Frozen, Croods, DM2, Wind Rises Vie for Golden Globes

There were only three Golden Globe qualifiers this year for animation, and those were grabbed by Disney’s Frozen, DreamWorks’ The Croods, and Illumination’s Despicable Me 2 (shutting out Monsters University – a first for Pixar). However, the Hollywood Foreign Press also nominated Studio Ghibli’s The Wind Rises (ineligible for animation) in the foreign language category and gave a nod to Frozen’s captivating “Let It Go” for best song.

But perhaps it’s not surprising that Despicable Me 2 made the cut, given its global success ($918.6 million) and the fact that it was made in France by Illumination MacGuff.

Still, of the seven years the HFPA has honored animation, their English language nominees have not mirrored the Oscar nominees four times, including last year’s ParaNorman and The Pirates! Band of Misfits, so I fully expect Monsters University to claim one of the five Oscar slots.

“We set out to make a film that everyone in the family — especially fathers — can relate to:  a story about the power of change,” said Kirk DeMicco, writer/director of The Croods. Creating an original film takes a village, and from the support of the studio leadership at DreamWorks Animation to everyone on our crew, we cannot say ‘thank you’ enough —  and if cavemen knew what a Golden Globe was, they would thank you as well!”

The Croods had a message we felt was worthy of that scale of effort, and anyone who has seen it has come away changed,” echoed writer/director Chris Sanders. “We are immensely proud of it, and of the artists who devoted themselves to it. We, and they, thank the HFPA from the bottom of their very strong hearts.”

The 71st annual Golden Globe Awards will be held on Jan. 12, 2014, with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler once again serving as co-hosts.

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