Monday morning, the International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood, announced nominations today for its 42nd Annual Annie Awards, recognizing the year’s best in the field of animation. Leading the pack with 13 nominations, including a nod for Best Animated Feature, is Laika Animation's "The Boxtrolls." Dreamworks Animation's "How to Train Your Dragon 2" followed with 10 nominations, joining "Boxtrolls" in the Character Animation, Animation Effects, and Best Feature categories. 

Rounding out the organization's big prize are "Big Hero 6" (seven nominations), "Cheatin'" (three), "Song of the Sea" (seven), "The Book of Life" (five), "The LEGO Movie" (six), and "The Tale of Kaguya" (three). The Annie Awards also announced nominations in TV, video game and short subject categories.

“We had a steady increase in submissions this year and I am excited to say it’s going to be a great awards ceremony,” remarked ASIFA-Hollywood Executive Director, Frank Gladstone. “We added a new category to the mix – Best Character Animation in a Video Game – bringing the total Annie categories to 36. The Annies are a true celebration of the best talent in the animation industry, from big studio features to indie films, television series to internet shows, games, shorts and student films alike, as well as a wonderful group of juried award recipients again this year.” 

The Annie Awards will announce the winners of its 36 categories at a black tie ceremony on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015.

See the full list of nominations below:

Production Categories

Best Animated Feature
"Big Hero 6"
"The Book of Life"
"The Boxtrolls"
"How to Train Your Dragon 2"
"The LEGO Movie"
"Song of the Sea"
"The Tale of Princess Kaguya"

Best Animated Special Production
"Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey"
"Dawn of the Dragon Racers"
"How Murray Saved Christmas"
"Toy Story That Time Forgot"

Best Animated Short Subject
"Inside Homer - The Simpsons Couch Gag (Episode #549)"
"Me and My Moulton"
"The Dam Keeper"
"The Raven"

Best Animated Television/Broadcast Commercial
"Citizen M: 'Swan Song'"
"Flight of the Stories"
"LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham"

Best Animated Television/Broadcast Production For Preschool Children
"Doc McStuffins"
"Peter Rabbit"
"Tumble Leaf"
"Zack & Quack"

Best Animated Television/Broadcast Production For a Children's Audience
"Adventure Time"
"Gravity Falls"
"Legend of Korra"
"Over The Garden Wall"
"Wander Over Yonder"

Best General Audience Animated Television/Broadcast Production
"Back To Backspace"
"Bob's Burgers"
"Rick and Morty"
"Mike Tyson Mysteries"
"Regular Show"
"The Simpsons"

Best Video Game
"Child of Light"
"Forza Horizon 2"
"Valiant Hearts: The Great War"

Best Student Film
"After School"
"Dead Over Heels"
"El Coyote"
"Frog's Legs"
"My Big Brother"
"Tiny Nomad"

Check out the rest of the nominations, including achievements in design and directing, on the next page.

Matt Patches is a writer and reporter based in New York. His work has appeared on Grantland, New York Magazine's Vulture,, and The Hollywood Reporter. He thinks Groundhog Day is perfect.