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Golden Globes: Animation Category Drawn Without Pixar

'Monsters University' left out of tight toon race

While all three Globes nominated animated features –“The Croods, “Despicable Me 2” and “Frozen”– come from the Hollywood majors, there was one conspicuous omission: a Pixar film.

The trio muscled past Disney-Pixar’s “Monsters University,” making this the first time that a Pixar entry has not been nominated by the Globes since the animated feature category’s induction in 2007. What’s more, a Pixar pic has won the award every year except 2011 when “The Adventures of Tintin” beat out “Cars 2.”

Next year will mark the second time a Pixar offering won’t be in the Globes mix since the Emeryville-based animation studio has already announced it won’t be releasing “The Good Dinosaur” in 2014 as originally planned. That film, along with Pixar’s “Inside Out.” will hit theaters in 2015.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn., the voting body behind the Globes, only nominated three animated films this year as 12 were required for consideration to warrant five nominees. One source said there were fewer than 11 considered by the HFPA.

Unlike the Oscar race, another oddity of the Globes’ animation field is that foreign toons are not eligible since all foreign-language films are only considered  in the foreign language category, according to Globes rules. That is why Hayao Miyazaki’s “The Wind Rises” received a nod for foreign-language film and not for animation.

This year, a handful of foreign-produced, hand-drawn toons have gotten early traction with critics groups. Most notably among these is “The Wind Rises,” which the legendary Japanese animation auteur announced would be his last film. The Studio Ghibli production which Disney will release Stateside on Feb. 21 already has scooped up animation honors from the New York Film Critics Circle and the National Board of Review.

Aside from “The Wind Rises,” the list of other foreign toons to build buzz this year includes “From Up on Poppy Hill,” another Studio Ghibli film, and GKids’ “A Letter to Momo” and “Ernest & Celestine,” the French hand-drawn pic which received the L.A. Film Critics Assn.’s animation prize. (“The Wind Rises” was runner-up.)

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