Golden Globes Expands Animated Features To Five Nominations

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association have announced that they will expand this year's number of Golden Globe nominations for Best Animated Feature from three to five. The amended rule now reads:

Eligible films must be feature-length (70 minutes or longer) with no more than 25% live action. If less than eight animated films qualify, the award will not be given, in which case the films would be eligible for Best Picture. If less than twelve animated films qualify, the category will be limited to three nominations per year.

This comes on the heels of the Academy of Motion Pictures' announcement that twenty films were submitted for Best Animated Feature Oscar, which would result in five nominees instead of the usual three.

Here is a list of animated features submitted to the Academy, which would probably still apply for the Golden Globes:

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel

Astro Boy

Battle for Terra

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs


Disney's A Christmas Carol

The Dolphin – Story of a Dreamer

Fantastic Mr. Fox

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs

Mary and Max

The Missing Lynx

Monsters vs. Aliens


Planet 51


The Princess and the Frog

The Secret of Kells

Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure

A Town Called Panic


Nominations for the 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards will be announced at 5:00am pacific time on Tuesday morning, December 15th 2009. The 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards will be hosted by Ricky Gervais, and broadcast live coast to coast Sunday, January 17th 2010 on NBC (5 to 8 pm PT, 8 to 11 pm ET) from The Beverly Hilton.