Annie Award for Directing in a Feature Production

Annie Award
41st Annie Awards
Awarded for Excellence in film animation
Country  United States
Presented by ASIFA-Hollywood
First awarded 1996
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The Annie Award for Directing in a Feature Production (or Annie Award for Directing in an Animated Feature Production) is an Annie Award, awarded annually to the best animated feature film and introduced in 1996. It reward directing for animated feature films. The recipients are directors as well as co-directors.

The award was formerly called Best Individual Achievement: Directing in 1996,[1] Best Individual Achievement: Directing in a Feature Production in 1997,[2] and Outstanding Individual Achievement for Directing in an Animated Feature Production from 1998 to 2001.[3]

The award has matched up with the Annie Award for Best Animated Feature every year except for 1997, 2006 and 2011. It has been awarded 15 times. John Lasseter and Lee Unkrich have won it twice, and Brad Bird hold a record of three wins.

Winners and nominees


Year Recipient Motion Picture
1996 John Lasseter Toy Story
1997 Ron Clements and John Musker Hercules
Mark Dindal Cats Don't Dance
Bruce W. Smith and Tony Cervone Space Jam
1998 Tony Bancroft and Barry Cook Mulan
Don Bluth and Gary Goldman Anastasia
Karl Geurs Pooh's Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin
Andy Knight Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas
1999 Brad Bird The Iron Giant
Chris Buck and Kevin Lima Tarzan
Brenda Chapman, Steve Hickner and Simon Wells The Prince of Egypt
Eric Darnell and Tim Johnson Antz
John Lasseter and Andrew Stanton A Bug's Life


Year Recipient Motion Picture
2000 John Lasseter, Ash Brannon and Lee Unkrich Toy Story 2
Jun Falkenstein The Tigger Movie
Hayao Miyazaki Princess Mononoke
Eric Leighton and Ralph Zondag Dinosaur
Peter Lord and Nick Park Chicken Run
2001 Andrew Adamson and Vicky Jenson Shrek
Mark Dindal The Emperor's New Groove
Curt Geda Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker
Darrell Rooney and Jeannine Roussel Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure
2002 Hayao Miyazaki Spirited Away
Ron Clements and John Musker Treasure Planet
Pete Docter, Lee Unkrich and David Silverman Monsters, Inc.
Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois Lilo & Stitch
Chris Wedge and Carlos Saldanha Ice Age
2003 Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich Finding Nemo
Sylvain Chomet The Triplets of Belleville
Eric Goldberg Looney Tunes: Back in Action
Satoshi Kon Millennium Actress
2004 Brad Bird The Incredibles
Andrew Adamson, Kelly Asbury and Conrad Vernon Shrek 2
Will Finn and John Sanford Home on the Range
Stephen Hillenburg The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie
Mamoru Oshii Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence
2005 Nick Park and Steve Box Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
Mike Johnson and Tim Burton Corpse Bride
Hayao Miyazaki Howl's Moving Castle
2006 Tim Johnson and Karey Kirkpatrick Over the Hedge
David Bowers and Sam Fell Flushed Away
Gil Kenan Monster House
John Lasseter Cars
Carlos Saldanha Ice Age: The Meltdown
2007 Brad Bird Ratatouille
Ash Brannon and Chris Buck Surf's Up
Chris Miller and Raman Hui Shrek the Third
Vincent Paronnaud and Marjane Satrapi Persepolis
David Silverman The Simpsons Movie
2008 Mark Osborne and John Wayne Stevenson Kung Fu Panda
Ari Folman Waltz with Bashir
Tatia Rosenthal $9.99
Andrew Stanton WALL-E
Rob Stevenhagen and Sam Fell The Tale of Despereaux
2009 Pete Docter Up
Wes Anderson Fantastic Mr. Fox
Christopher Miller and Phil Lord Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
Hayao Miyazaki Ponyo
Henry Selick Coraline


Year Recipient Motion Picture
2010 Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders How to Train Your Dragon
Sylvain Chomet The Illusionist
Mamoru Hosoda Summer Wars
Chris Renaud and Pierre Coffin Despicable Me
Lee Unkrich Toy Story 3
2011 Jennifer Yuh Nelson Kung Fu Panda 2
Kelly Asbury Gnomeo & Juliet
Stephen J. Anderson and Don Hall Winnie the Pooh
Chris Miller Puss in Boots
Carlos Saldanha Rio
Gore Verbinski Rango
2012 Rich Moore Wreck-It Ralph
Genndy Tartakovsky Hotel Transylvania
Joann Sfar and Antoine Delesvaux The Rabbi’s Cat
Sam Fell and Chris Butler ParaNorman
Rémi Bezançon and Jean-Christophe Lie Zarafa
2013 Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee Frozen
Kirk De Micco and Chris Sanders The Croods
David Soren Turbo
Chris Wedge Epic
Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar, and Benjamin Renner Ernest & Celestine
2014 Dean DeBlois How to Train Your Dragon 2
Don Hall & Chris Williams Big Hero 6
Bill Plympton Cheatin'
Tomm Moore Song of the Sea
Jorge R. Gutierrez The Book of Life
Anthony Stacchi & Graham Annable The Boxtrolls
Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, Directors; Chris McKay, Co-Director The LEGO Movie
Isao Takahata The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
2015 Pete Docter Inside Out
Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson Anomalisa
Raul Garcia Extroardinary Tales
Roger Allers The Prophet
Mark Burton and Richard Starzak Shaun the Sheep Movie
Steve Martino The Peanuts Movie
Hiromasa Yonebayashi When Marnie Was There


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