An award is something given to a person, a group of people, or an organization to recognize their excellence in a certain field; a certificate of excellence. This is precisely what you will find here, with news and coverage around various domestic and global awards nights.

‘Big Hero 6’, ‘SpongeBob’ win big at Nickelodeon’s Kids Choice Animation Awards
3:00 pm PDT 31/03/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Nickelodeon’s 28th Annual Kids Choice Awards recently aired on Saturday night and will be available on Nickelodeon On Demand, Nick App and The awards ceremony was hosted by Favourite Male Singer pick Nick Jonas. Taking home the coveted orange blimps for the toon categories were SpongeBob SquarePants (Favourite Cartoon) and Walt Disney Animation Studio’s Big Hero 6 (Favourite Animated Movie). Angelina Jolie was named Favourite Villain for her role in Disney’s live-action Maleficent and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 swept the film category, taking home … Read More

BAFTA Games Award 2015 awards winners announced
1:30 pm PDT 13/03/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

British Academy of Film and Television Awards (BAFTA) Games Award 2015 were announced last night with alien shooter Destiny and mobile puzzler Monument Valley winning big at the awards night. The ceremony hosted by Rufus Hound saw Destiny win the Best Video Game award while the latter was awarded the Best British Game and Best Mobile and Handheld. Accepting the award Bungie’s president thanked Destiny’s players. “It’s always a labour of love that we do because of the passion of … Read More

Cartoon Network’s ‘Monster Beach’ takes home 2015 ASTRA Award
11:00 am PDT 13/03/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Cartoon Network’s first Australian content commissioned for global distribution, Monster Beach, has taken home the 2015 ASTRA Award for Most Outstanding Children’s Program. Monster Beach’s world premiere took place in Australia last Halloween after which it aired across Asia including Taiwan and Philippines and was dubbed in local languages. Later this year, it will enter the European market. The original movie was commissioned by Cartoon Network and created by Melbourne-based animation studio Bogan Entertainment Solutions (BES). Monster Beach follows two siblings who visit … Read More

Prime Focus’ Namit Malhotra congratulates Dneg team on VFX Oscar
5:00 pm PDT 24/02/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Europe’s largest and one of the most acclaimed VFX houses globally, Double Negative, part of India listed Prime Focus, the world’s largest independent and integrated media services powerhouse, has bagged the Academy Award for visual effects for their spectacular work on Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar. The award was presented to VFX Supervisors Paul Franklin (one of the founding members of Double Negative) and Andrew Lockley, SFX Supervisor Ian Hunter and New Deal Studios’ VFX Supervisor Scott Fisher at the 87th Annual … Read More

Six reasons why ‘Big Hero 6’ deserved to win the Oscar!
8:00 pm PDT 23/02/2015 By Sidharth Iyer

The moment the winner for the ‘Best Animated Feature’ category was announced at the 87th Academy Awards, it was a pleasant surprise (mostly unpleasant for many). No one in their wildest of dreams even gave this Walt Disney Animation Studios production a chance to bag the prized golden statuette. But hold on, when the same studio won the biggest honour last year for the most successful film from its studios yet – Frozen – no one raised the question of … Read More

‘Interstellar’ bags the Oscar for best visual effects at the 87th Academy Awards
8:45 am PDT 23/02/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

As the awards season culminates with the Oscars in Los Angeles at the prestigious 87th Academy Awards on the night of 22 February, the team at Double Negative (Dneg) are celebrating their triumph in arguably the toughest year for the VFX category, given the brilliant work done by all the nominees in the visual effects space. Paul Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Ian Hunter and Scott Fisher went up and received their respective golden statues, while they continued to thank Christopher Nolan for … Read More

Walt Disney Animation Studios sweeps the ‘Animation’ category at the 87th Oscars
8:30 am PDT 23/02/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

The team at Walt Disney Animation Studios must be over the moon after scoring a double whammy at the 87th Oscars in both the ‘Best Animation Feature’ and the ‘Best Animation Short’ categories. On the feature film side, Big Hero 6 brought home the Academy Award which was received by Don Hall, Chris Williams and Roy Conli. This win certainly came as a surprise as everyone from the trade and the industry never really felt this movie had a chance … Read More

Winners announced for International Emmy Kids Awards
11:00 am PDT 21/02/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences just a while back announced the winners of the 3rd International Emmy Kids Awards. Winning programs from Chile, France, Spain, Sweden, The Netherlands and the United Kingdom are: Polseres Vermelles (The Red Band Society) (Kids: Series); Wild Kids (Kids: Non-Scripted Entertainment); Mike The Knight (Kids: Pre-School); Con Que Suenas? (What’s Your Dream? Season 2), (Kids: Factual); Jungle Bunch to the Rescue (Kids: Animation) and Alles Mag (Anything Goes), (Kids: TV-Movie/Mini-Series). “There is great responsibility associated with creating content for children, and … Read More

And the Oscar for ‘Best Visual Effects’ goes to Double Negative for ‘Interstellar’
4:00 pm PDT 20/02/2015 By Sidharth Iyer

As the awards season culminates with the Oscars, and all the mega stars wait in anticipation to get recognised by the Academy in Los Angeles for the prestigious ceremony on the night of 22 February, brings you its predictions for the Visual Effects category. Let’s now take a look at the movies nominated in the ‘Best Visual Effects’ category First up, Industrial Light & Magic’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier… When this Marvel character debuted on the big screen in 2011’s … Read More

And the Oscar for ‘Best Animated Feature’ goes to Studio Ghibli’s ‘The Tale of The Princess Kaguya’
3:30 pm PDT 20/02/2015 By Sidharth Iyer

As the awards season culminates with the Oscars, and all the mega stars wait in anticipation to get recognised by the Academy in Los Angeles for the prestigious ceremony on the night of 22 February, brings you its predictions for the Animation category. Let’s first take a look at who are in the running for the ‘Best Animated Feature’ category First up, Walt Disney’s Big Hero 6… Well this movie certainly proved once again that if any animation studio can handle … Read More

Autodesk & Shotgun enable most Oscar nominated movies this year
3:30 pm PDT 19/02/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

The role of technology in the service of great storytelling continues to evolve, and this year’s Academy Award nominees reflect the impressive artistry of the global computer graphics (CG) industry. From Best Pictures and VFX, to Best Cinematography, Animated Features and Shorts, Autodesk media and entertainment software played a supporting role in the creation of many of this year’s most acclaimed movies. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences also recognized Autodesk technology with a Scientific and Technical Achievement Award … Read More

Toon Boom Animation scores at the Telly Awards for ‘The Key’
1:30 pm PDT 19/02/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

The 35th Annual Telly Awards has awarded Mark Simon and Toon Boom Animation as a winner for the animated show The Key, from over 12000 entries. The Key was created to show the power and options of the Toon Boom suite of animation software tools and the goal was to include elements such as integrating 2D and 3D elements, atmospheric mist, fire, liquid, shadows and more. “Toon Boom gave me a list of parameters they wanted to show off with … Read More