The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood, announced the winners of its 49th Annual Annie Awards on Saturday. No anime won awards this year.
The awards presented Studio Ghibli co-founder and executive director Toshio Suzuki with the prestigious Winsor McCay Award alongside Ruben A. Aquino and Lillian Schwartz. The ASIFA-Hollywood Board of Directors select the winners for “their exemplary industry careers.” Suzuki accepted the award in a subtitled video. He is the ninth Japanese person to win the award, with previous recipients including Hayao Miyazaki, Isao Takahata, Mamoru Oshii, Satoshi Kon, Katsuhiro Otomo, Kihachirō Kawamoto, Iwao Takamoto, and Osamu Tezuka.