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Spielberg and Katsuhiro Otmo fested at the Annies

Monday, February 03, 2014 - 01:47

Iconic Japanese animator Katsuhiro Otomo and film director Steven Spielberg honoured at annual Annie Awards, celebrating the best in animation. Rollo Ross reports.

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The Annie Awards held its annual ceremony in Los Angeles on February 1st to celebrate the best of the year's animations in TV, film and game. The evening also honours icons of the industry with Winsor McCay awards. Japanese animator Katsuhiro Otomo was one of the recipients. He made manga, the Japanese style of animation, known to the world's audiences after the release and success of his 1988 dystopian sci-film "Akira". SOUNDBITE: Japanese Animator, Katsuhiro Otomo, saying (Japanese): "When I was told I had won this award I was like, 'did I do something special?' as I don't really watch my films, so when I get back to Japan I guess I will have to start." Winsor McCay was a comic strip illustrator who made 10 short animation films between 1911 and 1921. He was a pioneer in his field and was an inspiration to the second recipient of the award in his name, Steven Spielberg. SOUNDBITE: Director Steven Spielberg, saying (English): "I'm so appreciative for this great honor, to have Winsor McCay's name on this achievement award is incredible, I have been a life-long fan of his and even did an homage to him in Jurassic Park." The big winner of the evening, picking up the Best Animated Feature award, was 'Frozen'. The award was picked up by its producer Peter del Vecho. SOUNDBITE: Producer, Peter Del Vecho, saying (English): "Most of all Mike Giaimo was right, something special, something magical happened on this film with our crew, with everybody who works at the Walt Disney Studios, they really exceeded our expectations and went beyond and delivered a film that we're so proud of and we're happy to bring this home to the Disney Animation Studios." In recent years, the winning film at the Annies only goes on to win at the Oscars about half the time. That means we'll have to wait until March to see if 'Frozen' gets the coveted Academy Award.

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Spielberg and Katsuhiro Otmo fested at the Annies

Monday, February 03, 2014 - 01:47