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Golden Globes 2021 Animation Nominees Announced

Golden Globes 2021
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Golden Globes 2021 Animation Nominees Announced

The Hollywood Foreign Press announced the five titles nominated for this year’s Best Animated Feature Golden Globe this morning. The announcement was made by Sarah Jessica Parker and Taraji Henson on the Golden Globe website and on The Today Show.

This year’s five big animation nominees are:

  • The Croods: A New Age (DreamWorks/Univ.) Director: Joel Crawford
  • Onward (Disney/Pixar) Dir: Dan Scanlon
  • Over the Moon (Netflix, Pearl, Keane Studios) Dir: Glen Keane
  • Soul (Disney/Pixar) Dir: Pete Docter, Kemp Powers
  • Wolfwalkers (Cartoon Saloon, Melusine, Apple TV) Dir: Tomm Moore, Ross Stewart

Missing from the mix were favorites such as Aardman’s A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon, Studio Ghibli’s Earwig and the Witch and Netflix’s The Willoughbys.

The music of Pixar’s Soul (by Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross and Jon Batiste) was also nominated in the Best Score category, along with The Midnight Sky, News of the World, Tenet and Mank.

The Golden Globes are voted on by the approximately 90 journalists who make up the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA). The78th Golden Globes awards will air live coast to coast 8 p.m. ET, 5 p.m. PT o NBC on Feb. 28 and will be hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.

As reflected in the chart below, the Golden Globes are often good predictors of what the Academy Award voters will also pick as the Best Animated Feature of the year. However, last year, the HFPA voters opted for the underdog contender, LAIKA’s Missing Link, while the Oscar went to Pixar’s shoo-in Toy Story 4.

Pixar has had a solid record at the Golden Globes, so this year’s race will be a closely watched one between Soul, the hugely admired Wolfwalkers from the brilliant team at Cartoon Saloon and Netflix/Pearl Studio’s beautifully crafted musical Over the Moon.

A Look Back at ‘Oscars vs. Golden Globes’ Track Record

Year Academy Awards Golden Globes
2007 Happy Feet Cars
2008 Ratatouille Ratatouille
2009 WALL.E WALL.E
2010 Up Up
2011 Toy Story 3 Toy Story 3
2012 Rango The Adventures of Tintin
2013 Brave Brave
2014 Frozen Frozen
2015 Big Hero 6 How to Train Your Dragon 2
2016 Inside Out Inside Out
2017 Zootopia Zootopia
2018 Coco Coco
2019 Spider-Man: Spider-Verse Spider-Man: Spider-Verse
2020 Toy Story 4 Missing Link
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