This morning the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced this year’s nominees for the Golden Globe awards. We’re so excited that Zootopia and Moana are nominees! Both films were nominated in the Best Motion Picture, Animated category, and Moana‘s “How Far I’ll Go” was nominated for Best Original Song, Motion Picture (we knew it’s been stuck in our heads for weeks for a reason). Well, not only are we super pumped that both of these amazing Walt Disney Animation Studios film are getting the recognition they deserve, the filmmakers behind them have been celebrating via the internet all the morning.
Rich Moore (Co-director of Zootopia) had some excellent emoji use:
— Rich Moore (@_rich_moore) December 12, 2016
Lin-Manuel Miranda (writer of “How Far I’ll Go) had a moment:
Bit of a day, bit of a day, bit of a day! https://t.co/nK9hXMeAYL
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) December 12, 2016
“Gracias. Merci. Grazie. Danke sehr. Mahalo. Thank you Hollywood Foreign Press Association for this tremendous honor. Congratulations to my fellow nominees,” said Miranda in a statement. “Over two years ago, I was lucky enough to have been given my dream job, writing songs for a Disney animated film, alongside the amazing Opetaia Foa’i & Mark Mancina. Today, for Moana to be recognized for what we created is truly beyond comprehension. ‘How Far I’ll Go’ not only embodies the spirit of our heroine but the central lesson from the film — dream big, listen to your gut, don’t give up, never forget where you came from, and one day you might just save the world.” He later elaborated.
Co-Directors of Moana Ron Clements and John Musker released the following statement along with producer Osnant Shurer:
“In our 40-year careers, no film has been such a labor of love or more satisfying than Moana, about a young girl who saves the world. We’re so deeply honored that the hard work of the artists and cast is recognized by the HFPA.”
The icing on the cake is that last night Zootopia took home the Best Animated Film award at the Critics Choice Awards.
It’s been an amazing 16 hours between the Critics’ Choice Awards and then to wake up — very early — and learn of the Hollywood Foreign Press Golden Globes is terrific,” said Moore. “Everyone is so excited, and for Moana to get nominated as well. We are all best friends, so we are happy Disney is so well represented … It’s been an amazing year for animation and it’s great to see it healthy and with challenging movies.”
Congratulations to the casts and crew of Moana and Zootopia! Tune in to the Golden Globes to root for them on January 8 on NBC.