The 16th Annual Hollywood Film Festival and Hollywood Film Awards, announced that DreamWorks Animation’s Rise of the Guardians will receive this year’s Hollywood Animation Award at the festival’s gala ceremony, Oct. 22, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
Directed by Peter Ramsey and written by Pulitzer Prize-winner David Lindsay-Abaire (Rabbit Hole), Rise of the Guardians is based on the highly-acclaimed series of children’s books by William Joyce. Joyce, won an Oscar last year for his animated short The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore. Rise of the Guardians stars the voice talents of Chris Pine, Alec Baldwin, Hugh Jackman, Isla Fisher and Jude Law. Produced by Christina Steinberg and Nancy Bernstein and executive produced by Guillermo del Toro, Michael Siegel, and William Joyce, the DreamWorks Animation feature film will be released by Paramount Pictures Nov. 21.
“This award is a testament to the vision and dedication of our director Peter Ramsey and our producers Christina Steinberg and Nancy Bernstein, who saw in William Joyce’s beautifully written books a truly magical world that he was able to bring to life with the help of David Lindsay-Abaire’s wonderful screenplay and, of course, the outstanding work by his entire filmmaking team,” said Bill Damaschke, chief creative officer at DreamWorks Animation. “We could not be more proud of the movie, or this recognition, and we thank Carlos and the Hollywood Film Awards for this great honor.”
Past recipients of the Hollywood Animation Award include Cars, Rango, Ratatouille, Toy Story 3, UP and Wall-E.