‘Spider-Verse’ Snags Animated Feature Golden Globe in Its Web

Sony Pictures Animation’s superhero shake-up Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse was named the winner of the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture – Animated at the 76th awards held Sunday evening at the Beverly Hilton. The much-lauded movie, which introduced audiences to young Miles Morales with captivatingly fresh CG animation, upset the presumed favorite Incredibles 2 (Pixar). Also nominated in a strong 2019 contest were Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs, Mamoru Hosoda’s Mirai and Disney’s Ralph Breaks the Internet.

The animated feature Globe was introduced in 2006, when it went to Pixar’s Cars — the studio has dominated the Hollywood Foreign Press honors in the category since, taking eight wins (including last year for Coco). Sister studio Disney has also added wins for Zootopia and Frozen, meaning Disney-Pixar titles have won the award 10 times in its 12-year history.

This Globe category has a strong correlation with Oscar results, with the same animated feature winning both awards nine times since 2006. The exceptions were the first year, when Globe winner Cars was passed over in favor of George Miller’s Happy Feet by the Academy; 2011, when Steven Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin took the Globe and Gore Verbinski’s Rango won the Oscar; and 2014, when the Globe went to DreamWorks’ How to Train Your Dragon 2 and the Oscar to Disney’s Marvel-inspired hit Big Hero 6.

While Isle of Dogs and Disney’s animation-infused sequel Mary Poppins Returns were both nominated for their original scores, the prize went to composer Justin Hurwitz for Apollo 11 recreation First Man.

Based on the Marvel Comics adventures, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse was directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey and Rodney Rothman. LEGO Movie visionaries Chris Miller and Phil Lord were producers, with Lord writing the story and screenplay with Rothman. The film stars Shameik Moore as Miles Morales, Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld, Mahershala Ali, Brian Tyree Henry, Lily Tomlin, Luna Lauren Velez, Zoe Kravitz, John Mulaney, Kimiko Glenn, Nicolas Cage, Kathryn Hahn, Liev Schreiber and Chris Pine. Spider-Verse has earned an estimated $133.9 million domestic box office since its Dec. 14 opening.