Disney Pixar Withdraws From Animation Awards

This year saw a major change for Disney Pixar as they intentionally withdrew from the Hollywood chapter of the International Animated Film Society. The Society hands out annual awards, more commonly known as Annie Awards, for achievements in animation.

The announcement appears to come after years of building frustration on Pixar's part with the way the society judges and elects winners of their Annie Awards. Disney Pixar, feeling more voting power has been given over the years to rival studio DreamWorks, has sought change in the society's voting process. While they have expressed their discontentment over studios' abilities to buy into society membership and voting priviledges, no policy changes have been made or implemented by the society. This, in turn, prompted Disney Pixar to withdraw from further consideration for future Annie Awards.

Disney Pixar has taken home top honors six out of the last ten awards' seasons. Last year's "Up" lost to DreamWorks' "Kung Fu Panda."

Source: NY Times

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