The Golden Globes are growing up. Long gone are the days when they would nominate films like Cars 2 and The Bee Movie.
A year after the awards show made history by nominating two European animated features, they made history again this year by nominating a Japanese animated feature for the first time, Mamoru Hosoda’s Mirai.
Mirai is joined by Wes Anderson’s PG-13 stop-motion tale Isle of Dogs, Sony’s wildly-experimental-by-Hollywood-standards superhero film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, and two Disney-produced sequels, Incredibles 2 and Ralph Breaks the Internet. (It’s worthwhile to note that, with the exception of Mirai, every nominated film has at least one director who has previously been nominated for a Golden Globe in the feature animation category.)
The other noteworthy inclusion on the list is Spider-Man, which has been building intense buzz over the last month, garnering stellar reviews from critics and strong support from major figures in the live-action film world, such as Guillermo del Toro:
Academy animation members take note!! https://t.co/mgKeslRrs0
— Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) December 6, 2018
If there was a snub in the category, it’s the exclusion of the Hungarian hand-drawn feature Ruben Brandt, Collector, which is being released in the U.S. by Sony Pictures Classics. The film has a low profile heading into awards season, and furthermore, it’s adult-oriented, which never seems to help an animated film when it’s time for awards.
We identified the Milorad Krstic-directed film as our top foreign animation pick, writing, “It’s stylistically audacious — using cubism-inspired 2d animation — and philosophically fascinating, as it explores the transformative nature of art.” But when an awards show nominates two family-friendly Disney films, good luck slipping in a psychological action-crime thriller nominated into that same category.
Here again are the Golden Globe nominees for 2018’s best animated feature:
dir. Brad Bird
(Disney-Pixar / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
Isle of Dogs
dir. Wes Anderson
(Indian Paintbrush, American Empirical Pictures / Fox Searchlight Pictures)
dir. Mamoru Hosoda
(Studio Chizu / GKIDS)
Ralph Breaks the Internet
dir. Phil Johnston, Rich Moore
(Walt Disney Animation Studios / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
dir. Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman
(Columbia Pictures, Sony Pictures Animation / Sony Pictures Releasing)
The Golden Globes, now in its 76th year, are presented by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), a group of foreign journalists that covers the Hollywood entertainment industry for international publications.
The awards will be presented on Sunday, January 6, 2019.