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The 2018 Golden Globe Awards animation nominees announced

Updated on December 10, 2021

The 75th annual Golden Globe Awards nominees were announced on Monday morning. Here’s a look at the animation-related nominees. The full nominees list is available here.

The Golden Globes will air on NBC at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT on Sunday, January 7th.

Best Motion Picture – Animated

  • The Boss Baby (DreamWorks Animation)
  • The Breadwinner (Cartoon Saloon)
  • Coco (Pixar)
  • Ferdinand (Blue Sky Studios)
  • Loving Vincent (Breakthru Films)

Best Original Song – Motion Picture

  • “Home,” Ferdinand
  • “Remember Me,” Coco
  • “The Star,” The Star
  • “Mighty River,” Mudbound
  • “This Is Me,” The Greatest Showman

Ranked by ratings

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Ranking the nominees by their Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic ratings:

Rotten Tomatoes

  • Coco: 96% (certified fresh)
  • The Breadwinner: 92% (certified fresh)
  • Ferdinand: N/A
  • Loving Vincent: 82% (certified fresh)
  • The Boss Baby: 51% (rotten)


  • Coco: 81
  • The Breadwinner: 75
  • Ferdinand: 64
  • Loving Vincent: 62
  • The Boss Baby: 50


“Coco” has earned much critical acclaim, and has been fairly successful. I assume it’ll be the choice for the best animated motion picture. I’d imagine the least likely winner is “The Boss Baby.” I’ve not seen this year’s nominated films, but I do want to see “Coco” at least.

Based on critics’ responses, almost all of the nominated films this year got a positive response. Meanwhile, “The Boss Baby” scored a 51% “rotten” rating by Rotten Tomatoes. Metacritic, who’re a bit more nuanced (per the yellow-colored “mixed” rank between green = “good” and red= “bad”), gave “The Boss Baby” a “mixed” score of 51.

Missing from the nominees:

  • “Despicable Me 3,” this year’s highest-earning animated feature ($1.032 billion worldwide gross, 74% of it overseas). Critically, it’s earned a 60% Rotten Tomatoes rating (“fresh,” but barely) and a Metacritic score of 49.
  • “Cars 3,” which only pulled in $383.7 million worldwide, and generally panned by the public… who I assume have finally had enough of the talking cars franchise, Pixar merchandising cash cow or not. Critics were somewhat more favorable, though (68% on Rotten Tomatoes, 59 on Metacritic).

Elsewhere, horror film “Get Out” is oddly nominated for “Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy,” not “Best Motion Picture – Drama.” Which has gotten a lot of grumbling/head scratching online.

Meanwhile, HBO leads in the network with the most nominations (with 12), but Netflix came in at #2 with 9. Overall, streaming services earned 15 nominations, versus 8 for broadcast networks (5 nominees for NBC, 3 for ABC).

Have you watched any of this year’s animated nominees?

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