"Frozen" directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee got the news in Spanish Thursday morning that the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. had nominated their film for best animated feature: The two had traveled from Dubai to Mexico City to promote the Walt Disney Animation Studios movie, a musical adaptation of the Snow Queen fairy tale.
"Somehow Styrofoam snow has gotten stuck in my hair," Buck said by phone, as a studio publicist could be heard in the background pulling out the prop flakes. "Anyway, we feel great, we go back to our crew with this."
Fox/DreamWorks Animation's "The Croods," from directors Kirk De Micco and Chris Sanders, and Universal/Illumination Entertainment's "Despicable Me 2," from directors Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud, are the other nominees in the category.
The HFPA nominated Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki's "The Wind Rises" in the foreign language category. (HFPA rules don't allow foreign language films to compete in the animated feature category).
"Frozen" also received a nomination in the song category, for "Let It Go," an emotional tune written by Bobby Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez and performed by Idina Menzel as the character of Elsa.
"That song means so much in the movie," Lee said. "We rewrote it because of it."
For makers of CG-animated movies, which typically employ crews in the hundreds and reach broad family audiences around the world, a Golden Globe nomination is personally gratifying, but it can also be helpful at the box office, said Illumination founder and Chief Executive Chris Meledandri, who is to release "Despicable Me 2" in China in January.
"Given the degree of connectivity in the world today, news about the Golden Globes spreads across a much wider geographic area than we would have previously thought," Meledandri said. "Each year these awards become more and more well known and therefore more valuable for a movie."ALSO: