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William Joyce is among Variety’s Animation Elite of 2012 for his work as executive producer in Rise of the Guardians. The Louisiana native has had a long career in the animation world with his Shreveport studio Moonbot. The Variety list recognizes artists and executives who advanced the field of animation in 2012.

Joyce received more honors this year, including an Academy Award for the animated short “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore,” 11 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller list for the book that inspired the short and a Webby award for the iOS app, The Numberlys. Rise of the Guardians received 10 Annie Award nominations for Best Animated Feature, Animated Effects, Character Animation, Music, Production Design, Storyboarding, Voice Acting and Editorial. Hosted by ASIFA-Hollywood, the Annie Awards recognizes the year’s best animated productions and outstanding individual achievements in the field of animation.

Variety’s Animation Elite full list can be found here