Disney’s acclaimed animated feature Encanto, directed by Byron Howard and Jared Bush (Zootopia) and co-directed by Charise Castro Smith (who also wrote the script with Bush and Lin-Manuel Miranda), has added several new accolades to its collection this weekend. The music and magic-filled Colombian family adventure picked up top honors from the American Cinema Editors (ACE), Advanced Imaging Society and Art Directors Guild, which join the film’s collection of awards (including the Golden Globe) on the way to the Oscars this month.
The 72nd Annual ACE Eddie Awards (americancinemaeditors.org) announced winners live at the Theater at the Ace Hotel on Saturday, March 5 in an event hosted by DJ Lance Rock — recognizing outstanding editing in 14 categories of film, television and documentaries. Jeremy Milton, ACE, won Best Edited Animated Feature for Encanto, which was up against Luca, The Mitchells vs. the Machines, Raya and the Last Dragon and Sing 2.
The non-theatrical animation Eddie went to Jeremy Reuben for the Bob’s Burgers episode “Vampire Disco Death Dance” (Fox). Episodes of Rick and Morty and What If… were also nominated. In addition, Flee had been nominated in the documentary category, but was bested by live-action pic Summer of Soul.
The Advanced Imaging Society’s Lumiere Awards (theadvancedimagingsociety.com), presented by Epic Games, awarded 21 statuettes for distinguished creative and technical achievement during its 12th annual awards ceremony on Friday, March 4 at the Beverly Hills Hotel. The theme for this year’s show was “Larger Than Life”.
Encanto scored two awards, for Best Animated Feature Film (accepted by stereoscopic supervisor Darren Simpson) and Best Original Song for “We Don’t Talk about Bruno” (accepted by VP Music Production Andrew Page and supervising music editor Earl Ghaffari). Netflix’s hit League of Legends series Arcane won for Best Episodic – Animated. Dune (Warner Bros.) won for Best Feature Film – Live Action.
The 26th Art Directors Guild Awards (adg.org) were also held Saturday, March 5 at the InterContinental in Downtown Los Angeles. Production designers Ian Gooding and Lorelay Bové won the Animated Feature Film prize for Encanto, which was again vying with Luca, The Mitchells vs. the Machines, Raya and the Last Dragon and Sing 2.
Winners also included Nightmare Alley (Tamara Deverell), Dune (Patrice Vermette), No Time to Die (Mark Tildesley), Loki “Glorious Purpose” (Kasra Farahani), Squid Game “Gganbu” (Chae Kyoung-sun), WandaVision (Mark Worthington) and What We Do in the Shadows (Kate Bunch).