April 16, 2014

Pixar Snubbed By Golden Globes For First Time

Over the last few years, the amount of controversy surrounding the Golden Globes, and its voting body, the Hollywood Foreign Press (HFPA), has grown to great heights. Although awards season is always accompanied by a healthy dose of controversy, there is no awards show that embodies that more than the Globes. Serious allegations have been tossed at the HFPA in the past and that has certainly come to taint its reputability. On the list of questionable decisions made by the voting group for the upcoming awards is this year’s snubbing of Pixar.

MONSTERS UNIVERSITY

Today, the Golden Globe nominations were announced, and under the Best Animated Feature Film category, only three films were nominated:

  • The Croods (DreamWorks Animation)
  • Despicable Me 2
  • Frozen (Walt Disney Animation)



Monsters University, Pixar’s entry for the year, was left off the list in a puzzling move. The category, which was added to the show in 2006, originally saw only three nominees for its first three years of existence. Each subsequent year, though, five animated films earned nominations. The field was whittled back down to three for this year’s films, leaving Monsters University and Studio Ghibli’s The Wind Rises out in the cold. Interestingly, the Ghibli film earned a nomination in the Best Foreign Film category, but for some inane reason did not make the cut in the animation category.

Despicable Me 2

In the seven years that the Animated Film award has been given out by the HFPA, Pixar has captured the trophy a remarkable six times. The only year that Pixar lost was when The Adventures of Tintin beat out Cars 2, but that was not as surprising considering the critical response to the Cars sequel. Even so, Pixar earned a nomination that year, and every year prior to and following that. 2013 is the first time since the introduction of the category in 2006 that a Pixar film has been completely shut out of the ceremony.

Frozen

This is not to discredit the other nominees in the Animation category. A tip of the hat should be given to The Croods, Despicable Me 2, and Frozen, given the sheer amount of work put in by the teams at the various studios. Looking at the list, if one had to place a bet, Frozen (which also earned a nomination for its song “Let It Go”) has a great chance of giving Walt Disney Animation its first Golden Globe. Then again, for a show that can be so unpredictable, you never know who could come out on top.

The Croods

The 70th Annual Golden Globes Awards air January 12 at 8 pm ET.

About Samad Rizvi

Samad is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Pixar Times. His favorite films include The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Vertigo, Back to the Future, Children of Men, Pan's Labyrinth, and of course, Pixar's Monsters, Inc., WALL-E and Up.

  • Mistermask

    I don’t think MU deserves an Oscar or Golden Globe. The movie was OK but that’s all. Frozen and DM 2 are way better!

    • otterprods

      It deserves a nod but not necessarily a win. I mean, Brave WON the Oscar (undeservedly so) but MU doesn’t even get a GG nod? Almost seems like retro-active equalizing.

  • Dave

    I can understand why it didn’t win and I can understand why Frozen and Despicable Me 2 did. What I can’t understand is how the heck the Croods was even noticed… #stupidestmovieoftheyear

  • Andy

    The consistency, details and the story of the movie – MU is way better than despicable me 2.

  • Samuel Crawford

    Despicable Me is only popular because of Agnes and the Minions (the actual animation is stellar though). The second movie’s plot was completely predictable and I left the theater disappointed. I agree on the notion that MU was just OK, I also kinda expected more but it was certainly better than Desp. Me 2. Frozen however, was everything thing I wanted from it and more. I hope it takes the trophy this year. I refuse to watch the Croods but it looks awful, and if it wins all of what is sacred in this world is lost…XD