The 72nd Annual Golden Globe Award nominees were announced this morning. Nominated for Best Animated Feature were Disney’s Big Hero 6, Reel FX’s The Book of Life, and Dreamworks How To Train Your Dragon 2. Laika’s The Boxtrolls and Warner Bros. The Lego Movie.
Hand drawn animation was completely snubbed. Among others, Cartoon Saloon’s Song Of The Sea and Studio Ghibli’s The Tale of Princess Kaguya were notably omitted from nomination.
The Hollywood Foreign Press have given an award for Best Animated Feature Film ever since 2007. Pixar has won every year except in 2011, when Spielberg’s The Adventures Of Tintin took the prize, and last year 2013 when Monsters University lost out to Disney’s Frozen. This is the second time in Globe history that a Pixar film was excluded from the running – but this time it was because there was no Pixar release in 2014.
Congratulations to all the nominees.
Golden Globe Nominations BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
BIG HERO 6
Walt Disney Animation Studios; Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
THE BOOK OF LIFE
Twentieth Century Fox and Reel FX Animation Studios; Twentieth Century Fox
Laika; Focus Features
HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2
DreamWorks Animation LLC; Twentieth Century Fox
THE LEGO MOVIE
Warner Bros. Pictures / Village Roadshow Pictures / RatPac-Dune Entertainment / Lego System A/S / Vertigo Entertainment/Lin Pictures; Warner Bros. Pictures
Reactions to nominations:
– Guillermo del Toro, producer “The Book of Life”
Over three years ago, we started this journey on a research trip to Norway and Svalbard. As a filmmaker, what has been so gratifying is to have had the experience of traveling all over the world and seeing how Toothless and Hiccup have resonated with audiences. I'm so proud of our cast and crew and also want to congratulate the other nominees. It's been a great year for animation and I'm humbled to be in their company. Today's nomination from the Hollywood Foreign Press is the icing on the cake of an amazing year for us - so thanks to all at the HFPA for a great wake-up call. - Dean DeBlois, Writer / Director, "How to Train Your Dragon 2" What a great way to wake up! I can't wait to get to the studio and celebrate with our crew. It seems like yesterday when we debuted this film overseas at Cannes and then at the Annecy Film Festival. To see the reaction from international artists and audiences was overwhelming and today, to be recognized by the Hollywood Foreign Press, is such wonderful feeling. I am so proud of our director/writer Dean DeBlois and to see his passion for the characters and vision for telling such a heartfelt story honored with a nomination. Thanks to everyone at the HFPA for making our day! - Bonnie Arnold, Producer, "How to Train Your Dragon 2"
“How wonderful! My sincere thanks to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for honoring THE BOXTROLLS with this nomination. Nearly 10 years in the making, THE BOXTROLLS was a labor of wholehearted love crafted a frame at a time. From the inky black puppet mines in Portland to the well-appointed recording studios in London, our production was blessed with diverse and passionate artists of the highest caliber: brilliant actors, visionary directors, and a sublimely gifted crew. I’m so pleased that their prodigious talents have been so meaningfully recognized.”
– Travis Knight, producer of "The Boxtrolls" "Wow! We are especially thrilled with this nomination from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association because it honors the hard work of over 300 artists and animators from all over the world. THE BOXTROLLS would never had been done without the amazing dedication and craftsmanship of these people and the vision and leadership of Travis Knight, who gathered us all together in the mists of Portland, Oregon and gave us the opportunity to contribute to the wonderful legacy of this animation style. We want to thank the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for including us alongside all these other fantastic nominees."
- Anthony Stacchi and Graham Annable, directors of "The Boxtrolls"