From the New York Times:
A running squabble over a cartoon awards banquet boiled over on Tuesday when Walt Disney Studios said it would withdraw from the group that hands out trophies for animation achievement.
For years Disney has privately groused about the Annie Awards, presented by the Hollywood chapter of the International Animated Film Society. Among Disney’s complaints: that the guild allows anyone to buy a membership (in contrast to most awards-bestowing organizations) and that rival DreamWorks Animation has too much power because it gives all of its employees complimentary membership to the guild ...
All's fair in war and the handing out of little gold statues. (So why doesn't Disney tender its own complimentary memberships? It's got more animation employees.)
Years ago, a writer-producer named Niven Busch told me:
"Back in the thirties, studios expected you to go to its movie premieres and vote for company product and stars at Oscar time. If you didn't, you weren't considered a loyal employee ..."
Good to know nothing has changed very much.