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“Finding Nemo” left the competition awash at the 31st annual Annie Awards on Saturday. The Disney/Pixar film took nine trophies, winning in every category in which it was nominated.

In all, pic was nominated 12 times, with multiple mentions in the f/x and character animation categories.

“Nemo” also took home wins for animated feature, directing, production design, writing and music.

On the TV end, the big sweep came from long-running series “The Simpsons,” which won four awards including primetime animated program, for the 11th straight year.

Additional kudos were awarded to “Animatrix” (home entertainment production); “Boundin” (short); “The Jungle Book 2″ (storyboarding, film); “The Fairly Oddparents” (storyboarding, TV), Lamisil: “It’s Alive” (TV commercial); and winning two awards each were, “The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron Boy Genius” (children’s TV, voice acting) and “Samurai Jack” (production design, character design).

Honorees of the special juried awards include Gene Deitch, Thurl Ravenscroft, Martha Sigall, Scott Johnston, David Derks, the team of Mike Judge and Don Hertzfeldt and John Hench, who died Thursday at 95.

Marty Sklar, VP and principal creative executive for Walt Disney Imagineering, accepted Hench’s award. In addition, Roy Disney hosted a tribute, accompanied by a clip roll for Hench, an employee of the Mouse House for more than 60 years.

31st ANNUAL ANNIE AWARD WINNERS

Outstanding Achievement in an Animated Theatrical Feature

“Finding Nemo” – Pixar Animation Studios

Outstanding Achievement in an Animated Home Entertainment Production

“The Animatrix” – Silver Pictures/Warner Home Video

Outstanding Achievement in an Animated Short Subject

“Boundin” – Pixar Animation Studios

Outstanding Achievement in an Animated Television Commercial

Lamisil: “It’s Alive” – Wild Brain Inc.

Outstanding Achievement in an Animated Television Production

“The Simpsons” – Gracie Films

Outstanding Achievement in an Animated Television Production Produced For Children

“The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius” – Nickelodeon & DNA Productions

Character Animation

Doug Sweetland “Finding Nemo”

Character Design in an Animated Feature Production

Ricky Nierva “Finding Nemo”

Character Design in an Animated Television Production

Andy Suriano “Samurai Jack – Episode XXXV”

Directing in an Animated Feature Production

Andrew Stanton & Lee Unkrich “Finding Nemo”

Directing in an Animated Television Production

Steven Dean Moore – The Simpsons: “‘Scuse Me While I Miss The Sky”

Effects Animation

Martin Nguyen – “Finding Nemo”

Music in an Animated Feature Production

Thomas Newman “Finding Nemo”

Music in an Animated Television Production

Alf Clausen, Ian Maxtone-Graham, Ken Keeler – The Simpsons episode “Dude, Where’s My Ranch”

Production Design in an Animated Feature Production

Ralph Eggleston – “Finding Nemo”

Production Design in an Animated Television Production

Scott Wills – “Samurai Jack – The Birth of Evil”

Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production

Sharon Forward – “The Jungle Book 2″

Storyboarding in an Animated Television Production

Dave Thomas – “The Fairly OddParents – Pipe Down”

Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production

Ellen DeGeneres as the voice of Dory – “Finding Nemo”

Voice Acting in an Animated Television Production

Jeff Garcia as the voice of Sheen Estevez – “The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron – Nightmare in Retroville”

Writing in an Animated Feature Production

Andrew Stanton, Bob Peterson, Dave Reynolds – “Finding Nemo”

Writing in an Animated Television Production

Matt Warburton – “The Simpsons – Three Gays of the Condo”

JURIED AWARDS

June Foray Award
Significant and benevolent or charitable impact on the art and industry of animation.

Martha Sigall

Winsor McCay Award
Recognition of lifetime or career contributions to the art of animation

Gene Deitch
John Hench
Thurl Ravenscroft

Ub Iwerks Award

Scott Johnston

Certificate of Merit

David Derks & Mike Judge/Don Hertzfeldt (Team)

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