Golden Globes expands ani category

HFPA says there will be five nominees, not three, this year

Jumping on the animation bandwagon, the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. said Tuesday that there will be five feature animated film nominees at the 67th annual Golden Globe Awards, rather than the three it has had each year since the category was launched in 2006.

The HFPA's decision follows last week's word from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which said that since 20 pics have been submitted for the best feature film Oscar, as many as five may be nominated. While the Academy created its animated feature category in 2001, it has only had enough submissions to trigger five nominees once before.

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The HFPA amended its rule governing animated features last week. Now, if 12 or more movies are submitted, the category can expand from three to five nominees.

An HFPA spokesman said the group didn't know yet how many films would be submitted this year, but it will be more than 12.

The HFPA rules differ from the Academy's in one respect, though. While an animated feature can compete in both the animated feature and best picture categories at the Academy, the Globes have not included animated movies in their best comedy/musical category, since they have had a separate category of their own.

The 67th annual Golden Globes, hosted by Ricky Gervais, will be broadcast live by NBC on Jan. 17 from the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills.