The 43rd Annie Awards are turning to pairs of presenters rather than a traditional host for its awards ceremony on Saturday, Feb. 6, at Royce Hall on the campus of UCLA.
Comedy duo Garfunkel & Oates, also known as Riki Lindhome and Kate Micucci, are returning for a second year as presenters. They will be joined by actor, producer and director Edward James Olmos and actress Rita Moreno; Tom Kenny, the voice of SpongeBob SquarePants, and “Saturday Night Live” alum Laraine Newman, who voices Gram on Netflix’s new toon “Dawn of the Croods”; young thesps Alexander Garfin and Hadley Belle Miller, who voiced Linus and Lucy in best feature nominee “The Peanuts Movie”; veteran voice actor Kevin Michael Richardson (“Uncle Grandpa”) and composer Christophe Beck; and actress and comedian Kristen Schaal (“Bob’s Burgers”) and actress Phyllis Smith, who voices Sadness in Pixar’s “Inside Out.”
Many of the presenters are also nominees for their voice acting: Smith, Garfin and Miller for their film work; and Kenny, Newman, Richardson and Schaal for their TV work.
The Annie Awards, presented by ASIFA-Hollywood, honor excellence in the animation industry, with 36 categories including animated feature, TV series, special production, short subject and individual achievements in both film and television.
The Annies will also honor career achievement and exceptional contributions to animation with juried awards. Veteran director and co-founder of Studio Ghibli Isao Takahata; veteran animator, director and producer Phil Roman; and the late Joe Ranft, who was the head of story at Pixar before his death in 2005, will receive the Winsor McCay Award for achievement in animation. Producer Don Hahn will be honored with the June Foray Award for significant and benevolent impact on the art and industry of animation.
Vying for the animated feature trophy are “Anomalisa,” “Inside Out,” “Shaun the Sheep Movie,” “The Good Dinosaur” and “The Peanuts Movie.”
The show will be streamed live at the Annie Awards website. VIP tickets to the event are already sold out, but general admission seats are available through the UCLA box office.