Awards season is in full swing with the 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards Sunday night and while awards season looks a little different this year as the impact of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic continues to be felt, there was still plenty of films and television projects being celebrated. Among those were the best-animated films. Nominated in the category were The Croods: A New Age, Onward, Over the Moon, Soul, and Wolfwalkers with Disney’s Soul ultimately winning Best Motion Picture – Animated.
Released on Disney+ in December, Soul follows Joe Gardner (Jamie Foxx), a middle-school band teacher who finally gets his “big break” with a gig playing at the best jazz club in town only to have a tragic accident that sends him to The Great Before — a place beyond the realm of the living where new souls get their personalities, interests, and quirks in preparation to come to Earth. Joe ends up pairing up with the soul 22 (Tina Fey) who doesn’t understand the appeal of the human experience and Joe ends up trying to show 22 what’s great about life while learning the answers to some of life’s most important questions in the process.
The film marks Pixar’s first project featuring a Black character in a lead role.