Thursday, January 3, 2019

Golden Globe Winner Predictions: Best Animated Film

The competition:
Incredibles 2 comes from Pixar, a studio that has dominated this category with eight wins since its inception in 2006. Director Brad Bird took home this award in 2007 for “Ratatouille.” The original film in the series was released in 2004 and was nominated for Best Motion Picture – Comedy/Musical before taking home Oscars for Best Animated Feature and Best Sound Editing.

Isle of Dogs comes from American Empirical Pictures, which won this award in 2009 for “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” and Indian Paintbrush, which won Best Motion Picture – Comedy/Musical for “The Grand Budapest Hotel” in 2014. Both films come from director Wes Anderson, who also helmed past Best Motion Picture – Comedy/Musical nominee “Moonrise Kingdom.” This film is also nominated for Best Original Score.

Mirai comes from first-time nominee Studio Chizu and distributor GKIDS, a contender last year for “The Breadwinner.” This is the first Japanese-language film nominated for this award despite five Japanese films having contended for the corresponding Oscar.

Ralph Breaks the Internet comes from Walt Disney Animation Studios, which won this award for “Zootopia” in 2016. The original film in the series, “Wreck-It Ralph,” was nominated for this award in 2012, and co-director Rich Moore was honored in 2016 for his work on “Zootopia.”

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse comes from Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation, both of which have contended a number of times before, with the former sharing in a win for “The Adventures of Tintin” in 2011. It’s the first mention for Marvel Entertainment in the animation category after bids in other races for “Deadpool” two years ago.

Additional notes: Two out of four previously nominated sequels have won this award, though there has not been a year where two sequels have competed against each other.
What should win: These are honestly all great choices. I really enjoyed “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” but my vote goes to “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” which was terrific.
What will win: It could easily be “Incredibles 2” or “Isle of Dogs,” but I think recent release Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse has exactly the momentum it needs right now.

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