‘Encanto’ Wins the Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature

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The newest Walt Disney Animation Studios movie Encanto has been getting a lot of attention recently — partly for all of its positive reviews from critics and audiences (especially after it premiered on Disney+), its catchy chart-topping soundtrack, and its colorful animation, but also for its heartwarming storyline. The plot of this Walt Disney Studios movie centers around the Colombian Madrigal family and the youngest girl in the family, Mirabel.

Mirabel Madrigal was the only one in her family who didn’t receive a unique ability after the extraordinary family was given magical gifts by a blessed candle, and so she feels like the black sheep in the family. But when the family’s magic and the family’s enchanted casita is in danger of breaking apart, Mirabel saves the day!


The Madrigal family: Luisa (voiced by Jessica Darrow), Isabela (voiced by Diane Guerrero), the matriarch Abuela Alma (voiced by María Cecilia Botero), Felix (voiceded by Mauro Castillo), Julieta (voiced by Angie Cepeda), Pepa (voiced by Carolina Gaitán), Agustín (voiced by Wilmer Valderrama), Camilo (voiced by Rhenzy Feliz), Antonio (voiced by Ravi Cabot-Conyers), and Dolores (voiced by Adassa) and Mirabel Madrigal (voiced by Stephanie Beatriz). John Leguizamo voices Bruno (not pictured). Credit:

This movie has already been nominated for nine Annie Awards in the animation industry, but it was also just nominated for the Golden Globe for Best Animated Picture — and the movie won on January 9! The other nominees were the new movies Flee, the Pixar movie Luca (which was also nominated for Annie Awards), My Sunny Maad, and Raya and the Last Dragon (which premiered in 2020 and was also nominated for multiple Annie Awards).


Stephanie Beatriz with her character Mirabel Madrigal. Credit: Disney Parks Blog

Since Luca and Raya and the Last Dragon are both Disney or Pixar movies, Disney was already in a good position to win the Golden Globe for Best Animated Picture this year. Encanto‘s positive reviews — and a soundtrack that is still the number one on Billboard and Spotify, with the song “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” consistently topping the list — mean that its win is particularly satisfying, though! Encanto also was nominated at the Golden Globes for Best Original Song for “Dos Oruguitas”, but lost to “No Time to Die”.

The other big winners at the Golden Globes were Andrew Garfield (who won the Golden Globe award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Musical/Comedy for tick, tick…Boom!), Nicole Kidman (who won Best Actress in a Drama for playing Lucille Ball in Being the Ricardos), Ariana Debose (who won Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture for West Side Story), Rachel Zegler (who won the Golden Globe award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Musical/Comedy for West Side Story), and Will Smith (who won Best Actor in a Drama for King Richard).

Kenneth Branagh, the actor and director who Disney fans will recognize as the director of the 2015 Cinderella feature film, won Best Screenplay for the feature film Belfast. The feature film that really took the Golden Globes by storm overall was The Power of the Dog, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Kirsten Dunst. The movie won the Golden Globe award for Best Picture (specifically Best Drama), and its director Jane Campion won Best Director of a Motion Picture. Benedict Cumberbatch was also nominated for Best Actor, but lost to Will Smith.

Did you watch Encanto yet on Disney+?

About Sharon

Sharon is a writer and animal lover from New England. Sharon's two main focuses in her work are Disney's correlations with pop culture and the significance of Disney princesses (which was the basis for her college thesis). When she's not writing about Disney, Sharon spends her time singing, dancing, and cavorting with woodland creatures!

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