I've got a lot of love for Summer Wars, as you can tell, and so should a lot of you! I've also got a lot of love for Mamoru Hosada, director of said film, as well as The Girl Who Leapt Through Time ,which I know a lot of you love too, and Digimon: The Movie.
Now, I've also got a lot...a lot...of love for Toy Story 3, and even the film How to Train Your Dragon. When you pit those three up against each other, as well as a couple of other animated films, you have a somewhat heated selection for this years' Annie Awards "Best Directing in a Featured Production" nominations.
While we know that the Annie's are no Oscars, they are THE awards when it comes to animated cinema, and are still fairly huge in terms of honor. Considering that the last anime to be nominated in this spot was Spirited Away in 2001, there's plenty reason to be excited for FUNimation and Hosoda. Other directors included in the nomination are Pierre Coffin for Despicable Me, and Sylvain Chomet for The Illusionist.
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