The nominees for the 49th Annual Annie Awards have been announced and Disney has picked up almost 50 nominations for its films, shorts and series.

This year’s ceremony is scheduled to return Live on Saturday, February 26th, 2022 at UCLA’s Royce Hall. Pre-reception and Red Carpet at 4:30 p.m., followed by the ceremony at 7 p.m., and after party immediately following the ceremony.

“Raya And The Last Dragon” picked up ten nominations, including Best Feature, Best Character Animation and Best Direction – Feature.


Disney’s “Encanto” picked up nine nominations, also for Best Feature.

With Pixar’s “Luca” also picking up eight nominations, including Best Feature and Best Direction – Feature.


Other nominees include “Muppet Babies”, “Amphibia”, “Bob’s Burgers”,

Many Disney+ Originals also picked up some nominations including “Dug Days”, “Star Wars: Visions”,”Flora & Ulysses”, “Y: The Last Man”, “What If?” and “WandaVision”.

Disney Studios films also picked up some nominations for visual effects including “Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings”, “Ron’s Gone Wrong”, and more.


Frank Gladstone, Annies executive producer said in a statement:

“In spite of everything or maybe because of what we and the world around us have been through for nearly two years, we all want to return to some sort of normal. 2021 brought another increase in Annie Awards submissions, ASIFA memberships and ongoing sponsorships, so we are planning to return to UCLA’s Royce Hall for an in-person event with all the trimmings. It is our job to celebrate our community and our accomplishments…and we will continue to fulfill that mission!”

The Annie Awards cover 36 categories and include Best Animated Feature, Best Animated Feature-Independent, Special Productions, Sponsored Films, Short Subjects, Student Films and Outstanding Individual Achievements, as well as the honorary Juried Awards.

Juried Awards will be presented during the ceremony, honoring unparalleled achievement and exceptional contributions to animation. The Winsor McCay Award in recognition of lifetime or career contributions are being presented to three recipients – Ruben Aquino, legendary Disney animator; Lillian Schwartz, computer animation pioneer; and Toshio Suzuki, prolific Studio Ghibli producer. The June Foray Award for significant and benevolent or charitable impact will be awarded to Renzo & Sayoko Kinoshita, influential animation filmmakers and founders of the Hiroshima International Animation Festival. The Ub Iwerks Award for technical advancement will be presented to Python Foundation, promoting, protecting and advancing the open-source Python programming language, and facilitating the growth of the diverse Python community; and The Special Achievement Award recognizing unique and outstanding achievement not recognized within the existing award category structure will be presented to Glen Vilppu, artist and author internationally known for teaching and training animation professionals. The Certificate of Merit for service to the art and industry will be presented to Evan Vernon.


ASIFA-Hollywood is the world’s first and foremost professional organization dedicated to promoting the Art of Animation and celebrating the people who create it. Today, ASIFA-Hollywood, the largest chapter of the international organization ASIFA, supports a range of animation activities and preservation efforts through its membership. Current initiatives include the Animation Archive, Animation Aid Foundation, animated film preservation, animation open source support, special events, classes and screenings.

The complete list of nominees follows:


Best Feature

  • Encanto
  • Luca
  • Raya and the Last Dragon
  • Sing 2
  • The Mitchells vs. The Machines

Best Indie Feature

  • Belle
  • Flee
  • Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko
  • Pompo the Cinephile
  • The Summit of the Gods

Best Special Production

  • For Auld Lang Syne
  • La Vie de Château
  • Mum Is Pouring Rain
  • Namoo
  • The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf

Best Short Subject

  • Bestia
  • Easter Eggs
  • MAALBEEK
  • Night Bus
  • Steakhouse

Best Sponsored

  • A Future Begins
  • Fleet Foxes – Featherweight
  • The Good Guest Guide to Japan
  • Tiptoe & The Flying Machine
  • Wandavision – “Don’t Touch that Dial” Title Sequence


Best TV/Media – Preschool

  • Ada Twist, Scientist
  • Muppet Babies.
  • ODO
  • Stillwater
  • Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum

Best TV/Media – Children

  • Amphibia
  • Carmen Sandiego
  • Dug Days
  • Maya and the Three
  • We the People


Best TV/Media – General Audience

  • Arcane
  • Bob’s Burgers
  • Love, Death + Robots
  • Star Wars: Visions
  • Tuca & Bertie


Best Student Film

  • A Film About A Pudding
  • HOPE
  • I Am A Pebble
  • Night of the Living Dread
  • Slouch

Best FX – TV/Media

  • Arcane
  • Castlevania
  • Maya and the Three
  • Shaun The Sheep: The Flight Before Christmas
  • Trollhunters: Rise of the Titans

Best FX – Feature

  • Belle
  • Encanto
  • Raya and the Last Dragon
  • The Mitchells vs. The Machines
  • Vivo

Best Character Animation – TV/Media

  • Arcane
  • Love, Death + Robots Episode: All Through the House
  • Namoo
  • We the People

Best Character Animation – Feature

  • Encanto
  • Luca
  • Raya and the Last Dragon
  • The Boss Baby: Family Business
  • Wish Dragon

Best Character Animation – Live Action

  • Flora & Ulysses
  • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
  • The Suicide Squad
  • The Tomorrow
  • Y: The Last Man


Best Character Animation – Video Game

  • Disney Wonderful Worlds
  • It Takes Two
  • Kena: Bridge of Spirits
  • Madrid Noir
  • Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart

Best Character Design – TV/Media

  • Arcane
  • Batman: The Long Halloween
  • Kid Cosmic
  • Maya and the Three Episode
  • Yuki 7

Best Character Design – Feature

  • Luca
  • Raya and the Last Dragon
  • Ron’s Gone Wrong
  • The Mitchells vs. The Machines
  • Vivo


Best Direction – TV/ Media

  • Amphibia – Jenn Strickland, Kyler Spears
  • Arcane – Pascal Charue, Arnaud Delord, Barthelemy Maunoury
  • Crossing Swords – John Harvatine, Brad Schaffer, Ethan Marak
  • Hilda and the Mountain King – Andy Coyle
  • Maya and the Three Episode – Jorge R. Gutierrez

Best Direction – Feature

  • Belle – Mamoru Hosoda
  • Encanto – Jared Bush, Byron Howard, Charise Castro Smith
  • Flee – Jonas Poher Rasmussen, Kenneth Ladekjaer
  • Luca – Enrico Casarosa
  • The Mitchells vs. The Machines – Mike Rianda, Jeff Rowe

Best Music – TV/ Media

  • Blush
  • Hilda and the Mountain King
  • Maya and the Three
  • Mila
  • Mira, Royal Detective

Best Music – Feature

  • Encanto
  • Luca
  • Poupelle of Chimney Town
  • Raya and the Last Dragon
  • Vivo

Best Production Design – TV/Media

  • Arcane
  • Arlo the Alligator Boy Episode: Broadcast Special
  • Love, Death + Robots Episode: Ice
  • Maya and the Three
  • Yuki 7

Best Production Design – Feature

  • Belle
  • Raya and the Last Dragon
  • Ron’s Gone Wrong
  • The Mitchells vs. The Machines
  • Vivo

Best Storyboarding – TV/Media

  • Arcane
  • Invincible
  • Kid Cosmic
  • Love, Death + Robots
  • The Ghost and Molly McGee


Best Storyboarding – Feature

  • Encanto
  • Raya and the Last Dragon
  • Spirit Untamed
  • The Addams Family 2
  • Vivo

Best Voice Acting – TV/Media

  • Arcane – Ella Purnell
  • Arlo the Alligator Boy – Michael J. Woodard
  • Centaurworld – Parvesh Cheena
  • DC Super Hero Girls – Kemberly Brooks
  • Trollhunters: Rise of the Titans – Charlie Saxton

Best Voice Acting – Feature

  • Encanto – John Leguizamo
  • Encanto – Stephanie Beatriz
  • Luca – Jack Dylan Grazer
  • Raya and the Last Dragon – Kelly Marie Tran
  • The Mitchells vs. The Machines – Abbi Jacobson

Best Writing – TV/ Media

  • Arcane
  • Maya and the Three
  • Muppet Babies
  • The Mighty Ones
  • Tuca & Bertie

Best Writing – Feature

  • Belle
  • Flee
  • Luca
  • Raya and the Last
  • The Mitchells vs. The Machines

Best Editorial – TV/ Media

  • Amphibia
  • Arlo the Alligator Boy
  • Love, Death + Robots
  • Tom and Jerry in New York
  • What If…?


Best Editorial – Feature

  • Encanto
  • Flee
  • Luca
  • Raya and the Last Dragon
  • The Mitchells vs. The Machines

What do you think is going to win?











Roger Palmer

Roger has been a Disney fan since he was a kid and this interest has grown over the years. He has visited Disney Parks around the globe and has a vast collection of Disney movies and collectibles. He is the owner of What's On Disney Plus & DisKingdom. Email: Roger@WhatsOnDisneyPlus.com Twitter: Twitter.com/RogPalmerUK Facebook: Facebook.com/rogpalmeruk

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