Frozen II and Missing Link land top animation nominations

Frozen II and Missing Link will lead the way at the 2020 Annie Awards after each landed eight nominations.The two films will battle it out for the coveted Best Feature prize at the annual celebration of animated releases, going up against How to Train …

Frozen II and Missing Link will lead the way at the 2020 Annie Awards after each landed eight nominations.

The two films will battle it out for the coveted Best Feature prize at the annual celebration of animated releases, going up against How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, Toy Story 4, and Klaus.

They will also face off for Best Character Animation – Animated Feature, Best FX for Feature, and Best Direction – Feature, with Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck recognised for the Frozen sequel, and Chris Butler for Missing Link.

Among the Disney blockbuster’s other nods are for Best Music – Feature, Best Writing – Feature, and Best Voice Acting – Feature for Josh Gad, who provides the vocals for Olaf.

The Secret Life of Pets 2’s Jenny Slate and Toy Story 4’s Tony Hale are also nominated in the latter category.

Meanwhile, the films shortlisted for the Best Indie Feature include Bunuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles, I Lost My Body, Okko’s Inn, Promare, and Weathering with You.

The winners will be announced at the 47th Annual Annie Awards in Los Angeles on 25 January.

This year’s event was dominated by Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, which picked up all seven of the prizes it was nominated for, including Best Animated Feature.

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Producers gave Evan Rachel Wood standing ovation after Frozen 2 audition

Evan Rachel Wood made such an impression on the producers of Frozen 2 during her audition they gave her a standing ovation.The actress stars as Queen Iduna, the mother of Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel’s sisters Anna and Elsa, in the animated sequel. Re…

Evan Rachel Wood made such an impression on the producers of Frozen 2 during her audition they gave her a standing ovation.

The actress stars as Queen Iduna, the mother of Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel’s sisters Anna and Elsa, in the animated sequel.

Reflecting on her audition during a recent appearance on Good Morning America, Evan admitted that she was inspired by her son Jack, six, as she prepared for the screen test.

“Before I went in to do the audition I said, ‘I’m gonna do the audition for a Disney movie now’, and he (my son) says, ‘I hope they clap for you, mommy,'” she recalled. “And when I was done, they got up and they clapped, and I came home and I went, ‘Guess what? They clapped! It worked!'”

After winning the animated role, the 32-year-old discovered she’d have her own song in the film to share with her son.

“I’ve been singing Disney lullabies to my son since he was born and now I get to sing my own Disney lullaby to him,” Evan added. “It is absolutely surreal. I’m a really cool mom right now.”

As Iduna, the Westworld star sings the film’s opening number, All Is Found. Kacey Musgraves performs a version of the tune for the end credits of the movie.

Frozen 2, which also features the voices of Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad, Sterling K. Brown, Alfred Molina, and Martha Plimpton, hits cinemas around the world from 22 November.

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Selena Gomez twins with little sister on Frozen 2 red carpet

Selena Gomez and her little sister wore matching outfits to the Frozen 2 premiere on Thursday night.The 27-year-old stepped out at the world premiere of Disney’s highly-anticipated sequel in Hollywood, California alongside her sibling, six-year-old Gra…

Selena Gomez and her little sister wore matching outfits to the Frozen 2 premiere on Thursday night.

The 27-year-old stepped out at the world premiere of Disney’s highly-anticipated sequel in Hollywood, California alongside her sibling, six-year-old Gracie Teefey, with the pair both wearing wintery princess outfits by Marc Jacobs.

Selena wore her hair in loose braids, while both sisters sported matching white prairie dresses with bell sleeves printed with small blue flowers, and show-stopping dark grey sequinned cloaks lined with feathers.

Selena cuddled and kissed Gracie while walking hand-in-hand on the red carpet, which was attended by stars from the film including Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Josh Gad, Jonathan Groff, Evan Rachel Wood, and Sterling K. Brown.

Back in 2017, the Hands to Myself hitmaker paid tribute to Gracie with a heartwarming post on social media.

“I will forever let my sister know she is strong, bold and beautiful,” she wrote on Instagram. “She will be raised to know her voice matters. She is going to understand the importance behind being a leader and inspire others by her truth.”

Selena’s mother Mandy Teefey welcomed daughter Gracie in 2013 with second husband Brian Teefey.

She’s previously spoken about wanting to be a good role model for her sister and claimed her sibling even brings out her maternal side.

“I keep her very very protected. I mean, it’s instinctual,” the star explained. “She’s adorable. I’m obsessed with her and becoming a big sister. I know I’ve had the responsibility to be a role model for girls but, when you have a little sister of your own, you kinda think, ‘Okay, this is legit.'”

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Priyanka Chopra to voice Elsa in Hindi version of Frozen 2

Priyanka Chopra is to voice the character of Elsa in the Hindi version of the upcoming animated sequel Frozen 2.The 37-year-old actress took to Instagram to reveal her new voice role and announce that her real-life cousin Parineeti Chopra will voice he…

Priyanka Chopra is to voice the character of Elsa in the Hindi version of the upcoming animated sequel Frozen 2.

The 37-year-old actress took to Instagram to reveal her new voice role and announce that her real-life cousin Parineeti Chopra will voice her on-screen sister Anna in the film.

“Mimi and Tisha are now Elsa and Anna! The #ChopraSisters are finally coming together for Disney’s Frozen 2. Can’t wait for you guys to see us… I mean HEAR us bring these amazing, strong characters to life in Hindi,” she wrote alongside a poster of the pair standing together in an animated forest.

Meanwhile, Disney representatives also tweeted the news, sharing the same poster and writing: “Some moments are worth melting for! Welcoming the dynamic sisters @priyankachopra and @ParineetiChopra as the voices for Elsa and Anna in Hindi! #Frozen2 #FrozenSisters.”

It won’t be Priyanka’s first time working with Disney as she previously voiced a character in 2013 animated movie Planes.

In the English-language version of Frozen 2, Elsa is voiced by Idina Menzel and Anna is voiced by Kristen Bell. The sequel, which also features the voices of Josh Gad and Jonathan Groff, is due for release next month.

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Kristen Bell on Frozen 2: ‘Anna and Elsa have grown up’

Characters Anna and Elsa have “grown up” in Frozen 2, according to Kristen Bell.The first movie was released in 2013, and is still one of Disney’s biggest-ever hits, raking in more than $1.2 billion worldwide and becoming the highest-grossing animated …

Characters Anna and Elsa have “grown up” in Frozen 2, according to Kristen Bell.

The first movie was released in 2013, and is still one of Disney’s biggest-ever hits, raking in more than $1.2 billion worldwide and becoming the highest-grossing animated movie of all time.

Fans clamoured for a sequel to the film, which also featured the vocal talents of Idina Menzel, Josh Gad and Jonathan Groff, and six years later, they’re finally getting their wish.

And Kristen, who voices Anna, recently explained that the movie will still appeal to the young girls and boys across the world who fell in love with the first film.

“It’ll still be appropriate for kids and kids will still love it, but these girls have grown up as well a little bit. I think the original fans of Frozen, who were little girls and now might not think it’s for them, will be pleasantly surprised,” she told reporters at Comic-Con in San Diego.

The Good Place star also revealed that writers Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, who also directed the Oscar-winning original, needed time to find the story for the sequel.

“It is a story that we waited a long time (for) so that it would reveal itself to the creators. What is the next progression in these characters’ lives that needs to be told? Not just like, ‘What’s another storyline we could do?'” Kristen told ComicBook.com.

While the plot of Frozen 2 has been kept under wraps, the movie reportedly focuses on Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, and Olaf, along with reindeer Sven, searching for the mysterious source of Elsa’s magic powers.

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