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Award Season Focus

DreamWorks Makes History; ‘How to Train Your Dragon 2’ Wins the Golden Globe [Video]


How to Train Your Dragon 2, directed by Dean DeBlois, was awarded the Golden Globe tonight. The other nominees in the animated feature category were Big Hero 6, The Book of Life, The Boxtrolls, and The LEGO Movie.

DreamWorks Animation had previously been nominated six times in this Golden Globes category. It marks the first time in the studio’s history that they’ve won the prize since the Hollywood Foreign Press Association introduced this Golden Globes category in 2006.

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Here is the full text of Dean DeBlois’s acceptance speech:

“Wow, this is incredible. Thank you so much. We’re so excited. On behalf of over 400 people who worked on this film, from the bottom of our hearts we thank the Hollywood Foreign Press. We’d love to thank the leadership at DreamWorks: Jeffrey Katzenberg, Ann Daly, and Bill Damaschke. To our amazing partners who were with us on the distribution of it: Jim Gianopulos and all the great people at Fox. To Cressida Cowell, who actually created the whole world that we’ve been able to play in; she’s the author of the books. To our incredible cast, our incredible crew, to our incredible producer Bonnie Arnold. Thank you so much to our families; to Dave Wirtschafter and Jeff Gorin at William Morris; to Linda Lichter and Peter Nichols, our attornies; we thank you so much.”

Below is a video of the award announcement and speech:

  • Geoff

    Tough category, this year, with stiff competition.
    I would’ve been happy with Lego or Boxtrolls winning, but I’m most happy it went to the underrated, very deserving Dragons 2!

    • C. Rose

      I agreed wholeheartedly! This year marks the first time I’ve watched an awards show and wanted each film to win for different reasons. So very excited that it went to Dragons 2, though!

    • Inkan1969

      It’s curious that “The Tale of the Princess Kaguya” and “Song of the Sea” did not get nominations. Has it been typical of the GG’s to ignore limited releases, or did both films not qualify under GG rules?

      • JodyMorgan

        People accuse the Oscars of being too mainstream (which is true, really), but at least when it comes to animation, the Golden Globes make the Oscars look like a celebration of avant-garde cinema. (2007, nominating Bee Movie (?) over Persepolis; 2009, nominating Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs over The Secret of Kells; 2011, nominating The Adventures of Tintin and Cars 2 (?!) over A Cat in Paris and Chico and Rita; 2012, nominating Hotel Transylvania and Rise of the Guardians over ParaNorman and The Pirates! Band of Misfits; 2013, having only 3 nominees and thus snubbing Ernest & Celestine and The Wind Rises)

        Honestly, I’ll be (pleasantly) shocked if more than one indie/small-studio animated feature picks up an Oscar nomination this year, but when the Academy has had 5 nominees in the past, they’ve always had at least one “art house” pick in there.

        (This is not to say that the Foreign Press Association has been nominating bad films; I’m particularly fond of CwaCoM. But they definitely are the most mainstream of the major awards when it comes to animation.)

  • aveeva

    The Lego movie should have won.

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  • noname

    Very happy that Dragons 2 won!
    But there was definitely, a variety of styles this year in the animation that looked fantastic.

  • Leda

    I’m so shocked that Big Hero 6 did not win and while I very much enjoyed it, I’m SO SO SO HAPPY THAT HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 WON!!! AHHH!!!! GREAT JOB!!!

  • I felt like there were actors with longer speeches who did not get the music treatment like DeBlois did as he was already wrapping up his speech.

  • joebluhm

    EXCELLENT film.

  • Inkan1969

    Congratulations to everyone on the staff of HTTYD2.

  • SaburoDaimando

    All five movies were great last year. Just goes to show that you can’t keep animation down.

  • Lauren Sparks

    Congrats to Dean DeBlois and all of the crew!!! I couldn’t have picked a winner among this group, all are very good films. But I do think that this film deserves it. YAY! :D

  • Rodrigo

    Anyone else wanted to punch Kevin Hart after that?

  • TheDisbeliever

    Should have been Lego. If not, then BH6 or Boxtrolls. It was the fourth best out of the five. Disappointing.

  • Max C.

    The Golden Globes can make disagreeable decisions (nominating Transylvania instead of ParaNorman), but I don’t care if it’s Dragon 2 or Lego. Both are perfect to me.

  • Elliot

    While I have no problem that Dragon 2 won, I am extremely disappointed that The Tale of The Princess Kaguya wasn’t even’t nominated.

  • Jpa Balnu

    HTTYD 2 truly deserved this! I think that the Lego Movie is HIGHLY overrated, I really didnt enjoy it at all. I really hope HTTYD 2 can repeat this at Oscar gala, Dreamworks finally deserves to get another one after Shrek and 2002 (the first year animated movies had their own category) I think the first How to Train Your Dragon would have already deserved the Oscar in 2011, but was “robbed” by Toy Story 3.

  • JodyMorgan

    Previous Golden Globe winners: Cars, Ratatouille, WALL·E, Up, Toy Story 3, The Adventures of Tintin, Brave, Frozen

    I’ve been toying with this idea for a while, and finally decided to knock out a (so far) quick-n-dirty spreadsheet of the various Animated Feature Award Winners on Google Docs.

    Right now, I’m listing the awards that have been featured in CB’s “award season focus” tag: New York Film Critics Circle, National Board of Review, Los Angeles Film Critics Association, Golden Globes, Annie Awards, British Academy Film Awards, and (of course) the Academy Awards; currently the spreadsheet goes back to 1999, the first year that three of those awards were given (the Annie Award for Best Animated Feature goes back to 1992, and the LAFCA Award for Best Animated Feature goes back to 1989(!)). Any suggestions for other awards to add, or ways to improve the spreadsheet, are welcome.

    (I’d really love a spreadsheet that listed all the nominees as well as the winners, but I’m worried that would get far too unwieldy…)

  • Congrats to the crew on the win! Personally I was rooting for Lego Movie, but I’m pretty happy with this Dragons 2 winning. I’m still a little miffed that Princess Kaguya and Song of the Sea didn’t get a nomination, but the Golden Globes don’t have a long tradition of giving a nod to international/indie animation anyway.

  • Zsxd

    I think The Book of Life should have won this year…

  • Mil f

    I personally think How To Train your Dragon 2 was the best animated movie of the year. The Lego movie had no story no plot and it was way overrated. Dragons 2 on the other hand was awesome. The animation was beautiful, Toothless is the best animated creature created period