What was the best animated picture of 2009? Look Up!

And the winner for best animated picture is ... Up, which nabbed the top prize at 37th annual Annie Awards on Saturday. Star Trek's William Shatner emceed the awards, which honored the best in film and television animation.

The Disney-Pixar film also scored Peter Docter the top directing nod for the wonderful 3-D story about an elderly man named Carl who turns his house into an airship, with the help of hundreds of balloons, so that he can keep a promise to his deceased wife. However, his adventure gets more challenging when he accidentally brings along a little boy named Russell.

Along with Up, other best-animated-picture nominees included Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, Coraline, Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Princess and the Frog and The Secret of Kells.

The Annie win hints at what might happen come Oscar night, especially since Up scored five Academy Award nominations, including both best picture and best animated picture. Beyond that, Up also won the Golden Globe for best animated pic.

Other big Annie winners this year included Disney's hand-drawn The Princess and the Frog for animated effects, character animation and voice acting, and Laika's Coraline for character design, music and production design. Wes Anderson's stop-motion Fantastic Mr. Fox nabbed the award for best writing.

As for television, Disney's Prep and Landing, the Christmas special about an elf who is passed over for a promotion, won the top award for best TV production, as well as wins for production design and character design.

The Annie Awards are presented annually by ASIFA-Hollywood, the Los Angeles chapter of the International Animated Film Society.

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