Zootopia & Kubo Top 2017 Annie Awards Nominations
In the past, Annie Awards winners have reflected the most likely Oscar hopefuls in the Best Animated Feature category – despite an irregular upset in 2006 when Cars got the Annie and Happy Feet got the Oscar – and as such Disney and Laika can expect to be the two most competitve animation studios to watch out for during the 2017 awards season. Zootopia and Kubo and the Two Strings were commensurately applauded by critics, but Disney’s staggering box office numbers might give the former production a slight edge in the end.
Only time will tell who will go home with the Annie and the Oscar for Best Animated Feature, though it’s hard to doubt that the two awards will likely go to either Zootopia or Kubo and the Two Strings. Other 2016 animated features like The Secret Life of Pets from Illumination Entertainment and the Seth Rogen musical comedy Sausage Party may have been equally liked by general audiences, but Disney and Laika appear to have produced the clear frontrunners, when it comes to serious awards season consideration.