‘Missing Link’ denies 3 animated films from making Golden Globe history

Missing Link” pulled off one of the big upsets at Sunday’s Golden Globes, taking Best Animated Feature. Its surprise win means that a franchise has yet to win more than one animated feature Globe.

The LAIKA film, which was in third place in our odds, overcame three follow-ups whose predecessors had won this award before: “Toy Story 4,” which was predicted to win, “Frozen II” and “”How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World.” The fifth nominee was “The Lion King.”

Since the Globes’ animated feature category was only established 13 years ago, the first two “Toy Story” installments, released in 1995 and 1999, never had the chance to compete for this award, but “Toy Story 3” (2010) claimed the prize en route to its Oscar win. The first two “Toy Story” films were nominated for Best Comedy/Musical Film, with the sequel triumphing, but since the animated category was created, English-language animated films are ineligible for the two main film awards.

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Meanwhile, “Frozen” and “How to Train Your Dragon 2” won six and five years ago, respectively.

The victory gives LAIKA its first Globe here and also denied Pixar its ninth win in 12 nominations. Pixar’s other three losses were for “Cars 2” (2011), which received mix reviews and was beaten by “The Adventures of Tintin”; “The Good Dinosaur” (2015), which lost to another Pixar film, “Inside Out”; and “Incredibles 2,” whose superheroics couldn’t snatch the win from “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” last year.

And it must be mentioned: No franchise has won multiple Best Animated Feature Oscars either.

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