Has ‘Wreck-It Ralph’ opened up breathing room with Annies win?

Terry Flores of Variety reports from tonight’s Annie Awards:

Disney wrecked it at the 40th annual Annie Awards on Saturday, taking home 10 trophies, including the top prize for its animated feature “Wreck-It Ralph.”

It was a show that spread a lot of love around the various animation studios. DreamWorks Animation picked up six Annies, mostly for its “Dragons: Riders of Berk” TV skein, which nabbed four. Nickelodeon had three wins, while Laika/Focus Features and Disney sibling Pixar picked up two apiece.

The win for “Wreck-It Ralph” leaves the question of whether it will snare the grand-daddy prize on Feb. 24. The Annies and the Oscars have had a long history of annointing the same pic with their respective trophies, however, recently the winners have ping-ponged every other year. Last year, “Rango” rode into the sunset with both kudos, but the year before saw DWA’s “How to Train Your Dragon” win the Annie, with the Oscar going to Pixar’s “Toy Story 3.”

In this year’s charge to the Academy Awards, there has been no clear favorite. So far this awards season, the wins have been spread around between “Ralph,” Disney’s “Frankenweenie” and Laika/Focus Features’ “ParaNorman.” Pixar’s “Brave” picked up the Golden Globe and DWA’s “Rise of the Guardians,” which isn’t among the Acad nominees, was a fave among various critics groups. …


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