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Posted at 5:30 AM ET, 02/ 7/2010

OSCAR BUZZ: 'Up's' Annie Award bodes well for Oscars

By Michael Cavna

Disney/Pixar's "Up" continues its sure-footed march toward Oscar gold.

On Saturday night, "Up" won for best animated feature at the 37th annual Annie Awards on the UCLA campus, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Since the Academy Awards began its separate animated-feature category in 2002, most Annie best-feature winners have gone on to win the animated Oscar, too. (A notable exception: Dreamworks's "Kung Fu Panda" won the big Annie last year; Pixar's "Wall*E" got payback come Oscar time.)

The Annies, presented by by ASIFA-Hollywood -- L.A.'s chapter of the International Animated Film Society -- are awarded to animated features, TV and commercials.

"Up," which is up for five Oscars, including Best Picture, also won an Annie for Pete Docter's direction.

At the Academy Awards, "Up" will compete for best animated feature against "Coraline," "Fantastic Mr. Fox," "The Princess and the Frog" and "The Secret of Kells."

"Coraline" and "The Princess and the Frog" each won three Annies last night.

In other honors: Tim Burton, Jeffrey Katzenberg and Bruce Timm each received the Winsor McCay Award; William T. Reeves received the Ub Iwerks Award; and Tom Sito won the June Foray Award.

By Michael Cavna  | February 7, 2010; 5:30 AM ET
Categories:  The Animation  | Tags:  Coraline, Pixar, The Princess and the Frog, Up  
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