‘Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse’ tops Annie Awards 2024

It was a night of animated excellence at the 51st Annual Annie Awards as the much-acclaimed sequel ‘Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse’ swung to an impressive victory, securing a total of seven awards, including the coveted Best Picture. This prestigious event recognizes the year’s finest achievements in animation, celebrating the artistry and dedication of animators worldwide.

Among the evening’s big winners, Sony’s sequel to 2018’s ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ not only captivated audiences upon its release in June 2023 but also won over the voting committee with its vibrant visuals and ambitious storytelling. The film, which expanded upon the multiverse narrative introduced in its predecessor, continues to follow the thrilling escapades of Miles Morales within the Sony Spider-Man Universe (SSU). Fans can look forward to even more exhilarating action as the next installment, ‘Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse,’ is currently in the works.

Beyond the realm of blockbuster features, the Annie Awards also shined a light on smaller-scale productions. ‘Robot Dreams,’ a poignant Spanish-French animated drama directed by Pablo Berger, was recognized as the Best Animated Feature in the independent category. Meanwhile, the legendary Hayao Miyazaki left his mark once again as his film ‘The Boy and the Heron’ scooped up two awards for its storyboarding and character animation, cementing Miyazaki’s continued influence on the world of animation.

Meanwhile, Netflix left its own significant footprint in the television categories with ‘Blue Eye Samurai,’ a series that adeptly blended mature themes with stylish animation, leading it to dominate with six awards under its belt. This achievement punctuates the streaming giant’s continued investment and success in animated series.

The night was also notable for a host of other achievements across a diverse range of categories, reflecting the breadth of talent within the industry. Wins included Best Special Production for ‘Snoopy Presents: One-Of-A-Kind Marcie’ and Best Short Subject for ‘War Is Over! Inspired By The Music Of John & Yoko.’ Other accolades celebrated the technical aspects, such as Best Fx both in TV/Media for ‘Blue Eye Samurai’ and in Feature for ‘Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse,’ highlighting the role of visual effects in bringing animated tales to life.

Character-driven stories are at the heart of animation, and the awards reflected this with ‘The Boy And The Heron’ and ‘Marvel’s Spider-Man 2’ both receiving honors for Best Character Animation in their respective categories. Furthermore, the evolution of design and direction in animation was lauded, with ‘Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse’ and ‘Star Wars: Visions’ each winning for Best Character Design and Best Direction, showcasing the meticulous craftsmanship that goes into creating such imaginative worlds.

The ceremony also did not overlook the importance of music and writing in animation, with the same Spider-Man title winning for Best Music – Feature, and Netflix’s ‘Nimona’ winning for both Best Voice Acting – Feature and Best Writing – Feature. These awards highlight the collaborative process of creating an animated feature, where every element, from voice to soundtrack to script, works in harmony to create a compelling narrative.

Furthermore, ‘Moon Girl And Devil Dinosaur’ and ‘Kizazi Moto: Generation Fire’ were recognized in respective TV/Media categories, demonstrating the variety and depth of storytelling. As the night came to a close, it was evident that the future of animation is both bright and diverse, with styles, stories, and character portrayals pushing the envelope of this energetic art form.

As the industry looks forward to yet another year of innovative storytelling and stunning visuals, ‘Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse’ stands as a testament to the limitless possibilities of the animated medium, setting a high bar for future endeavors. The Annie Awards have once again heralded the artistic achievements that will inspire animators and audiences for years to come.

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