Spooky Buttons, Balloons, and Santa Dominate Animation NominationsS

Stop-motion animation edged out computer-generated effects in this year's Annie Award nominations, with Coraline topping the list at ten nods. But CGI is nipping at its heels with big nominations for Pixar's Up and Disney's Prep and Landing.

The International Animated Film Association announced the nominations for the Annie Awards. Laika's Coraline was the most-nominated feature, with ten nominations including Best Animated Feature, Best Character Design, and Best Directing in a Feature. Just behind Coraline is Pixar's Up with nine nominations and Disney's The Princess and the Frog with eight. In the television category, Disney's upcoming computer-animated Christmas special Prep and Landing led the way with nine nominations. Monsters vs. Aliens and 9 took just two nominations each, both earning one nod for animated effects; Hugh Laurie was nominated for his voice work in Monsters vs. Aliens, and 9 earned its second nomination for feature design.

Last year, the Annies courted controversy when Kung-Fu Panda swept the awards, shutting out the much-acclaimed (and eventual Oscar winner) WALL-E.

Below are a few of the big categories for features. You can see the full list here.

Best Animated Feature
"Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs" - Sony Pictures Animation
"Coraline" - Laika
"Fantastic Mr. Fox" - 20th Century Fox
"The Princess and the Frog" - Walt Disney Animation Studios
"The Secret of Kells" - Cartoon Saloon
"Up" - Pixar Animation Studios

Directing in a Feature Production
Wes Anderson "Fantastic Mr. Fox" - 20th Century Fox
Pete Docter "Up" - Pixar Animation Studios
Christopher Miller, Phil Lord "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs" - Sony Pictures Animation
Hayao Miyazaki "Ponyo" - Studio Ghibli
Henry Selick "Coraline" - Laika

Writing in a Feature Production
Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach - "Fantastic Mr. Fox" - 20th Century Fox
Pete Docter, Bob Peterson, Tom McCarthy - "Up" - Pixar Animation Studios
Timothy Hyde Harris and David Bowers - "Astro Boy" - Imagi Studios
Christopher Miller and Phil Lord - "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs" - Sony Pictures Animation

[via Variety]