THE WORLD of live-action contenders has “The Hateful Eight.” And in the arena of animation, 2015 now has The Thriving Five.

In announcing its Golden Globe nominations this morning, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (those 90 or so writers and photographers shrouded in curiosity) precisely mirrored the same quintet of animated feature nominees that the animation industry’s own Annie Awards recently announced.

The big five finalists are Starburns/Paramount’s “Anomalisa,” Pixar’s “The Good Dinosaur” and “Inside Out,” Fox/Blue Sky Studio’s “The Peanuts Movie” and Aardman’s “Shaun the Sheep.” That group fairly presages which films should be your Oscar nominees.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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