Cuphead Wins Annie Award

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Grim Matchstick Cuphead

Cuphead has won another prestigious award in the form of an Annie Award.

The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood, awarded Studio MDHR Lead Animator Hanna Abi-Hanna the Outstanding Achievement for Character Animation in a Video game award as part of the 45th Annie Awards show. Abi-Hanna was behind the animation for The Devil, Grim Matchstick, Beppi the Clown, and Werner Werman, some of the most iconic bosses in the entire game. The nomination was announced back in December 2017.

Tina Nawrocki, lead animator for Baroness Von Bon Bon, Hopus Pocus, Pirouletta, Giant, Tipsy Troupe, Lobster, Porkrind, Dragonfly, and The Devil’s death animation, was also nominated for the award in addition to the animators behind Horizon Zero Dawn, Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, and Uncharted: The Lost Legacy.

According to the Annie Awards official website, the Special Achievement Award is “given to an individual, individuals, or a company for unique and outstanding achievement in animation not recognized by in other Annie Award categories.” The award is part of the Annie Award’s Juried Awards and is given by the Board of Directors of ASIFA-Hollywood by a unanimous vote.

This isn’t the only award Cuphead received. The game won Best Art Direction, Best Independent Game, and Best Debut Indie Game at The Game Awards 2017. The game was also nominated for Best Action Game and Best Score/Music, which was given to Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus and Nier: Automata respectively. The game also won Best Visual Design and Xbox Game of the Year at the 35th Golden Joystick Awards.

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