The Hollywood Foreign Press Association today unveiled its list of nominees for the 2008 Golden Globe Awards for films and television productions released in 2007. This is the first year that the annual kudo fest will include an award for Best Animated Feature. Landing slots in the category are DreamWorks Animation’s Bee Movie, Disney/Pixar’s Ratatouille and Twentieth Century Fox’s The Simpsons Movie. Noteworthy omissions include Sony Pictures Classics’ critically acclaimed Persepolis, Sony Animation’s great-looking summer pic Surf’s Up and Robert Zemeckis’ performance-capture animated Beowulf, which has been a hit with audiences overseas.
There’s a reason for leaving Persepolis off the list. The black-and-white, 2D-animated true story from directors Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud is instead competing in the Best Foreign Language Film category. The French flick is up against the live-action entries 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (Romania)?from IFC First Take, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (France and U.S.)?from Miramax/Paramount Vantage, The Kite Runner (U.S.)?from DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Classics, and Lust, Caution (Taiwan)?from Focus Features.
Disney’s Enchanted, which features both traditional Disney animation and CG visual effects animation got a pair of nominations. Star Amy Adams is up for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture’Comedy or Musical, and the song ‘That’s How You Know’ (music and lyrics by Alan Menken) is in the running for Best Original Song.
The decision to recognize animation with its own category came after members voted on the matter in December of 2005. Toon features were previously overlooked unless they were deemed worthy to compete against live-action films in the Musical or Comedy pool, as Disney/Pixar’s The Incredibles managed to do in 2004. Animation was unfortunately shut out of the television competition this year.
Films competing for Best Picture-Drama this year are Universal’s American Gangster, focus Features’ Atonement and Eastern Promises, The Weinstein Co./MGM’s The Great Debaters, Warner Bros.’ Michael Clayton, Miramax/Paramount Vantage’s No Country for Old Men and There Will Be Blood. In the running for Best Picture-Musical or Comedy are Sony Pictures’ Across the Universe, Universal’s Charlie Wilson’s War, New Line’s Hairspray, Fox Searchlight’s Juno and Warner Bros.’ Sweeny Todd.
Oscar-winning filmmaker Steven Spielberg will receive the coveted Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement award during the 65th Annual Golden Globe Awards. The honor will be bestowed upon the Transformers producer on Sunday, Jan. 13. NBC will carry the telecast starting at 8 p.m. (ET).