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2021 Annie Awards nominations: Oscar frontrunners ‘Soul’ and ‘Wolfwalkers’ lead with 10 each

2021 Annie Awards nominations: Oscar frontrunners ‘Soul’ and ‘Wolfwalkers’ lead with 10 each

Our frontrunners for Best Animated Feature at the Oscars, “Soul” and “Wolfwalkers,” lead the roster of contenders at the 48th annual Annie Awards with 10 nominations each. “Onward” earned a lucky seven nominations while “The Willoughbys” and “The Croods: A New Age” are right behind with six apiece.

All of these films except “Wolfwalkers” contend for Best Studio Animated Feature; that race is rounded out by four-time nominee “Trolls: World Tour.” “Wolfwalkers” is up for Best Independent Feature alongside “A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon,” “Calamity Jane,” “On-Gaku: Our Sound” and “Ride Your Wave.”

Six of the last 10 Annie Awards champs have lined up with the Oscars: “Rango” (2012), “Frozen” (2014), “Inside Out” (2016), “Zootopia” (2017), “Coco” (2018) and “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” (2019).

In 2020, “Klaus” was the tops with the Annies but it was “Toy Story 4” that took home the top Oscar. Back in 2011, “How to Train Your Dragon” won over the Annies while the academy embraced “Toy Story 3.

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