How To Train Your Dragon dominates Annie awards

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How To Train Your Dragon
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Actor Jay Baruchel won an award for voicing main character Hiccup

Oscar-nominated film How To Train Your Dragon has won 10 prizes at the Annie awards for animation in the US.

The Dreamworks movie won best animated feature, animated effects and best direction awards among its haul at the Los Angeles ceremony.

Other winners at the gala included SpongeBob Squarepants for best children's animation.

Toy Story 3 and The Illusionist are also in the running for best animated feature at the Academy Awards.

At Saturday night's awards, Despicable Me and Tangled were also included in the five-strong shortlist for best animated feature.

How To Train Your Dragon also triumphed in the writing categories.

Jay Baruchel took a voice acting award for his role of Hiccup in the animation, beating Cameron Diaz, Geoffrey Rush, Gerard Butler and Steve Carrell in the category.

Butler was also nominated for his work in the film, voicing the character Stoick.

Last year's Annie award winner for best animated feature was Up, which went on to secure the Oscar.

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