"A Letter to Momo," "Despicable Me 2," "Ernest & Celestine," "Frozen," "Monsters University," "The Croods" and "The Wind Rises" have earned nominations for best animated film feature for the 41st Annie Awards.
The Annie Awards, which are presented by the International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood, announced nominations Monday in 30 categories for film, TV production, commercials, short subjects, video games, student films and honorary and achievement awards.
The awards ceremony is Feb. 1 at UCLA's Royce Hall.
Other nominations announced Monday:
Animated special production: "Chipotle Scarecrow"; "Listening Is an Act of Love"; "Room on the Broom"; "Toy Story of Terror!"
Animated short subject: "Despicable Me 2-Puppy"; "Get a Horse!"; "Gloria Victoria"; My Mom Is an Airplane"; "The Numberlys."
Directing in an animated feature production: Chris Sanders, Kirk De Micco, "The Croods"; David Soren, "Turbo"; Chris Wedge, "Epic"; Benjamin Renner, Vincent Patar, Stephane Aubier, "Ernest & Celestine"; Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee "Frozen."
Voice acting in an animated feature: Paul Giamatti as the voice of Chet, "Turbo"; Terry Crews as the voice of Earl, "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2"; Kristen Wiig as the voice of Lucy, "Despicable Me 2"; Steve Carell as the voice of Gru, "Despicable Me 2"; Pierre Coffin as the voice of Minions, "Despicable Me 2"; Billy Crystal as the voice of Mike, "Monsters University"; Josh Gad as the voice of Olaf, "Frozen."
Juried awards, honoring career achievement and exceptional contributions to animation, were also announced Monday. Katsuhiro Otomo, Steven Spielberg and Phil Tippett have been selected to receive the Winsor McCay Award for career contributions to animation. The June Foray Award recipient is Alice Davis for "her significant and benevolent or charitable impact on the art and industry of animation," and the Certificate of Merit goes to the documentary "I Know That Voice."
The Annies and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences don't always see eye-to-eye. The 2011 Western comedy "Rango" won the Annie and the Oscar for best animated feature, but the 2012 hit "Wreck-It Ralph," which won five Annies in February including best film, lost the best animated feature Academy Award to "Brave."
For a complete list of nominees, click here.