Do you hear that? It’s the sound of the Internet cheering in unison, because ‘Spider-Man: Into The Spider Verse’ just won the Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature!
This makes it the third movie that isn’t from Disney or Pixar to win the category ever since it was established in 2007, joining previous winners ‘How To Train Your Dragon 2’ (2014) and ‘The Adventures of TinTin’ (2011) in the hall of fame. Neither of these movies went on to win the Oscars, but we – and the rest of the Internet, frankly – are hoping that this time it’ll be different.
After much thought, I have decided that SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE should win both Best Picture and Best Animated Feature Film.
— Keith Calder (@keithcalder) January 1, 2019
‘Into The Spider Verse’ stands out among its predecessors for many reasons. For one, the competition has never been this steep. In order to walk home with the award this year, ‘Into The Spider Verse’ had to beat out both ‘Incredibles 2’ and ‘Ralph Breaks The Internet’; both incredibly well-received and long-anticipated sequels from Pixar.
It is also the first animated movie in awhile to perform well despite its unorthodox animation style; the Best Animation category has long snubbed both 2D animation or stop-motion alike for years in favour of the CGI animation techniques popularised by Disney and Pixar. ‘Into The Spider Verse’ as a marriage of several different styles of animation, may stand a fighting chance here.
Most importantly, the movie has a distinct advantage for reasons that may be specific to the USA. As we all know, the movie’s main character Miles Morales is an African-American. We also know that the Academy has been coming under fire for being “too white”, leading to last year’s efforts to recognise more works from people-of-colour. It’s the same reason why ‘Black Panther’ is being so heavily rooted to win Best Picture this year, and may just be the strongest reason of them all.
But whether our predictions come true or not, one thing’s for sure. ‘Into The Spider Verse’ is an amazing movie and maybe the first Spider-Man movie to truly capture the essence of what makes this hero so unique. As Peter Ramsey, the director of the movie put it in his acceptance speech, “Anyone can wear the mask; everyone is powerful and everyone is necessary, and that is the spirit of the movie. We all felt deeply that anyone can have this kind of experience and be this kind of hero.”
What are your thoughts? Are you rooting for ‘Into The Spider Verse’ to continue to winning big? Leave us your comment below!