2020 Best Animation – Golden Globe Nominees and Predictions

About The Golden Globes

The  77th annual Golden Globe Award Nominees honor the best in film and American television of 2019. The awards are scheduled to take place on January 5th, 2020, in Beverly Hills, California. Ricky Gervais will be hosting the ceremony, for the fifth time.

2019 Best Motion Picture — Animated

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How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

Photo Credit: DreamWorks

How To Train Your Dragon Story: How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is a computer-animated action-fantasy film loosely based on a book series. It is the final installment of the How To Train Your Dragon trilogy, and follows a hero named Hiccup. Hiccup must find the dragon’s world with toothless, his dragon companion while he encounters new friends and foes.

Fun Fact: With a running time of 104 minutes, this is DreamWorks Animation’s longest film.

Prediction: I really enjoyed this film and liked the way they ended the trilogy. It has become the fifth highest-grossing animated film of 2019 and has received praise from many critics.  The animation was breathtaking and the story was brought full circle. I don’t expect this film to win the category for this year but I do expect the film to get a nomination for an Academy Award.

The Lion King

Photo Credit: Disney

The Lion King Story: I don’t think this movie needs any introductions. The Lion King is a 2019 animated musical, and remake of the 1994 animated film. This highly realistic film follows Simba, a young lion cub, and his epic journey to find himself.  If you’ve seen the original film or have read Hamlet than you already know what to expect from this film.

Fun Fact: There are a total of 86 different species to be found in the movie.

Prediction: The good thing about this film is that no animals were harmed in the making of this film. As a fan of the original Lion King, I prefer the 1994 animated film version by far. Don’t get me wrong, the animators or designers of this film did a fantastic job! The animals are realistic and I believe they should be recognized for their work. I just have an issue with remakes of films that have already been nominated for previous awards in the past. I know there has also been much debate about this film as an animated film and should it even be nominated for this category? I think of this film as more CGI and should be nominated for special effects, not for best animation.

Missing Link

Photo Credit: Laika

Missing Link Story: The team from Laika has created a film that explores Mr. Link, Man’s primitive ancestor, and the charismatic Sir Lionel Frost and their quest to find myths, monsters, and a family.

Fun Fact: The bar sequence has more shots than any sequence ever produced in stop motion.

Prediction:  Being a fan of Laika, I don’t necessarily think this was their best film. Unfortunately, this movie bombed at the box office and even though it has received praise from critics, it still falls short. I did find it interesting that this is the first Laika film to feature an all-adult cast, but I don’t know too many adults or children who have seen this film. The stop motion sequences are phenomenal and Laika always does a great job with their animation, but I do not see this film winning the category for this year.

Toy Story 4

Toy Story 4 Story: Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the rest of the original characters from the Toy Story franchise travel on a road trip with Bonnie. They meet a new toy named Forky, who decides he does not want to be a toy. Prepare yourself for an existential rollercoaster.

Fun Fact: This film marked John Lasseter’s final involvement with Pixar Animation Studios before he exited the Disney company as a chief creative officer.

Prediction:  The animation for this film was really captivating. Especially the scene where Bo Peep and Woody say their goodbyes in the rain. I personally don’t think there had to be another Toy Story film but Pixar did a good job adding new characters that you care about. I thought the story was a tad bit confusing, and a little unnecessary. I didn’t like the message of the film but i do see this film being a strong contender for the category. If Frozen 2 does not win this category I expect Toy Story 4 to take home the award.

Frozen 2

Photo Credit: Disney

Frozen 2 Story: Hey, look another sequel! Frozen 2 takes place three years after the original film. Elsa, Anna, Kristoff, and Olaf embark on a quest that soon turns in a journey of self-discovery.  Ice Powers may be included.

Fun Fact: Walt Disney Animation Studio’s 61st film, and last film of the 2010s.

Prediction: And the winner is… Samantha? Frozen 2 is probably one of my favorite animated films in this category. I absolutely loved the emotion, songs, and storytelling of this film. Being a fan of Frozen, I really enjoyed how in this sequel they tell the background of each character their faults and strengths. The animation was amazing and even though some of the songs were highly unnecessary it didn’t take away from the film itself. I expect this film to win this category and look forward in seeing more Disney movies that aren’t afraid to add darker themes.

One thought on “2020 Best Animation – Golden Globe Nominees and Predictions

  1. Seems like Disney always gets the nominations. It just annoys me how there’s a “live action” remake of The Lion King in general. The fact that people defend this movie even with ripping off the 60s anime Kimba the White Lion, plagiarized “Mbube” for “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” (just look at the Netflix doc The Lion’s Share and tell me I’m wrong), the racist implications of the hyenas or how they trademarked the phrase “Hakuna Matata” is cultural appropriation. Funny enough, I did mention Scar as well as Buzz Lightyear in a list I made not too long ago: https://iridiumeye.wordpress.com/2021/04/06/top-7-characters-that-fans-are-reluctant-to-call-blatant-ripoffs/

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