The Golden Globes Awards, 2019 was as interesting as it was controversial with Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse wrapped up an early win taking home the trophy for Best Animated Feature at the 76th annual ceremony.
This is Sony’s first win in the category. Nominees in the category included Disney-Pixar’s Incredibles 2, Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Ralph Breaks the Internet, Mamoru Hosoda’s Mirai, and Wes Anderson’s stop-motion animated Isle of Dogs.
“We’re in an alternate universe where we win this,” joked producer and co-writer Phil Lord when accepting the award, handed out by the cast of Marvel Studios’ Black Panther.
“Thank you [Hollywood Foreign Press Assocation] for recognizing such an unusual movie. This is a ridiculous — look at all these people — collaboration amongst many filmmakers, starting with our directors Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, [and] Rodney Rothman.”
This is only the third time since the category was introduced in 2007 that it wasn’t awarded to a film from Disney or Pixar.
The first time was in 2012, where the award went to the Steven Spielberg-directed The Adventures of Tintin, and the second time in 2015, where the award was won by DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon 2.
Pixar has been awarded the Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature seven times, winning the gold for Ratatouille, WALL-E, Up, Toy Story 3, Brave, Inside Out, and Coco.
Walt Disney Animation Studios, nominated eight times in the 12 years since the category was established, has won twice, taking its first Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature for Frozen before winning again three years later with Zootopia.
Critically, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse fared best with 97% on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, topping Incredibles 2 (94%), Mirai (92%), Isle of Dogs (89%) and Ralph Breaks the Internet (88%).