It’s a stellar result for Disney, which picked up nominations for its three animated releases of the year: Toy Story 4, The Lion King, and Frozen 2. For the first time since 2012, the House of Mouse accounts for a majority of the nominated films. But the studio has dominated this award since it was created, winning in ten out of 13 years. The odds are good for an 11th statuette.
The last two slots go to How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, the well-received final installment in Dreamworks’s blockbuster trilogy, and Missing Link, a critical darling which underperformed at the box office.
But Cartoon Brew notes:
It’s worth noting the presence of The Lion King, which Disney, in keeping with its disinformation campaign, submitted to the Oscars in the vfx (and not animation) category. There is no vfx award at the Golden Globes.
Update: According to sources with knowledge of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the Walt Disney Company submitted The Lion King as a live-action film, however the organization (correctly) recognized that it was an animated film and considered it for its animation category.
Two of the Disney nominees — Pixar’s Toy Story 4 and Walt Disney Animation Studios’s Frozen II — were expected, but the third nominee, The Lion King, is a total surprise because the Walt Disney Company had heretofore not acknowledged that it was an animated film. Did they have a change of heart? The answer is no.
According to sources with knowledge of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), we’ve learned that the Disney Company actually submitted The Lion King as a live-action film, however the HFPA disqualified it from the live-action categories. According to the organization’s rules (see PDF), “Animated motion pictures are not eligible for the Best Motion Picture – Drama, Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, or Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language awards.”
So Disney’s ad campaign doesn’t mention animation in their The Lion King promotion.
Cartoon Brew reminds us:
Here again are the Golden Globe nominees for 2019’s best animated feature:
dir. Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee
(Walt Disney Animation Studios / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
dir. Dean DeBlois
(Dreamworks Animation / Universal Pictures)
The Lion King
dir. Jon Favreau
(Walt Disney Pictures / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
dir. Chris Butler
(Laika / United Artists Releasing)
Toy Story 4
dir. Josh Cooley
(Disney-Pixar / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
The awards will be presented on Sunday, January 5, 2020.