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Golden Globes add animated film category

Hollywood Foreign Press follows in the footsteps of the Academy Awards
/ Source: The Associated Press

Animated movies will finally have a Golden Globe to call their own.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association will add a category to its awards program — best animated feature film — beginning with the 64th annual Golden Globe Awards in 2007, HFPA President Philip Berk announced Monday.

“Animated features have become an important component of the studio lineup,” Berk said in a statement, “so there was an overwhelming consensus that this new category be added.”

Animated films have been recognized with Golden Globe nominations in the best picture, musical or comedy category. “The Incredibles” was nominated in 2004 and “Finding Nemo” in 2003. Neither won best picture.

The new category is open to feature-length animated films 70 minutes or longer. If fewer than eight films qualify in a given year, the award will not be given, Berk said.