“Soul” wins best animated feature and score at the 2021 Golden Globe Awards

Golden Globe Awards signs

Updated on August 28, 2022

This year’s Golden Globe Awards were held on Sunday. Below are the animation-related winners, and my thoughts. A full list of nominees and winners is available here.

Best Picture, Animated

Metacritic score in parentheses.

  • Soul (83)
  • Wolfwalkers (87)
  • Onward (61)
  • Over the Moon (60)
  • The Croods: A New Age (56)

Best Score, Motion Picture

  • Jon Batiste, Atticus Ross, Trent Reznor, “Soul”
  • Alexandre Desplat, “The Midnight Sky”
  • Ludwig Göransson, “Tenet”
  • James Newton Howard, “News of the World”
  • Atticus Ross, Trent Reznor, “Mank”


The best score nominations weren’t a typo; I checked. It’s a dual nomination for Atticus Ross and Trent Reznor, the latter of rock group Nine Inch Nails fame.

"Soul" poster
“Soul.” (Disney/Pixar)

As I expected, “Soul” won for best animated feature. The film also won for best score, giving “Soul” two big wins. I still haven’t gotten around to watching it, but it’s on my (already lengthy) list of films to watch.

Like everything these days, the award show was held virtually, with most of the winners accepting their prize from their homes. I said “most,” because for whatever reason they still had an audience at the theater, with said audience wearing masks.

The usual problems

The Golden Globes got more heat than usual this year when it was revealed there’s not a single Black member of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the 87-member group that holds the Golden Globes. Even worse, the HFPA also hasn’t had a Black member for the past 20 years, which explains a lot.

Judging from my Twitter feed, tuning into this year’s awards wasn’t exactly a high priority for many, and for good reason. Various media publications also didn’t think much of the Golden Globes (and its various problems), from the scathing articles by Deadline and Time.

I noticed the technical problems and mediocre-quality video conferencing by various celebrities. Given Hollywood’s resources, I’d figure they’d have access to better technology and broadband than I do, but apparently not.

I kept the ceremony on in the background, only really caring about the animation-related awards. However, I shut it off toward the end, after seeing a “Borat” sequel won for best musical/comedy picture, beating out “Hamilton” of all things. Which, I suppose, might be a good summary of the Golden Globes (and its organizers) overall.

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Anthony Dean

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