Noms for the 37th Annie Awards are in!

For the 99 percent of you who have no idea what I'm talking about, the Annie Awards are the Oscars of animated film as presented by the International Animated Film Association. Considering that even the best animated films get a best picture nod from the Oscars, um, almost never (give it up for 1991's 'Beauty and the Beast,') the Annies most definitely serve a purpose.

But with Oscar looking to hand out nominations to not five but 10 films next year in the Best Picture category, are the Annie nominations an indicator of good things to come?

Noms for the 37th Annie Awards are in!

For the 99 percent of you who have no idea what I'm talking about, the Annie Awards are the Oscars of animated film as presented by the International Animated Film Association. Considering that even the best animated films get a best picture nod from the Oscars, um, almost never (give it up for 1991's 'Beauty and the Beast,') the Annies most definitely serve a purpose.

But with Oscar looking to hand out nominations to not five but 10 films next year in the Best Picture category, are the Annie nominations an indicator of good things to come?

Considering that last year the Annies handed out the best pic award (and nine others) to the thoroughly tedious 'Kung-Fu Panda' instead of the far superior (and eventual Oscar winner) 'WALL-E,' we doubt it. This year the Annies could deliver another head-scratcher as well, given that the achingly dull but beautiful to look at 'Coraline' (adapted from Neil Gaiman's children's book) walked off with a surprising 10 nominations, according to Variety.

At least a closer look at the Annie best picture possibles is somewhat encouraging, as Pixar's brilliant and touching 'Up' as well as Wes Anderson's impossibly hip 'Fantastic Mr. Fox' made the cut. Both films were also nominated in the writing and directing categories, which bodes well for their Oscar chances, as both films deliver more than just pretty pictures.

Also nominated were the mostly positively-reviewed 'The Princess and the Frog' and the thoroughly average but fun enough 'Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs.' Hey, they can't all be top notch.

Here's a look at the feature film nominees. The Annies are scheduled to take place February 6 at UCLA's Royce Hall in Los Angeles,

Best Animated Feature
'Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs' -- Sony Pictures Animation
'Coraline' -- Laika
'Fantastic Mr. Fox' -- 20th Century Fox
'The Princess and the Frog' -- Walt Disney Animation Studios
'The Secret of Kells' -- Cartoon Saloon
'Up' -- Pixar Animation Studios

Best Animated Short Subject
'Pups of Liberty' -- Picnic Pictures
'Robot Chicken: Star Wars 2.5' -- ShadowMachine
'Santa, the Fascist Years' -- Plymptoons
'The Rooster, the Crocodile and the Night Sky' -- Barley Films
'The Story of Walls' -- Badmash Animation Studios

Animated Effects
Scott Cegielski, 'Monsters vs. Aliens' -- DreamWorks Animation
Alexander Feigin, '9' -- 9 L.L.C.
Eric Froemling, 'Up' -- Pixar Animation Studios
Tom Kluyskens, 'Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs' -- Sony Pictures Animation
James Mansfield, 'The Princess and the Frog' -- Walt Disney Animation Studios

Character Animation in a Feature Production
Andreas Deja, 'The Princess and the Frog' -- Walt Disney Animation Studios
Eric Goldberg, 'The Princess and the Frog' -- Walt Disney Animation Studios
Travis Knight, 'Coraline' -- Laika
Daniel Nguyen, 'Up' -- Pixar Animation Studios
Bruce Smith, 'The Princess and the Frog' -- Walt Disney Animation Studios

Character Design in a Feature Production
Daniel Lopez Munoz, 'Up' -- Pixar Animation Studios
Shane Prigmore, 'Coraline' -- Laika
Shannon Tindle, 'Coraline' -- Laika

Directing in a Feature Production
Wes Anderson, 'Fantastic Mr. Fox' -- 20th Century Fox
Pete Docter, 'Up' -- Pixar Animation Studios
Christopher Miller and Phil Lord, 'Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs' -- Sony Pictures Animation
Hayao Miyazaki, 'Ponyo' -- Studio Ghibli
Henry Selick, 'Coraline' -- Laika

Music in a Feature Production
Bruno Coulais, 'Coraline' -- Laika
Michael Giacchino, 'Up' -- Pixar Animation Studios
Joe Hisaishi, 'Ponyo' -- Studio Ghibli
John Powell,'Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs' -- Blue Sky Studios

Production Design in a Feature Production
Christopher Appelhans, 'Coraline' -- Laika
Ian Gooding, 'The Princess and the Frog' -- Walt Disney Animation Studios
Tadahiro Uesugi, 'Coraline' -- Laika
Christopher Vacher, '9' -- 9 L.L.C.

Storyboarding in a Feature Production
Sharon Bridgeman, 'Astro Boy' -- Imagi Studios
Chris Butler, 'Coraline' -- Laika
Ronnie Del Carmen, 'Up' -- Pixar Animation Studios
Tom Owens, Monsters vs. Aliens-- DreamWorks Animation
Peter Sohn, Up -- Pixar Animation Studios

Voice Acting in a Feature Production
Jen Cody, voice of Charlotte, The Princess and the Frog -- Walt Disney Animation Studios
Dawn French, voice of Miss Forcible, Coraline -- Laika
Hugh Laurie, voice of Dr. Cockroach Ph.D., Monsters vs. Aliens-- DreamWorks Animation
John Leguizamo, voice of Sid, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaur -- Blue Sky Studios
Jennifer Lewis, voice of Mama Odie, The Princess and the Frog -- Walt Disney Animation Studios

Writing in a Feature Production

Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach, Fantastic Mr. Fox -- 20th Century Fox
Pete Docter, Bob Peterson and Tom McCarthy, Up -- Pixar Animation Studios
Timothy Hyde Harris and David Bowers, Astro Boy -- Imagi Studios
Christopher Miller and Phil Lord, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs -- Sony Pictures Animation
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