Five Animated Features Up for Golden Globe Nominations

The Hollywood Foreign Press announced the nominees for the 67th Golden Globe Awards early this morning (Tuesday, January 15).

The nominees in the Best Animated Feature category are (in alphabetic order):

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. Directed by Chris Miller and Phil Lord (Sony Pictures Animation)

Coraline. Directed by Henry Selick (Laika/Focus Features)

The Fantastic Mr. Fox. Directed by Wes Anderson (Fox Searchlight)

The Princess and the Frog. Directed by Ron Clements and Jon Musker (Disney)

Up. Directed by Pete Docter. (Disney/Pixar)

James Cameron’s much anticipated Avatar also did well in the major categories, scoring a best drama (alongside The Hurt Locker, Inglourious Basterds, Precious and Up in the Air), best director nomination (competing with Kathryn Bigelow, Clint Eastwood, Jason Reitman and Quentin Tarantino) best score for James Horner and best song for ‘I Will See You’ (James Horner, Simon Franglen, Kuk Harrel). Surprisingly none of Randy Newman’s songs from Disney’s Princess and the Frog received any nominations.

The Golden Globes will be held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 17, 2010 and will be broadcast live on NBC, 8 p.m. on the East Coast, 5 p.m. on the West Coast. Often seen as an early predicator for the Oscars, the Golden Globe nomination bode well for movies such as Up and Avatar to also make in the Best Picture Academy Awards race.

For a complete list of the nominees, visit www.goldenglobes.org.