ⓘ Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film


ⓘ Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film

The Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film was awarded for the first time at the 64th Golden Globe Awards in 2007. It was the first time that the Golden Globe Awards had created a separate category for animated films since its establishment. The nominations are announced in January and an awards ceremony is held later in the month. Initially, only three films are nominated for best animated film, in contrast to five nominations for the majority of other awards. The Pixar film Cars was the first recipient of the award.


1. Eligiblity

English-language films may be nominated in only one feature category. Therefore, films nominated in this category are ineligible to be nominated for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, Best Motion Picture – Drama if their principal dialogue is in English. However, films nominated for Best Foreign Language Film are eligible for Best Animated Feature; the only Golden Globe film awards for which they are ineligible are the two Best Motion Picture awards. This has led to much confusion leading many to believe animated films are snubbed in the Best Motion Picture categories, specifically Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy where animated films have won and/or were nominated before, but in reality they simply are not eligible to be nominated.


2. Winners and nominees

On November 17, 2009, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced that at the 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards, there will be five nominees for Best Animated Feature Film, as its members voted to amend its rules: eligible films must be feature-length 70 minutes or longer with no more than 25% live action. If fewer than eight animated films qualify, the award will not be given, in which case the films would be eligible for Best Picture. If fewer than twelve animated films qualify, the category will be limited to three nominations per year.


3. Breakdown

  • Laika - 1 win, 4 nominations
  • Walt Disney Animation Studios - 2 wins, 10 nominations
  • Illumination Entertainment - no wins, 3 nominations
  • Pixar Animation Studios - 8 wins, 12 nominations
  • Nickelodeon Movies - 1 win, 2 nominations
  • Sony Pictures Animation - 1 win, 4 nominations
  • Blue Sky Studios - no wins, 2 nominations
  • DreamWorks Animation - 1 win, 9 nominations
  • Indian Paintbrush/American Empirical Pictures - no wins, 2 nominations
  • Aardman Animations - no wins, 2 nomiations