Movie Bites: 'Up' high with Annies, 'Avatar' star takes to 'The Fields'

up-320.jpg "Up" has flown away with animation's top award.

The Pixar Animation film "Up" snagged the best animated feature honor at the 37th Annual Annie Awards on Saturday, Feb. 6 in Los Angeles. The film also won a best director award for Pete Docter.

"Up" centers on an elderly man who attempts to carry out his deceased wife's dearest wish. Accompanied by a young scout and a talking dog, this unusual hero shows that it's never too late to have an adventure or follow a dream.

A replay webcast of the awards ceremony will be available at annieawards.org beginning Tuesday, Feb. 9.

The full list of Annie Awards:

Film

Best Animated Feature Production
"Up"

Animated Effects

"The Princess and the Frog" - James Mansfield

Character Animation
"The Princess and the Frog" - Eric Goldberg

Character Design
"Coraline" - Shane Prigmore

Directing
"Up" - Pete Docter

Music
"Coraline" - Bruno Coulais

Production Design
"Coraline" - Tadahiro Uesugi

Storyboarding
"Monsters vs. Aliens" - Tom Owens

Voice Acting
"The Princess and the Frog" - Jen Cody, voice of Charlotte

Writing
"Fantastic Mr. Fox" - Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach

TV

Best Animated TV Production

"Prep and Landing"

Best Animated TV Production for Children
"The Penguins of Madagascar"

Best Animated TV Commercial
Spanish Lottery, "Deportees"

Character Animation
"Monsters vs. Aliens: Mutant Pumpkins from Outer Space" - Phillip To

Character Design
"Prep and Landing" - Bill Schwab

Directing
"The Penguins of Madagascar: Launchtime" - Bret Haaland

Music
"The Fairly OddParents: Wishology - The Big Beginning" - Guy Moon

Production Design

"Prep and Landing" - Andy Harkness

Storyboarding
"Merry Madagascar" - Robert Koo

Voice Acting
"SpongeBob SquarePants - Truth or Square" - Tom Kenny

Writing
"The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror XX" - Daniel Chun

Best Animated Short Subject
"Robot Chicken: Star Wars 2.5"

Best Home Entertainment Production
"Futurama: Into the Wild Green Yonder"

sam-worthington-golden-globes-320.jpgMeanwhile, in other movie news, "Avatar" star Sam Worthington has signed on to star in a mystery thriller, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

"The Fields," based on a true story,  will center on a Texas homicide detective (Worthington) who teams up with a a New York detective to investigate a series of murders in the Texas bayous.

The Ami Canaan Mann-directed flick will begin shooting in Louisiana in April.

Worthington next appears in the romantic drama "Last Night" with Keira Knightley and the "Clash of the Titans" remake out in April.

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Photo credit: Disney/Pixar