'Wreck-It Ralph' garners honors at Annie Awards
Walt Disney's video-game romp "Wreck-It Ralph" has won top animation honors at the Annie Awards.
The comedy hit about a video-game villain who wants to turn hero was named best animated feature at Saturday night's Annies, which are presented by the International Animated Film Society.
"Wreck-It Ralph" won out over a field that included "Brave," "Frankenweenie," "ParaNorman" and "Hotel Transylvania."
With a voice cast led by John C. Reilly, "Wreck-It Ralph" dominated the film categories, also winning Annies for director Rich Moore, voice co-star Alan Tudyk and for its music and screenplay.
Among live-action films, "The Avengers" won the Annie for animated effects, and "Life of Pi" won for character animation.
On the TV side, an episode of "Robot Chicken" won for best general audience animated show.
-- Associated Press
Affleck wins another prize for his 'Argo'
Ben Affleck has won the top film honor from the Directors Guild of America for his CIA thriller "Argo," further sealing its status as best-picture front-runner at the Academy Awards.
Saturday's prize also normally would make Affleck a near shoo-in to win best-director at the Feb. 24 Oscars, since the Directors Guild recipient nearly always goes on to claim the same prize at Hollywood's biggest night.
But Affleck surprisingly missed out on an Oscar directing nomination, along with several other key favorites, including fellow Directors Guild contenders Kathryn Bigelow for "Zero Dark Thirty" and Tom Hooper for "Les Miserables."
Affleck's Oscar snub has not hurt "Argo" and might even have earned it some favor among awards voters as an underdog favorite. "Argo" has dominated other awards since the Oscar nominations.
"I don't think that this makes me a real director, but I think it means I'm on my way," said Affleck, who won for just his third film behind the camera.
Malik Bendjelloul won the guild's documentary award for "Searching for Sugar Man," his study of the fate of critically acclaimed but obscure 1970s singer-songwriter Rodriquez. …