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 Disney Pixar film Cars was the first recipient of the award. The award for best animated film has subsequently been presented to five other Pixar films: Ratatouille received the award in 2008, WALL-E was the recipient in 2009, Up received the award in 2010, Toy Story 3 won in 2011, and Brave won in 2013. In 2012, Cars 2 lost to The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn and in 2014, Monsters University was the first not to be nominated. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has been awarding Golden Globe Awards since 1944.
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 before, but in reality they simply are not eligible to be nominated.
Winners and nominees
- The winner in each year is shown with a blue background.
- "†" indicates the winner of the Academy Award.
- "‡" indicates a Golden Globe Award nominee who was nominated for an Academy Award
- "§" indicates a Golden Globe Award-winning film that was not nominated for an Academy Award in this category.
|2006||Cars ‡||John Lasseter||Pixar Animation Studios||Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures|
|Happy Feet †||George Miller||Village Roadshow Pictures, Animal Logic, Kennedy Miller Productions||Warner Bros. Pictures|
|Monster House ‡||Gil Kenan||ImageMovers, Amblin Entertainment, Relativity Media||Columbia Pictures|
|2007||Ratatouille †||Brad Bird||Pixar Animation Studios||Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures|
|Bee Movie||Simon J. Smith and Steve Hickner||DreamWorks Animation||Paramount Pictures|
|The Simpsons Movie||David Silverman||20th Century Fox Animation, Gracie Films||20th Century Fox|
|2008||WALL-E †||Andrew Stanton||Pixar Animation Studios||Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures|
|Bolt ‡||Chris Williams and Byron Howard||Walt Disney Animation Studios||Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures|
|Kung Fu Panda ‡||Mark Osborne and John Stevenson||DreamWorks Animation||Paramount Pictures|
|2009||Up †||Pete Docter||Pixar Animation Studios||Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures|
|Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs||Phil Lord and Chris Miller||Sony Pictures Animation||Columbia Pictures|
|Coraline ‡||Henry Selick||Laika, Pandemonium||Focus Features|
|Fantastic Mr. Fox ‡||Wes Anderson||Fox Animation Studios||20th Century Fox|
|The Princess and the Frog ‡||Ron Clements and John Musker||Walt Disney Animation Studios||Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures|
|2010||Toy Story 3 †||Lee Unkrich||Pixar Animation Studios||Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures|
|Despicable Me||Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud||Illumination Entertainment||Universal Pictures|
|How to Train Your Dragon ‡||Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois||DreamWorks Animation||Paramount Pictures|
|The Illusionist ‡||Sylvain Chomet||Pathé, Django Films||Sony Pictures Classics|
|Tangled||Nathan Greno and Byron Howard||Walt Disney Animation Studios||Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures|
|2011||The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn §||Steven Spielberg||Nickelodeon Movies, Amblin Entertainment, WingNut Films, The Kennedy/Marshall Company, Weta Digital, Hemisphere Media||Paramount Pictures and Columbia Pictures|
|Arthur Christmas||Sarah Smith||Aardman Animations, Sony Pictures Animation||Columbia Pictures|
|Cars 2||John Lasseter||Pixar Animation Studios||Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures|
|Puss in Boots ‡||Chris Miller||DreamWorks Animation||Paramount Pictures|
|Rango †||Gore Verbinski||Nickelodeon Movies, GK Films, Industrial Light & Magic||Paramount Pictures|
|2012||Brave †||Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman||Pixar Animation Studios||Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures|
|Frankenweenie ‡||Tim Burton||Walt Disney Pictures||Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures|
|Hotel Transylvania||Genndy Tartakovsky||Sony Pictures Animation||Columbia Pictures|
|Rise of the Guardians||Peter Ramsey||DreamWorks Animation||Paramount Pictures|
|Wreck-It Ralph ‡||Rich Moore||Walt Disney Animation Studios||Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures|
|2013||Frozen †||Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee||Walt Disney Animation Studios||Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures|
|The Croods ‡||Kirk DeMicco and Chris Sanders||DreamWorks Animation||20th Century Fox|
|Despicable Me 2 ‡||Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud||Illumination Entertainment||Universal Pictures|
|How to Train Your Dragon 2 ‡||Dean DeBlois||DreamWorks Animation||20th Century Fox|
|Big Hero 6 †||Don Hall and Chris Williams||Walt Disney Animation Studios||Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures|
|The Book of Life||Jorge Gutierrez||Reel FX Creative Studios, 20th Century Fox Animation||20th Century Fox|
|The Boxtrolls ‡||Graham Annable and Anthony Stacchi||Laika||Focus Features|
|The Lego Movie||Phil Lord and Christopher Miller||Village Roadshow Pictures, Lego System A/S, Vertigo Entertainment, Lin Pictures, Animal Logic, Warner Animation Group||Warner Bros. Pictures|
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 less than eight animated films qualify, the award will not be given, in which case the films would be eligible for Best Picture. If less than twelve animated films qualify, the category will be limited to three nominations per year.
- Golden Globe Award
- Academy Award for Best Animated Feature
- BAFTA Award for Best Animated Film
- Annie Award for Best Animated Feature
- Ball, Ryan (2006-01-30). "Golden Globes in Toon for ’07". Animation Magazine. Retrieved 2006-06-13.
- "70th Golden Globe Awards Consideration: Best Foreign Language Film – Submission" (PDF). Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Retrieved February 12, 2013.
Films that qualify for the best foreign language film award also qualify for Golden Globe awards in all other categories except best motion picture drama and best motion picture musical or comedy which are for English-language films exclusively.