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Golden Globes Change Their Animation Rules


The Golden Globes, awarded annually by the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn., have revised their rules for the animated feature category. The winner of the category has gone on to win the Oscar for six of the last seven years.

Beginning with this year’s films, foreign-language animated features will be eligible to compete in the animation category. This change is a direct response to last year when Hayao Miyazaki’s The Wind Rises received a nomination in the Foreign Language Film category, but was unable to compete alongside the animation nominees. Additionally, the organization has now disqualified foreign-language animated films from competing in the Foreign Language category.

The group has also refined its overall animated feature rules to more closely align with those used by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, which hands out the Oscars. Beginning this year, 75% of a film’s lead character must be animated. The “movement and characters’ performances must be created using a frame-by-frame technique” through “hand drawing, stop motion, pixilation, animation software or a similar technique.”

Some industry observers have pointed out that these rules are designed to exclude motion capture films. That would be unfortunate. As I’ve pointed out in the past, even though a film like The Adventures of Tintin might be rooted in motion capture data, the performance is still created by animators through frame-by-frame techniques in the same manner as more traditional CG films like Frozen. And how do we deal with Gravity which could still be considered an animated film under the Hollywood Foreign Press’ new definition of animation. As the lines blur further between animation and live-action, it will become an increasing challenge for these organizations to properly acknowledge the growing role of animation in filmmaking.

  • Mister Twister

    Doesn’t matter much; none of the films I like will ever win anything.

    • Chris Bennett

      I know what you mean… but you gotta like Pixar!

  • Shanae

    They better include this time that it’s mandatory that you have to ACTUALLY WATCH the films. (I’m looking at you, Oscars.)

  • I’m actually glad the threw down the hammer and made it clear what is truly considered a nominee for Best Animated Feature. This whole controversy of motion capture of who does the work more (actors or animators) has gotten too much in consideration for this award and possibly future ones.

    With that being said, having the requirement of most of the work done by animators sets it right for the award. I fully endorse their decision on that.

    For the Foreign Film requirements, I was a bit disappointed, as most American award shows barely consider foreign animation films for Best Animated Feature (specifically the Golden Globes). I think it would make it harder for someone overseas to contend with stuff made in the States, rather they have earned the nomination or not. That’s where I disagree with the Golden Globes.

  • bob

    Meh it’s who has the most money anyway.

    • Strong Enough

      no it isn’t lmao.

  • Fried

    Because most of them will be in a family-comedy genre regardless.

  • ggazoo

    The changes discussed above aren’t in relation to Academy voters and categories, but instead the Golden Globes. The Globes are voted on by a small group of journalists and “journalists” calling itself the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. There’s always been a lot of skepticism and controversy about their membership and how they decide on the “winners”(and rightfully so).

    The fact that the GG awards seem to influence the Academy voters has to do with momentum and perception-two big factors that unfortunately in some cases result in lazy or uninterested voters in the Academy just ticking whatever box they’ve heard of. However, some members do care and make an effort, of course.

  • Ted

    Rotoscope was the MoCap of its day, so yeah let ’em in.

  • JJ

    I think that when considering which films should be eligible for any kind of “Best Animated Feature” award, you should consider whether the filmmakers chose to make an animated film or were forced to through technological limitations.

    “Gravity” would have been filmed in live action if it was possible, so I don’t think it should be given an award for “Best Animated Film” even though that would be technically correct.

    Similarly, I don’t think motion capture films should be eligible because if the technology worked correctly, it would completely eliminate animators from the process. Animators are needed because mo-cap data isn’t good enough to be used raw, but that’s the goal.

    While the role of animators in motion capture and visual effects absolutely should not be ignored, I think that work should be acknowledged in categories that award the actual animation artistry. I think “Best Animated Feature” categories should be for films that choose the medium of animation, not films that are forced to use it.