The International Animated Film Society announced nominations Monday for its 47th annual Annie Awards.
“Frozen II” and “Missing Link” each got eight nods, including for best animated feature. They will compete in that category with “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World,” “Klaus” and “Toy Story 4.”
The category for independent feature includes “Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles,” “I Lost My Body,” “Okko's Inn,” “Promare” and “Weathering With You.”
Bishop Dwenger High School graduate Zach Parrish and Elmhurst High School and University of Saint Francis graduate Adam Green were among animators for “Frozen II.” Neither received individual nominations.
Winners of the Annie Awards will be announced Jan. 25.
Pussycat Dolls back
Fans of the Pussycat Dolls had extra reason to be thankful Thursday when the alt-pop girl group announced it's reuniting for an upcoming tour.
“I am very excited to share that we are back, baby!” singer Nicole Scherzinger tweeted Thursday.
The tour comes a decade after the group – which reeled off numerous hits during the 2000s including “Don't Cha” and “Buttons” – split up in 2010.
The group will kick off the tour in the United Kingdom in April with tickets on sale on the LiveNation and Ticketmaster websites. No North American dates were announced.
They have not announced any United States tour dates.
“We are INCREDIBLY excited to announce that we're back!” reads a tweet from the Pussycats Dolls account.
Polish author award
Poland's Nobel Prize-winning writer Olga Tokarczuk said Monday she is starting a foundation to promote literature as well as human rights and environment awareness.
Tokarczuk is an outspoken critic of Poland's right-wing government and of its policy of supporting mainly those artists and historians who follow its conservative outlook and stress on national values.
She said she was offering $89,000 for the Olga Tokarczuk Foundation that will offer undiscriminating support to Polish and foreign writers and authors. It will also promote minority and women's rights.
The 57-year-old Tokarczuk said she was glad she still feels young and can use her distinction to the purpose of doing “something good for the world.”
Tokarczuk will receive her award in a gala ceremony Dec. 10 in Stockholm.
Poland's government has been lukewarm about the distinction and the culture minister said he needs to try and finish reading her books.
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