Patrick Warburton is set to host the animation industry’s most prestigious night — the 41st Annual Annie Awards — on Saturday, February 1 at UCLA’s Royce Hall. Joining him on stage will be a lively mix of animation luminaries, celebrity presenters and comedic talent including actors Mariska Hargitay, Cloris Leachman, Ariel Winter, Josh Gad and director Rob Minkoff. Also assisting with presenter duties will be animation legend June Foray and voice actors Bill Farmer, Tom Kenny and Nancy Cartwright.
“The Annie Awards is our major event each year and it seems that its profile keeps rising along with the widening influence of animation,” says ASIFA-Hollywood President, Frank Gladstone. “I love the event and look forward each year to the fun and surprises that the awards always deliver.”
This year’s Winsor McCay recipients are Katsuhiro Otomo, Steven Spielberg and Phil Tippett. The Winsor McCay Award stands as one of the highest honors given to an individual in the animation industry in recognition for career contributions to the art of animation. The June Foray award will be presented to Alice Davis and the Ub Iwerks Award will be presented to Dragonframe. The Special Achievement award will be presented to the Creative Talent Network (CTN) eXpo and Certificate of Merit to the documentary “I Know That Voice.”
Follow us the evening of the event online by clicking here. Live streaming begins at 7 p.m. PST. VIP Tickets are sold out, but General Admission tickets ($30) for the ceremony only are still available.