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Netflix Shines Bright at Annie TV Awards

When it comes to animated television, it’s good to be Netflix. That was the takeaway of Saturday evening’s 47th Annual Annie Awards, during which the streamer garnered major wins for both the big and small screens.

Awarded by the Los Angeles outlet of the International Animated Film Association, the honors aim to celebrate excellence in animated entertainment. The top prize on the TV side came in the form of the underwhelmingly named category known as Best General Audience TV/Media Production, which went to Netflix’s “BoJack Horseman” for the second consecutive year.

Though it took awhile for the organization to warm to the series, a scathing deconstruction of Hollywood centered around a depressive horse, the back-to-back wins suggest that even as “BoJack Horseman” heads into its final batch of episodes, it concludes as one of the finest shows on television.

Perhaps more impressive than the show’s
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2020 Annie Awards shocker: ‘Klaus’ sweeps with 7 wins while Oscar favorite ‘Toy Story 4’ is shut out

2020 Annie Awards shocker: ‘Klaus’ sweeps with 7 wins while Oscar favorite ‘Toy Story 4’ is shut out
“Klaus” had a perfect track record at the Annie Awards on Saturday (January 25) winning all seven of its races including Best Studio Animated Feature. It took that race over three of its Oscar rivals: “Frozen II,” which won two of its eight bids; and both “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” and “Toy Story 4,” which went 0 for 6. The other Oscar nominee for Best Animated Feature, “I Lost My Body,” won the independent feature award as well as prizes for music and writing. Both of these winning films are from Netflix.

The Annie Awards, which are presented by the Hollywood chapter of the International Animated Film Association don’t always agree with the motion picture academy. Seven of the last 10 Annie champs went on to win at the Oscars: “Up” (2010), “Rango” (2012), “Frozen” (2014), “Inside Out” (2016), “Zootopia” (2017), “Coco” (2018) and “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” (2019).

In 2011, “How to Train Your Dragon” won
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‘Klaus,’ ‘I Lost My Body’ Top 47th Annie Awards as Netflix Dominates

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‘Klaus,’ ‘I Lost My Body’ Top 47th Annie Awards as Netflix Dominates
Netflix dominated the 47th Annie Awards on Saturday, Jan. 25, picking up 19 trophies, including the top prizes of best feature (“Klaus”), best feature-independent (“I Lost My Body”), best TV/media production for preschool children (“Ask the Storybots”) and best general audience TV/media production (“BoJack Horseman”). Disney TV Animation’s “Disney Mickey Mouse” won best TV/media production for children.

The traditionally animated “Klaus” won seven Annies, the most overall, winning in every category in which it was nominated, with Sergio Pablos winning for both his direction and for storyboarding. “Klaus” also won for character animation (Sergio Martins), character design (Torsten Schrank), production design (Szymon Biernaki and Marcin Jakubowski) and editorial (Pablo Garcia Revert).

In addition to winning best feature-independent, “I Lost My Body” picked up trophies for composer Dan Levy and writing for director Jérémy Clapin and Guillaume Laurant, who together adapted the screenplay from Laurant’s novel “Happy Hand.
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Netflix: 10 Best Original Animated Films

From the last decade, Netflix has been a helpful platform for veteran filmmakers and up-and-coming artists to partner in creating films. This also applies to animation, as the streaming service effectively established its animation division and branched out with acclaimed projects like Bojack Horseman, Big Mouth, and Tuca & Bertie.

Related: 10 Netflix Originals to Watch if You Loved Marriage Story

Even with these quality animated shows on Netflix, they should not overshadow the service's animated films. Thus, this list will rank the Netflix original animated films. As long as Netflix has exclusive distribution rights in North America, the movie will be taken into consideration. Films that got a Netflix release internationally, like Kung Fu Panda 3 in Japan, will not be included.
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The 20 Netflix Original Series to Be Excited About in 2020

The 20 Netflix Original Series to Be Excited About in 2020
Netflix is leaning into its strengths in 2020. Not only is the streaming giant pumping out dozens, if not hundreds of new shows, but many of their original series meet the demand illustrated by past successes or fill holes left by departing favorites.

So is there a new “Stranger Things” on the horizon? Perhaps a worthy follow-up to “Orange Is the New Black?” What about a replacement for syndicated sitcoms like “The Office” and “Friends”? You better believe Netflix is working to give subscribers what they want, and the below 2020 preview should illustrate exactly that.

With more competition than ever from Disney and Apple, and even more services on the way (hello HBO Max and Peacock), 2020 will be a critical year for the current king of streaming. So here’s what they’re working with:

Locke and Key

Release Date: Friday, February 7

Cast: Darby Stanchfield, Jackson Robert Scott, Connor Jessup, Emilia Jones,
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The IndieWire Team’s Favorite Movie and TV Stories of 2019

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The IndieWire Team’s Favorite Movie and TV Stories of 2019
How was 2019 only 12 months? How did one year contain both the Spielberg vs Netflix feud and the Scorsese vs Marvel dustup? Oh, and it was somehow the same year in which everyone hated the finales of both Star Wars (or at least its Skywalker Saga) and “Game of Thrones.” The mind boggles at simply how much happened in the world of film and TV in 2019. The staff of IndieWire thought it would be worth taking a moment to reflect on our favorite stories of the year. We broke news, made passionate critical arguments, interviewed luminaries from all aspects of the business, and defined the issues, trends, and breakthroughs — and why they matter.

These are the stories we published in 2019 we’re proud of the most. Taken together, it’s a cheat-sheet guide to where the industry is now — and possibly a glimpse of where it’s going.

No, Studios Won’t Buy Theaters,
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Here’s Every TV Show We Lost in 2019, From ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ to ‘Mr Robot’ (Photos)

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Here’s Every TV Show We Lost in 2019, From ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ to ‘Mr Robot’ (Photos)
Between the much-savaged final season of “Game of Thrones,” the decimation of Marvel’s TV universe and the dozens of other shows either concluded or canceled, 2019 saw more than its fair share of TV casualties. Here are 117 shows that won’t live to see 2020.

A Series of Unfortunate Events” (Netflix) Final episode January 1

Friends from College” (Netflix) Final episode January 11

Rel” (Fox) Final episode January 13

Happy Together” (CBS) Final episode January 14

Wayne” (YouTube Premium) Final episode January 16

The Punisher” (Netflix) Final episode January 18

“Steven Universe” (Cartoon Network) Final episode January 21

“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” (Netflix) Final episode January 25

Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes on Television” (YouTube Premium) Final episode January 30

“Counterpart” (Starz) Final episode February 17

Berlin Station” (Epix) Final episode February 17

Lethal Weapon” (Fox) Final episode February 26

The Gifted” (Fox) Final episode February 26

Crashing” (HBO) Final episode March 10

The Passage” (Fox) Final episode March 11

Teachers” (TV Land) Final episode March 19

Deadly Class
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Daniel Fienberg: The 10 Best TV Shows of 2019

Daniel Fienberg: The 10 Best TV Shows of 2019
Contrary to what Todd Phillips might be telling the media, "cancel culture" and "political correctness" have not killed comedy. Maybe the Joker director just needs to watch more TV? My top 10 list for 2019 is dominated by shows that I consider comedies. I've got silly half-hours, trenchantly dark hourlongs and several shows that pivot from pain to mirth from scene to scene. And I couldn’t even find room for the latest seasons of Baskets, The Good Place, Barry and Bojack Horseman, or newbies like Pen15, Tuca & Bertie and Sherman's Showcase. Maybe they'll pop up in future lists, because it ...
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The Ranch Final Season Gets Netflix Premiere Date

It's almost time to say one last goodbye to The Ranch.

Netflix has announced the final season -- dubbed Part 8 -- will launch Friday, January 24.

Ten episodes remain, and the show will conclude with an ending that was planned, meaning there won't be any cliffhangers -- unless the producers opt to end the show with unanswered questions.

By the time the series concludes, 80 episodes will have aired. This makes The Ranch Netflix's longest-running multi-camera comedy, eclipsing Fuller House, which will close out with 75 episodes.

The Ranch is coming to an end, but not just yet,” Kutcher announced on Twitter earlier this year.

“We’re excited to bring you the final 20 episodes — 10 later this year… and then 10 more in 2020. Stay tuned!!”

The Ranch is an R-rated multi-camera comedy that focuses on Colt Bennett (Kutcher), a former semi-pro footballer who returns to his family's ranch with the aim of reconnecting with his family.
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TV Shows We Quit in 2019

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TV Shows We Quit in 2019
It’s official: with the amount of scripted series alone hitting the 500 mark and refusing to stop there, there is just too much content available to keep up with all of it. But although the quantity of series offered continues to grow, that does not automatically mean the quality increases as well. As such, no one should feel bad if they have to let go of a new show, no matter how buzzed-about or once-beloved it may be.

In keeping with that sentiment, here are all the series the Variety staff stopped watching in 2019.

Arrested Development” (Netflix)

Maybe Netflix’s two-part release strategy for Season 5 is to blame. While it was fun to see the Bluths back together in the first half of the season, released in May 2018, I certainly wasn’t still on the edge of my seat by the time the second part was released nearly 10 months later,
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‘PEN15′ Co-Creator & Star Anna Konkle Reacts To Series’ Gotham Award

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‘PEN15′ Co-Creator & Star Anna Konkle Reacts To Series’ Gotham Award
Hulu’s coming-of-age comedy PEN15 won its first major award tonight, but the creators/stars/executive producers were not on hand to receive it.

“Gotham Awards, thank you!,” co-creator, star and exec producer Anna Konkle wrote on Twitter Monday night after PEN15 was named winner for Breakthrough Series – Short Form. “Wish we could be in NYC with you celebrating. Instead, over here on S2 set with our tits strapped down, shooting exteriors till midnight..”

The comedy series, which films in Los Angeles, is currently shooting its second season. Production is going full-steam following some logistical challenges early on, which prevented the producing team from flying to New York for the Gotham Awards.

PEN15, which Konkle and Maya Erskine co-created with Sam Zvibleman, is set in middle school, with Konkle and Erskine playing versions of themselves as 13-year-old outcasts in the year 2000.

The off-beat comedy got its first major awards recognition in July when it landed a Writing for a Comedy Series Emmy nomination, which Erskine and Konkle shared with Stacy Osei-Kuffour.

At the Gotham Awards, PEN15 won against fellow streaming comedy newcomers, Hulu’s Ramy, Netflix’s Russian Doll and Tuca & Bertie and Amazon’s Undone.

PEN15 is executive produced by Erskine, Konkle, Zvibleman, Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone, Becky Sloviter, Marc Provissiero, Brooke Pobjoy, Debbie Liebling, and Gabe Liedman.

#gothamawards thank you
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‘Marriage Story’ Dominates Gotham Awards 2019: The Complete Winners List

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‘Marriage Story’ Dominates Gotham Awards 2019: The Complete Winners List
Noah Baumbach’s ‘Marriage Story’ dominated Monday’s 29th annual IFP Gotham Awards with four wins, including Best Feature and Best Actor for Adam Driver.

The ceremony, celebrating the best in indie cinema and television, was held Monday evening at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City and was presented by the Independent Filmmaker Project.

Acting awards went to Driver, to Awkwafina for “The Farewell” (Best Actress) and to Taylor Russell for “Waves” (Breakthrough Actress).

American Factory” was named the year’s best documentary, while Laure De Clermont-Tonnerre won in the Breakthrough Director category for “The Mustang.”

In the television categories, prizes went to the Netflix miniseries “When They See Us” and the Hulu sitcom “PEN15.”
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Watch the Gotham Awards Live Stream

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Watch the Gotham Awards Live Stream
Awards season is officially underway!

The 2019 Gotham Awards, which honors the best in independent cinema, is being held tonight in downtown New York. The ceremony begins at 8 p.m. Et. Watch the full live stream above.

This year’s Gotham nominees include “Marriage Story,” “The Farewell” and “Uncut Gems,” which each received three nominations each. “The Last Man in San Francisco,” a drama that premiered at Sundance and opened over the summer from A24, also scored three nominations: breakthrough director (Joe Talbot), best screenplay and breakthrough actor (Jonathan Majors).

Expected to attend are Awkwafina, Noah Baumbach, Sterling K. Brown, Adam Sandler, Adam Driver, Constance Wu, and Will Ferrell, among many others.

Here’s the full list of Gotham nominations:

Best Feature

The Farewell” (A24)

Hustlers” (STXfilms)

Marriage Story” (Netflix)

Uncut Gems” (A24)

Waves” (A24)

Best Documentary

American Factory” (Netflix)

Apollo 11” (Neon and CNN Films)

The Edge of Democracy” (Netflix
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Annie Awards Nominations Led by Disney’s ‘Frozen 2’ and Laika’s ‘Missing Link’

Annie Awards Nominations Led by Disney’s ‘Frozen 2’ and Laika’s ‘Missing Link’
The 47th Annual Annie Awards nominations were led by Disney blockbuster sequel “Frozen 2” and Laika’s Yeti adventure “Missing Link” with eight nominations apiece, followed by Netflix’s “Klaus” with seven and DreamWorks’ “How to Train Your Dragon: Hidden World” and Pixar’s “Toy Story 4” with six, which all landed Best Feature nominations. Also racking up a surprising six nominations for Netflix was lauded indie nominee, French import “I Lost My Body.”

Not bad for animation awards newbie Netflix.

Scoring four nods were DreamWorks’ and Pearl Studios’ other Yeti entry, “Abominable,” and GKids’ Japanese Oscar entry “Weathering with You.” Landing two nominations each were Blue Sky’s “Spies in Disguise” (Fox), Illumination’s “The Secret Life of Pets 2” (from Universal), and “The Addams Family” (United Artists).

Left out of the fray were GKids’ Cambodian drama, “Funan,” and Disney’s “live-action” remake “The Lion King,” which did not land
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Annie Awards Nominations Led by Disney’s ‘Frozen 2’ and Laika’s ‘Missing Link’

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The 47th Annual Annie Awards nominations were led by Disney blockbuster sequel “Frozen 2” and Laika’s Yeti adventure “Missing Link” with eight nominations apiece, followed by Netflix’s “Klaus” with seven and DreamWorks’ “How to Train Your Dragon: Hidden World” and Pixar’s “Toy Story 4” with six, which all landed Best Feature nominations. Also racking up a surprising six nominations for Netflix was lauded indie nominee, French import “I Lost My Body.”

Not bad for animation awards newbie Netflix.

Scoring four nods were DreamWorks’ and Pearl Studios’ other Yeti entry, “Abominable,” and GKids’ Japanese Oscar entry “Weathering with You.” Landing two nominations each were Blue Sky’s “Spies in Disguise” (Fox), Illumination’s “The Secret Life of Pets 2” (from Universal), and “The Addams Family” (United Artists).

Left out of the fray were GKids’ Cambodian drama, “Funan,” and Disney’s “live-action” remake “The Lion King,” which did not land
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‘Frozen II,’ ‘Missing Link’ Lead 47th Annie Award Nominations

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‘Frozen II,’ ‘Missing Link’ Lead 47th Annie Award Nominations
Disney’s “Frozen II” and Laika’s “Missing Link” led the 47th Annie Award nominations Dec. 2 with eight each and will battle it out for best animated feature along with DreamWorks Animation’s “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World,” Netflix’s “Klaus” and Pixar’s “Toy Story 4” when the ceremony is held on Jan. 25 at UCLA’s Royce Hall.

As a studio, DWA had the most nominations with 18, followed by Disney with 16. But it was Netflix projects that dominated with 39 nominations overall.

In addition to “Klaus,” which picked up seven nominations, Netflix is behind “I Lost My Body,” which is up for six awards, including best indie feature. Other nominated projects airing on Netflix are the series “Love, Death & Robots” (5)
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‘Frozen II,’ ‘Missing Link’ Are the Top Toons in Annie Awards Nominations

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The Disney sequel “Frozen II” and Laika’s stop-motion “Missing Link” led all films in nominations for the 47th Annual Annie Awards, the most comprehensive awards show devoted strictly to animation.

Those two films each received eight nominations in the 13 feature film categories. Netflix’s “Klaus” received seven nominations, while “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World,” “Toy Story 4” and the French indie “I Lost My Body” received six each.

In the Best Feature category, the nominees were “Frozen II,” “How to Train Your Dragon,” “Klaus,” “Missing Link” and “Toy Story.” In the Best Indie Feature category, which was created in 2015, the nominees were “Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles,” “I Lost My Body,” “Okko’s Inn,” “Promare” and “Weathering With You.”

Also Read: 'I Lost My Body' Director Didn't Want Animated Story of a Living Severed Hand to Be Scary or Funny

Since the Annies split the two categories,
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IFP Gotham Awards Gets Animated About TV Offerings

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IFP Gotham Awards Gets Animated About TV Offerings
The IFP tweaked its Gotham Awards categories this year to better reflect the rich landscape on the small screen, and nominated two animated series in the process.

Tuca & Bertie” and “Undone” will both compete for breakthrough short-form series honors this year, vying with “Pen15,” “Ramy” and “Russian Doll.” “Chernobyl,” “David Makes Man,” “My Brilliant Friend,” “Unbelievable” and “When They See Us” are competing for the long-form honors.

To qualify for the short-form category, episodes had to be 39 minutes or fewer, while episodes for long-form series had to be 40 minutes or longer. When the Ifp originally established these categories in 2015, long-form episodes had to be 30 minutes or longer while short-form episodes had to be 20 minutes or shorter in order to qualify.

Early winners tilted toward lower-profile web series, but with the advent of streamers, series have become creatively adventurous, causing the Gotham board to reconsider its guidelines.

“For the last
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Every IndieWire TV Review from 2019, Ranked by Grade from Best to Worst

Every IndieWire TV Review from 2019, Ranked by Grade from Best to Worst
One of the strongest ways that time has become a malleable force that’s untethered us from our own sense of reality is the sheer number of TV shows released in a given year. There are some series that feel like they last aired new episodes in 2015, while others have completely disappeared from the public consciousness despite existing for mere months.

Such is the way of modern television. As a result, we’ve decided to keep track of all the 174 seasons of TV we’ve reviewed so far this year. Some shows have fared better than others, but a majority of these are recommendations.

Each review is organized by the letter grade (A+ to F) that accompanies each of them. Some series have prompted follow-ups after pivotal episodes or finales, but the links below will take you to initial season reviews of all the shows listed.

It’s worth noting
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From ‘BoJack’ to ‘Euphoria,’ Shows Devote Time to Depicting Sobriety (Column)

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In Variety‘s Recovery Issue, prominent entertainment figures offer insights on navigating a sober life in Hollywood. For more, click here.

After five seasons of hallucinogenic trips and drunken meltdowns, Netflix’s “BoJack Horseman” faced a crucial crossroads. The animated comedy series is, overall, one of Netflix’s best, and yet its main character is an acerbic jerk whose love of escaping his own head with mind-altering substances wins out over everything and everyone else time and time again. Creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg and his team have consistently found ways to keep this repetitive loop sharp and relevant, but facing down its final season, the show had a choice to make. It could let BoJack continue to destroy himself and everything around him, or it could see what it might mean for him to significantly improve his life.

The sixth season, the first half of which dropped Oct. 25, chooses the latter.
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