For the first time, Pixar released two feature films in the same year, so the double nomination can be viewed as validation for the long-delayed “Good Dinosaur.” The nod for that November release can also be seen as further testament of the sheer, shore-spanning love for all things Pixar.
The U.K.-based Aardman is a perennial contender, but if a stop-motion film is going to win the category this time around, it won’t be “Shaun the Sheep.”
“The Peanuts Movie” is a beautiful, heartfelt creation that stays true to the spirit of Charles Schulz’s strip — in what was a stylistic tightrope walk to straddle both the past century’s look and the current century’s visual possibilities.
But so far, two critical darlings have emerged: the big Pixar hit “Inside Out,” which in recent weeks was named best animated feature by the National Board of Review and received a whopping 13 nominations from the Annie Awards; and Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson’s “Anomalisa,” the stop-motion, partially Kickstarted indie that recently nabbed four Spirit Award nominations. So the narrative for this race tidily becomes the powerhouse thoroughbred vs. the dark horse, as well as cutting-edge animation vs. the painstakingly slow form that dates back nearly to the dawn of cinema itself.
Already, distributor Paramount can consider itself in the winner’s circle simply for picking up the dark and quirky “Anomalisa” just several months ago out of the Toronto Film Festival. “Anomalisa” first made worldwide headlines in September, when it surprised by winning the Grand Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival.
The “Inside Out” vs. “Anomalisa” narrative also offers a pedigreed showdown between Academy Award winners: Pixar’s Pete Docter, a six-time Oscar nominee, won for 2009’s “Up”; and Kaufman, a three-time Oscar nominee, won for writing 2004’s “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.”
The 73rd Golden Globes, hosted by the returning Ricky Gervais, will be presented Jan. 10, and the beautifully besotted ceremony will air on NBC.