Ghibli's From Up On Poppy Hill lost out to Walt Disney Animation Studios's Wreck-It Ralph at the 40th Annual Annie Awards on Saturday. Both pictures were nominated in the Writing in an Animated Feature Production category.
Wreck-It Ralph won five categories overall: Best Animated Feature, Best Directing, Music, Voice Acting and Best Writing in an Animated Feature. The movie featured the song "Sugar Rush," by Japanese idol group AKB48. The group's founder, Yasushi Akimoto, won the Music in an Animated Feature Production category for his work on the song, alongside Henry Jackman, Skrillex, Adam Young, Matthew Thiessen, and Jamie Houston.
Robert Valley and Alberto Mielgo of Tron: Uprising won the Character Design and Production Design in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production categories, respectively. Sony Computer Entertainment America also took home a prize for the PlayStation 3 title Journey by Thatgamecompany. The game was released in March 2012 for the PLAYSTATION Network and is nominated for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media at the 2013 Grammy Awards.