Globes Go to Cars, Happy Feet

Anthropomorphized automobiles and penguins got some love Monday night as the Hollywood Foreign Press Association presented the 64th Golden Globe Awards. Disney/Pixar’s Cars rolled off with the very first Globe for Best Animated Feature while Warner Bros./Village Roadshow’s Happy Feet danced away with Best Original Song for ‘Song of the Heart’ (music and lyrics by pop star Prince). The kudos were handed out at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.

Cars took the top toon award over Happy Feet and Sony/Columbia Picture’s Monster House. Director John Lasseter accepted the award, thanking the Hollywood Foreign Press for creating a category for animated features. ‘Animation is awesome!,’ he enthused. ‘It’s my life, I’ve lived it and it’s so exciting to have its own category.’ He went on to thank the association for giving the award to Cars. ‘It’s been six years of a passion of mine for this movie. This movie is about a very important lesson that we’ve all experienced, which is life is about the journey and not the destination. I learned that from my wife, Nancy, and my five boys.’

The decision to recognize animation with its own category came after members voted on the matter in Decmber of 2005. “Animated features have become an important component of the studio lineup so there was an overwhelming consensus that this new category be created,” Hollywood Foreign Press Association president Philip Berk said at the time. Since there was no dedicated animation category in 2004, Pixar’s The Incredibles was lumped in with a field of live-action films in the category Best Motion Picture (musical or comedy). That particular award went to Martin Scorsese’s The Aviator.

In the Best Song category, the Happy Feet tune was up against entries from the live-action features Dreamgirls, The Pursuit of Happyness, Bobby and Home of the Brave. Prince was not on hand to receive the award, so presenter Justin Timberlake accepted on his behalf, crouching below the microphone to poke fun at Prince’s diminutive stature.

A full list of 2007 Golden Globe winners can be found at www.hfpa.org.