Edward James Olmos (“The Simpsons”) honored animation legend Phil Roman with the Winsor McCay lifetime achievement award on Saturday night at the 43rd Annie Awards in Los Angeles, California, that included 36 award categories. To take you there, watch our red carpet interview VIDEO: Annie Awards 2016 Edward James Olmos honors Phil Roman.
When asked about the evening’s highlights, Edward James Olmos told Animator Dani Bowman, “I’m here to present the Winsor Award to Phil Roman.” Edward has been working at Disney for over 20 years, and added, “I’ve been doing voices for animation. I’ve been producing films. Phil and I just finished an animated film that will be coming out in probably June or July called ‘El Americano’ for children.”
Phil Roman started working in the animation world sixty years ago in 1955 at Disney. During our red carpet interview, Phil expanded on his incredible career with works that have been seen in every U.S. household, “I directed Charlie Browns. I animated Tom and Jerrys. I was an animator on The Grinch Who Stole Christmas. I directed The Peanuts specials, and then I had my own studio producing Garfield and many other things.”
In addition to Phil Roman, this year’s Juried Award recipients of the Winsor McCay lifetime achievement award also included Joe Ranft (posthumously, “Toy Story”) and Isao Takahata (“Grave of the Fireflies”). Don Hahn (“The Lion King”) was this year’s June Foray Award recipient, which honors an individual who has given significant and benevolent contributions to the art and industry of animation.
It was also great to see the hilarious writer Tom Kenny (“SpongeBob SquarePants”) and actress Kristen Schaal (“Bob’s Burgers”) as Winsor McCay lifetime achievement award presenters after meeting them at Comic-Con International.
During the walk from the red carpet to the ceremony in Royce Hall, we were fortunate to meet Matt Groening (“The Simpsons”), who was busy greeting many of his fellow animators.
Once the 2016 Annie Awards started, it was wild to hear the teams of animators cheering for each other as each nomination was called.
Pixar Animation Studios was the big winner. ‘Inside Out’ received Best Animated Feature, along with 11 other categories, including Outstanding Music – Michael Giacchino; Outstanding Editing – Kevin Nolting; Outstanding Production Design – Ralph Eggleston; Outstanding Voice Acting – Phyllis Smith (“The Office”) as ‘Sadness’; Outstanding Writing – Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve and Josh Cooley; and Best Directing – Pete Docter.
The Best Animated Special Production was awarded to ‘He Named Me Malala’ (Parkes-MacDonald/Little Door); Best Animated Short Subject ‘World of Tomorrow’ (Don Hertzfeldt); Best Animated TV/Broadcast Commercial ‘Man and Dog’ (Psyop); Best General Audience Animated TV/Broadcast Production for Preschool Children ‘Tumble Leaf’ – Mirror (Amazon Studios and Bix Pix Entertainment); Best Animated TV/Broadcast Production for Children ‘Wander Over Yonder’ – The Breakfast (Disney Television Animation); Best Animated TV/Broadcast Production for a General Audience ‘The Simpsons’ – Halloween of Horror (Gracie Films in Association with 20th Century Fox Television); Outstanding Achievement for Character Animation in a Live Action Production: ‘The Revenant’ – The Bear (Regency Enterprises, New Regency Pictures, Anonymous Content, M Productions, Appian Way, RatPac-Dune Entertainment; and Best Student Film ‘ed’ (Sheridan College – Taha Neyestani).
“The Annies are drawing more attention from both our industry and the general motion picture industry,” said ASIFA-Hollywood Executive Director, Frank Gladstone. “We wait all year for this event and it never disappoints! It was a fun evening looking back at our history and celebrating what we have accomplished over this past year.”
© @LizHKelly National Digital Entertainment Columnist 2016