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‘Coco’ Wins Golden Globe For Best Animated Feature

In a historic year at the Golden Globes, in which two European animated features were nominated for the first time in the animated feature category, Disney-Pixar’s Coco triumphed with the win in the category.

It marks the Walt Disney Company’s 10th win in the category, an impressive feat when one considers that the the Golden Globes have only presented an animation award for 12 years. The only two non-Disney animation winners in the history of the Golden Globes have been Tintin and How to Train Your Dragon 2.

The other nominees in this year’s feature animation category were the aforementioned European entries – Breakthru Films/Trademark Films’ Loving Vincent and Cartoon Saloon’s The Breadwinner – as well as Blue Sky’s Ferdinand and Dreamworks’ The Boss Baby.

Before tonight’s Golden Globe win, Coco had already emerged as the frontrunner for the Oscar, winning 27 out of 31 American film critics’ organization awards for best animated feature of 2017.

Nevertheless, the preference for Pixar might be a tad surprising for the Golden Globes, which are presented by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), a group of foreign film journalists, the majority of whom are based in Europe. Then again, the HFPA is not exactly a group that is respected for its knowledge of film. “They’re fucking ridiculous,” 2018 Golden Globe nominee Gary Oldman said of the HFPA. “It’s 90 nobodies having a wank. Everybody’s getting drunk, and everybody’s sucking up to everybody.”

  • Not trolling, just curious: Did Unkrich thank Lasseter? Did Adrian Molina get to talk (or just Unkrich)?

    • JodyMorgan

      No mention of Lasseter at all in the acceptance speech, vague references to “missteps” and “looking at a lot of things” in backstage comments. Animation Scoop characterized the acceptance speech thusly: “Director Lee Unkrich accepted the award and spoke – accompanied on stage by producer Darla K. Anderson and co-director Adrian Molina.” Barring contradictory information from a reputable source, I’m going to guess that means Molina didn’t actually speak during the awards ceremony.

    • diggy

      Unkrich did not thank Lasseter, and Adrian Molina did not speak. Also, unlike other category winners, the Coco directors’ names were not announced or put up on screen.

  • My Name is Rio

    Well, Disney really set everything up for Pixar to win by no realising a superior animated feature like in previous years.

    • In the last decade alone, other superior animated films NOT from Disney Co. have been out and deserved the big awards more than Disney/Pixar did. Award show voters ignore the artistry and complex storytelling from non-studio films and just give it to the Mouse just because it’s from them at all (exceptions noted).

      • Split Loafer

        Zootopia is the best animated film of the last decade. Just saying, that Disney definitely deserves to be in prestige competition recently.

        • Decade? You don’t see enough films, pal.

          • Split Loafer

            Did you copy/paste that? Seen a good amount and variety. Zootopia is the best animated film of the last decade.

  • The Heartbreak Kid

    You write this as if Coco didn’t deserve it.

    • Renard N. Bansale

      The article is pretty objective to me.

  • Renard N. Bansale

    Was kinda hoping The Breadwinner could pull off the win, but Coco is a great film that hangs alongside it just outside my top 10 for 2017, so I’m cool with Coco’s inevitable victory at the rest of these award shows. However, since the Academy is just going to hand the Best Animated Feature Oscar to Coco, they really should nominate four worthwhile (ideally non-American) losers instead of four reminders of how terrible western animation was in 2017.

  • Patrick Moore

    When are the Golden Globes are ever going to do a Best Prime Time Animated Series category and give The Simpsons, Family Guy, Bob’s Burgers, and South Park something the Golden Globes should respect. I like for the Griffins and The Belchers to win a Globe to prove that The Best animated film isn’t the only category that won’t shun prime time animation.

  • Split Loafer

    Even with the Golden Globes famous for giving awards to whomever puts on a better show on Awards night, I agree with Coco being the best of 2017.
    In a previous article I talked about my thoughts on the other contenders, except for Breadwinner which I haven’t seen.

  • Strong Enough

    normally this would be a steal but Coco is arguably the best movie of 2017. animated or not