews as the voice of Earl – Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2 – Sony Pictures Animation
Kristen Wiig as the voice of Lucy – Despicable Me 2 – Universal Pictures
Steve Carell as the voice of Gru – Despicable Me 2 – Universal Pictures
Pierre Coffin as the voice of Minions – Despicable Me 2 – Universal Pictures
Billy Crystal as the voice of Mike – Monsters University – Pixar Animation Studios
Josh Gad as the voice of Olaf – Frozen – Walt Disney Animation Studios

I agree with all of the nominations here, except for Billy Crystal as I don’t feel that he did an excellent job worthy of an award. I also would rather have Bill Hader as Guy Gagné be nominated for “Turbo” rather than Paul Giamatti as Chet; although Paul Giamatti did a surprisingly good job too! And I haven’t seen “Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2” yet nor heard the character much to have an opinion regarding Terry Crews’ voice acting.

With that said, I feel that Josh Gad as Olaf from “Frozen” deserves the award. He is an excellent voice actor and made a horrible film (“Ice Age: Continental Drift”) somewhat bearable to watch. But I have my doubts as to whether he WILL win. If I had to predict who WILL win, I have a feeling that someone from “Despicable Me 2” will take home the award, though I can’t say whom.

What do you all think? Who do you think should/will win in these categories? What about the other categories? Leave your answers in the comments below! Thanks!

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