Golden Globes: ‘Missing Link’ Wins Best Animated Feature

The HFPA presented the 77th Golden Globe award ceremony on Sunday night, kicking the Hollywood awards season into high gear. Ricky Gervais returned to the podium to host the celebration of feature film and television achievement, which included honoring Tom Hanks with the Cecil B. DeMille Award and Ellen DeGeneres with the Carol Burnett Award.

The Best Animated Feature prize went to LAIKA’s globe trotting stop-motion adventure Missing Link, directed and written by Chris Butler. This marks the Oregon-based studio’s first Golden Globe win, despite prior nominations for Coraline, The Boxtrolls and Kubo and the Two Strings.

The Golden Globes have a strong winning correlation with the Oscars animated feature picks. The same movie has won both awards 10 times since the Globe category was introduced in 2006, including in 2019 when Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse snagged so many awards in its web.

Exceptions to this trend are 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.

Best Animated Feature

  • Frozen 2 (Disney)
  • How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (DreamWorks, Universal)
  • The Lion King (Disney)
  • WINNER Missing Link (LAIKA/Annapurna, United Artists)
  • Toy Story 4 (Disney/Pixar)

Best Original Song

  • “Beautiful Ghosts” (Cats) Andrew Lloyd Webber, Taylor Swift
  • WINNER “I’m Gonna Love Me Again” (Rocketman) Elton John, Bernie Taupin
  • “Into the Unknown” (Frozen 2) Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez —
  • “Spirit” (The Lion King) Timothy McKenzie, Ilya Salmanzadeh, Beyoncé —
  • “Stand Up” (Harriet) Joshuah Brian Campbell, Cynthia Erivo
"Missing Link" director Chris Butler and producer Arianne Sutner backstage at the Golden Globes

Missing Link director Chris Butler and producer Arianne Sutner backstage at the Golden Globes