The 75th Golden Globe Awards nominations were officially announced on Monday’s broadcast of NBC’s Today. As well as awarding excellence in film and television, the annual ceremony also gives animation a chance to be honored with its Best Animated Film award.
Of the five nominations for Best Animated Film, two of them are independent ones: Cartoon Saloon’s The Breadwinner and the ambitious oil-painted animated movie Loving Vincent. Nominations for independent animated features are relatively new to the Golden Globes, with the first one nominated being My Life as a Zucchini last year.
The other three nominations were reserved for mainstream animated movies. While Pixar’s Coco is an obvious nominee, Blue Sky’s Ferdinand (opening this Friday) and DreamWorks’ The Boss Baby also got a nomination each. Considering that those two got their spots over animated movies with greater acclaim like The Lego Batman Movie and Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie, it appears to be a rather surprising selection.
Deep down in New Zealand, Karl "Karlamon" Smith is a Kiwi who is passionate in animation, seeing it as an artistic medium that expresses vast creativity and brings unique characters and worlds to life. Whenever an animation-related fact pops up, it will more than likely be cemented in his brain for a long time. Some of his favourite animated movies include Zootopia, Balto, Bolt, Over the Hedge, The Fox and the Hound, the How to Train Your Dragon trilogy, The Iron Giant, and The Prince of Egypt.
Prior to contributing to Rotoscopers, Karl has served as a bureaucrat on Ice Age Wiki, and a moderator/site builder/news reporter on Animation Source. Karl is also a Computer Science and Digital Design graduate of AUT University. That, and with his additional fascination in aviation, he hopes someday to be both an animator and a pilot (if that is even possible).