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'Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio’ Named Best Animated Feature at 80th Golden Globes

The Oscar-winning director’s stop-motion passion project, 15 years in the making, beats out ‘Inu-Oh,’ ‘Marcel the Shell with Shoes On,' ‘Puss in Boots: The Last Wish,’ and ‘Turning Red’ to win the season’s first big animation award.

Banished from the airwaves in 2022 after a series of controversies involving an appalling lack of HFPA membership diversity, the Golden Globes returned last night to the Beverly Hilton Hotel with a three-hour ceremony, red carpet and all, for its 80th awards.

Guillermo Del Toro's Pinocchio, which led all animated films with noms for best animated feature, best original score, and best original song, won the award for Best Animated Feature, taking home this awards season’s first big animation prize .

The film reinvents Carlo Collodi's classic tale of the wooden marionette who is magically brought to life in order to mend the heart of a grieving woodcarver named Geppetto. This whimsical, stop-motion musical, directed by del Toro and Mark Gustafson, follows the mischievous and disobedient adventures of Pinocchio in his pursuit of a place in the world.

Similar to del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth, a dark fantasy fable set against the backdrop of Franco-fascist Spain, Pinocchio takes place in Benito Mussolini’s fascist Italy of the 1930s.

The film stars David Bradley as Geppetto and introduces Gregory Mann as Pinocchio. Other cast members include Ewan McGregor; Finn Wolfhard; Cate Blanchett; John Turturro; Ron Perlman; Tim Blake Nelson; Burn Gorman; Christoph Waltz; and Tilda Swinton.

The complete list of 2023 winners can be found here.

In the animation space, the list of nominees and winners is as follows (highlighted in bold):

Best Motion Picture – Animated

  • Guillermo Del Toro's Pinocchio (Netflix)
  • Inu-Oh (GKIDS)
  • Marcel The Shell with Shoes On (A24)
  • Puss In Boots: The Last Wish (Universal Pictures)
  • Turning Red (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)

Best Motion Picture – Drama

  • Avatar: The Way of Water (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
  • Elvis - Warner Bros
  • The Fabelmans - Universal Pictures
  • Tár - Focus Features
  • Top Gun: Maverick - Paramount Pictures

Best Original Score – Motion Picture

  • Carter Burwell - The Banshees of Inisherin
  • Alexandre Desplat - Guillermo Del Toro's Pinocchio
  • Hildur Guðnadóttir - Women Talking
  • Justin Hurwitz – Babylon
  • John Williams - The Fabelmans

Best Television Series – Drama

  • Better Call Saul - (AMC)
  • The Crown - (Netflix)
  • House of the Dragon - (HBO)
  • Ozark - (Netflix)
  • Severance - (Apple TV+)

Best Original Song – Motion Picture

  • “Carolina” — Where the Crawdads Sing – Music and lyrics by Taylor Swift
  • “Ciao Papa” — Guillermo Del Toro's Pinocchio - Music by: Alexandre Desplat; Lyrics by Roeban Katz and Guillermo del Toro
  • “Hold My Hand” — Top Gun: Maverick - Music by Lady Gaga, BloodPop, and Benjamin Rice; Lyrics by Lady Gaga and BloodPop
  • “Lift Me Up” — Black Panther: Wakanda Forever - Music by Tems, Rihanna, Ryan Coogler, and Ludwig Göransson; Lyrics by Tems, Rihanna, Ryan Coogler, Ludwig Göransson
  • “Naatu Naatu” — RRR - Music by M.M. Keeravani; Lyrics by: Kala Bhairava, Rahul Sipligunj

Source: Hollywood Foreign Press Association

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