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monsters university helen mirrenTomorrow the Screen Actors Guild will announce their nominations for this year’s ceremony.  On Thursday, the Hollywood Foreign Press will weigh in with their Golden Globe nominations.  On thing worth noting is in the Animated Feature category, which was introduced in 2007, is there has to be a minimum of twelve English-language films submitted in order for them to nominate five films.  This  year, only eleven were submitted, which will result in three films to be nominated on Thursday.

In a year that many have declared our weakest for animation, this isn’t an unhappy surprise.  Films like Frozen, Monsters University, and The Croods are likely our frontrunners to be cited.  Films like The Wind Rises, Ernest & Celestine, and A Letter to Momo are not eligible and will compete in the Foreign Language category.  Other contenders will include Epic, Disney’s Planes, and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2.

Since 2007, the Golden Globe Animated Feature lineup has not mirrored the Oscar Animated category only four times, regarding their English-language features that were eligible.  Surf’s Up, The Secret of Kells, Kung Fu Panda 2, ParaNorman, and The Pirates! Band of Misfits all missed out on Golden Globe nominations and were later nominated for the Academy Award.  With three spots eligible, this will be the first time that the Oscars and Golden Globes won’t line up in numbers, since AMPAS will nominate five films this year.

Which three do you see being highlighted by the HFPA?