Visual Effects Society Award for Outstanding Animated Character in an Animated Feature

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The Visual Effects Society Award for Outstanding Animated Character in an Animated Feature is one of the annual awards given by the Visual Effects Society starting from 2002. Since its inception, the award's title has gone through six title changes, and one major category shift. First awarded in 2002, the award was titled "Best Character Animation in an Animated Motion Picture" and given to the best character animation in an animated film, with no specific character cited. This would change in 2004, when the category was re-titled "Outstanding Performance by an Animated Character in an Animated Motion Picture", and given to visual effects artists for work on a specified character. as well as the voice actor for the character. The category was again re-titled in 2008, this time to "Outstanding Animated Character in an Animated Feature Motion Picture". In 2015, it was titled "Outstanding Animated Performance in an Animated Feature", but changed in 2017 to "Outstanding Animated Character in an Animated Feature", its current title.

Winners and nominees[edit]

2000s[edit]

Outstanding Character Animation in an Animated Motion Picture

Year Film Character Nominee(s)
2002
[1][2]
Stuart Little 2 Tony Bancroft, David Schaub, Eric Armstrong, Sean Mullen
Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron James Baxter
2003 Finding Nemo Speaking Whale Andrew Gordon, Brett Coderre
Finding Nemo Inside the Whale Dave DeVan, Gini Santos

Outstanding Performance by an Animated Character in an Animated Motion Picture

Year Film Character Nominee(s)
2004
[3]
The Incredibles Bob Parr/Mr. Incredible Craig T. Nelson, Bill Wise, Bill Sheffler, Bolhem Bouchiba
The Polar Express Steamer Michael Jeter, David Schaub, Renato Dos Anjos, Roger Vizard
Shark Tale Angie Renée Zellweger, Ken Duncan
Shrek 2 Puss in Boots Antonio Banderas, Raman Hui
2005
[4][5]
Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit Gromit Loyd Price
Madagascar King Julien Rex Grignon, Denis Couchon
Robot Fendor Robin Williams, David Torres, Mark Piretti, Ben Williams
2006
[6][7]
Cars Mater Larry the Cable Guy, Mike Krummhoefener, Tom Sanocki, Nancy Kato
Happy Feet Mumble's Banishment Damien Gray, Tim Gibson, Carl Prud 'Homme
Monster House House Umberto Lazzari, Michael Kimmel, Kui Han Lee, Owen Demers
2007
[8][9]
Ratatouille Colette Janeane Garofalo, Jaime Landes, Sonoko Konishi, Paul Aichele
Beowulf Beowulf Keith Smith, Scott Holmes, Pericles Michielin, Kenn McDonald
Shrek The Third King Harold John Cleese, Guillaume Aretos, Tim Cheung, Sean Mahoney
Surf's Up Chicken Joe David Schaub, Moon Jun Kang, Brian Casper, Andreas Procopiou
Cody David Schaub, Pete Nash, James Crossley, Shia LaBeouf

Outstanding Animated Character in an Animated Feature Motion Picture

Year Film Character Nominee(s)
2008
[10][11]
WALL-E Wall-E and Eve Truck Sequence Ben Burtt, Victor Navone, Austin Lee, Jay Shuster
Bolt Bolt Becky Bresee, Bob Davies, Renato Dos Anjos, Wayne Unten Jr.
Rhino Adam Dykstra, Dave Gottlieb, Clay Kaytis, Hyrum Osmond
Kung Fu Panda Po Jack Black, Dan Wagner, Nico Marlet, Peter Farson
2009
[12][13]
Up Carl Ed Asner, Ron Zorman, Brian Tindall, Carmen Ngai
Coraline Coraline Travis Knight, Trey Thomas
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs Buck Simon Pegg, Peter de Sève
Monsters vs. Aliens B.O.B. David Burgess, Scott Cegielski, Terran Boylan, David Weatherley

2010s[edit]

Year Film Character Nominee(s)
2010
[14][15]
How to Train Your Dragon Toothless Gabe Hordos, Cassidy Curtis, Mariette Marinus, Brent Watkins
Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole Digger Josh Murtack, James Cunliffe, Jessica Groom, Andrew Hunt
Megamind Minion David Cross, Rani Naamani, Dick Walsh, Adrian Tsang
Tangled Rapunzel Tony Smeed, Amy Smeed, Becky Bresee, Kira Lehtomaki
2011
[16][17]
Rango Rango Frank Gravatt, Kevin Martel, Brian Paik, Steve Walton
The Adventures of Tintin Tintin Gino Acevedo, Gustav Ahren, Jamie Beard, Simon Clutterbuck
Puss in Boots Puss in Boots Antonio Banderas, Ludovic Boouancheau, Laurent Caneiro, Olivier Staphylas
Rio Nigel Diana Diriwaechter, Sang Jun Lee, Sergio Pablos, Aamir Tarin
2012
[18][19]
Brave Merida Travis Hathaway, Olivier Soares, Peter Sumanaseni, Brian Tindall
Hotel Transylvania Dracula Bill Haller, Tim Pixton, Jorge Vigara
The Pirates! Band of Misfits Band of Misfits Will Becher, Jay Grace, Loyd Price
Wreck-It Ralph Vanellope von Schweetz John Kahwaty, Suzan Kim, Michelle Robinson, Tony Smeed
2013
[20][21]
Frozen Bringing the Snow Queen to Life Alexander Alvarado, Joy Johnson, Chad Stubblefield, Wayne Unten
The Croods Eep Line Andersen, Won Young Byun, Koji Morihiro, Chris De St. Jeor
Epic Bomba Thom Roberts, Haven Gordon Cousins, Tim Bower, Daniel Lima
Mary Katherine Jeff Gabor, Dylan Maxwell, Sang Jun Lee, Chris Pagoria
2014
[22][23]
Big Hero 6 Baymax Colin Eckart, John Kahwaty, Zach Parrish, Zack Petroc
The Boxtrolls Archibald Snatcher Travis Knight, Jason Stalman, Michael Laubach, Kyle Williams
How to Train Your Dragon 2 Hiccup Haddock Jakob Hjort Jensen, Fabio Lignini, Stephen Candell, Hongseo Park
Rio 2 Gabi Jason Sadler, Ignacio Barrios, Drew Winey, Diana Diriwaechter

Outstanding Animated Performance in an Animated Feature

Year Film Character Nominee(s)
2015
[24][25]
Inside Out Joy Shawn Krause, Tanja Krampfert, Jacob Merrell, Alexis Angelidis
The Good Dinosaur Spot Ana Gabriela Lacaze, Jacob Brooks, Lou Hamou-Lhadj, Mark C. Harris
The Peanuts Movie Charlie Brown Matthew Doble, Steve Vanseth, Stephen Gressak, Nikki Tomaino
Snoopy Jeff Gabor, Joseph Antonuccio, Ignacio Barrios, Sabine Heller
2016
[26][27]
Finding Dory Hank Jonathan Hoffman, Steven Clay Hunter, Mark Piretti, Audrey Wong
Kubo and the Two Strings Kubo Jeff Riley, Ian Whitlock, Adam Lawthers, Jeremy Spake
Monkey Andy Bailey, Dobrin Yanev, Kim Slate, Jessica Lynn
Moana The Mighty Maui Mack Kablan, Nikki Mull, Matthew Schiller, Marc Thyng

Outstanding Animated Character in an Animated Feature

Year Film Character Nominee(s)
2017
[28][29]
Coco Hèctor Emron Grover, Jonathan Hoffman, Michael Honsel, Guilherme Sauerbronn Jacinto
The Boss Baby Boss Baby Alec Baldwin, Carlos Puertolas, Rani Naamani, Joe Moshier
Despicable Me 3 Balthazar Bratt Eric Guillon, Bruno Dequier, Julien Soret, Benjamin Fournet
The Lego Ninjago Movie Garmadon Matthew Everitt, Christian So, Loic Miermont, Fiona Darwin
Garma Mecha Man Arthur Terzis, Wei Hei, Jean-Marc Ariu, Gibson Radsavanh
2018
[30][31]
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Miles Morales Marcos Kang, Chad Belteau, Humberto Rosa, Julie Bernier Gosselin
Dr. Seuss' The Grinch The Grinch David Galante, Francois Boudaille, Olivier Luffin, Yarrow Cheney
Incredibles 2 Helen Parr/Elastigirl Michal Makarewicz, Ben Porter, Edgar Rodriguez, Kevin Singleton
Ralph Breaks the Internet Ralphzilla Dong Joo Byun, Dave K. Komorowski, Justin Sklar, Le Joyce Tong
2019
[32][33]
Missing Link Susan Rachelle Lambden, Brenda Baumgarten, Morgan Hay, Benoit Dubuc
Frozen II The Water Nøkk Svetla Radivoeva, Marc Bryant, Richard E. Lehmann, Cameron Black
Klaus Jesper Yoshimishi Tamura, Alfredo Cassano, Maxime Delalande, Jason Schwartzman
Toy Story 4 Bo Peep Radford Hurn, Tanja Krampfert, George Nguyen and Becki Rocha Tower

Superlatives[edit]

Films with Multiple Nominations[edit]