"Wreck-It Ralph" has just won the Best Animated Feature Film Award at the 40th Annual Annie Awards on Feb. 2, 2013, at UCLA's Royce Hall, Los Angeles, Calif. The Disney film was victorious at the Producers Guild Awards last week and appears to be the front runner for the Best Animated Feature Oscar. The evening was hosted by film critic Leonard Maltin and voice actors Rob Paulsey and Maurice Lemarche.
"Wreck-It Ralph" also won Annie Awards for the direction of the film by Rich Moore, voice acting by Alan Tudyk, the screenplay by Phil Johnson and Jennifer Lee and the film's music by Henry Jackman, Skrillex, Adam Young, Matthew Thiessen, Jamie Houston and Yasushi Akimoto.
In "Wreck-It Ralph," a video game villain wants to be a hero and sets out to fulfill his dream, but his quest brings havoc to the whole arcade where he lives. The film was noted as the best animated feature also by the Critics Choice Awards and National Board of Review.
Other winners in the film categories were:
Best Animated Short: "Paperman"
Animated Effects: "Rise of the Guardians"
Animated Effects in a Live Action Production: "The Avengers"
Television winners were:
Best Animated Special Production: "Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem"
Best Animated Television Production: "Dragons: Riders of Berk: How to Pick Your Dragon' ''
Best General Audience Animated Television Production: "Robot Chicken 'DC Comics Special' "
Best Directing in an Animated Television Production: John Eng for "Dragons: Riders of Berk: Animal House"
Best Writing in an Animated Television Production: Trey Parker for "South Park: Jewpacabra"
Best Voice Acting in an Animated Television Production: Kristen Schall for "Gravity Falls: Tourist Trapped"
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Whatever your movie choice this week, please remember your movie theater etiquette: silence your cell phones and no texting, please don't talk during the film and remove your children if they become a distraction to other audience members. Don't forget that laughing, crying and cheering are always approved behavior and even encouraged.
-Kay Shackleton is a film historian with special focus on Silent Films, see her work at SilentHollywood.com