PRIZE FIGHTER: 'Frozen' wins Annie Award; 'Gravity' claims cinematography honor

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It was a big night for Disney at the Annie Awards on Saturday, as Frozen took the best picture prize and the retro-futuristic 3-D Mickey Mouse film Get a Horse! claimed the title of best short.

Meanwhile, at the American Society of Cinematographer Awards, Emmanuel “Chivo” Lubezki collected the top honor for Gravity, a groundbreaking hybrid of real actors, digital visual effects, and 3-D.

All three are leading contenders for the Oscars on March 2.

Frozen beat out Despicable Me 2, Ernest & Celestine, The Croods, and The Wind Rises  — each of which the blockbuster musical faces in the Academy’s animated feature race. At the Annie Awards, which are given out by the International Animated Film Society, the list also included the Japanese anime drama A Letter to Momo.

Get A Horse! is Walt Disney Animation Studios follow-up short to last year’s Oscar-winning Paperman. It defeated Despicable Me 2 — PuppyGloria VictoriaMy Mom is an Airplane, and The Numberlys. Only Get a Horse! is up for the Academy Award, so there’s no way to count this victory as any kind of indicator.

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Lubezki — who has six Oscar nominations, but no wins — seems to be headed for a victory at long last on his third collaboration with director Alfonso Cuaron (they previously worked together on 1995′s A Little Princess and 2006′s Children of Men.)

At the ASC awards, he was up against:

Sean Bobbitt, 12 Years a Slave
Barry Ackroyd, Captain Phillips
Philippe Le Sourd, The Grandmaster
Bruno Delbonnel, Inside Llewyn Davis
Phedon Papamichael, Nebraska
Roger Deakins, Prisoners

At the Oscars, Lubezki faces everyone except 12 Years a Slave‘s Bobbitt and Captain Phillips‘ Ackroyd, so his victory on Saturday has some weight as a gauge for how the Oscar voters may go. Most Academy voters consider him the easy winner this year. For a compelling sampler of his work on Gravity, check out the video below.

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