Neil Gaiman, Others React to Golden Globe Animation Noms

New one-sheet poster from Henry Selic's 3D stop-motion animated adaptation of Neil Gaiman

The 2010 Golden Globe award nominees have been released, and the list for the animation category is impressive by any standard.

According to a press release, the nominating committee for the Hollywood Foreign Press reviewed approximately 15 different full-length feature films, finally selecting the following:

Coraline (Summit) 

The Fantastic Mr. Fox (Fox)

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (Sony)

The Princess and the Frog (Disney)

Up (Pixar)

Notable for their absence were such moneymakers as Dreamworks’ Monsters vs. Aliens and Fox/Blue Sky’s Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs. Critical favorites such as Shane Acker’s “9” and Hayao Miyazaki’s Ponyo were also missing.

Still, if there had to be a dark horse for a Golden Globe nod, it is Coraline. Based on a children’s novel by Neil Gaiman, the film was released February 2009. Stop motion maven Henry Selick directed the dark tale with some truly terrifying moments. Despite a warm critical reception, it only did $75 million in domestic box office receipts.

That isn’t bothering the film’s creators though.

“It is a very pleasant surprise and honor for our movie to be recognized with this nomination,” said Coraline’s producer, Bill Mechanic. “Hundreds of artists who worked so hard and for so long on Coraline all share in the joy."

“This Golden Globe nomination is sweet validation for the years of hard work it took to bring Coraline to life using stop-motion animation with the greatest crew of animators, artists, and technicians I've ever been privileged to work with. I share this nomination with all of them and we all share our thanks to the Hollywood Foreign Press,” added Selick.

When contacted, Gaimain said he is "thrilled and honored that so many people have responded to what Henry and his amazing team created." He went on to say, "I had a dream in my head when I finished the book of the kind of film I wanted to see, and I gave the mss to my agent, Jon Levin, to get to Henry Selick. It took 9 years to get onto the screen but it was worth every moment of the wait.”

Pixar’s Pete Docter, co-director of Up, which is also one of the top five box office movies of 2009, is also quite pleased with his nomination.

“We're flattered and honored with the support we've received for Up throughout the year,” he said, “and this is a humbling, happy year-end moment for us. We spend years making these films and you never know how people will receive them, and we continue to be thrilled with the response. Thank you to the Hollywood Foreign Press for this incredible honor.”

Also of note, James Cameron’s Avatar has been nominated for a Best Picture award, even though the film won’t hit the big screen until this Friday. Considering the amount of animation used in Avatar, it could as easily fit into the Best Animated category.

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