With hip-hop going back and forth about Lifetime’s Surviving R. Kelly docuseries, the Golden Globes has awarded Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse the Best Animated Feature.

Despite stiff competition, the recently released must-see film won big Sunday (January 6) night at the annual awards ceremony.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” wrestled Best Animated Feature Film honors from Pixar’s “Incredibles 2” Sunday night at the 76th annual Golden Globes. It’s only the third time that a non Pixar/Disney movie has triumphed, joining Steven Spielberg’s “The Adventures of Tintin” and DreamWorks’ “How to Train Your Dragon 2.” The other three Golden Globe nominees were Wes Anderson’s stop-motion, Japanese-inspired “Isle of Dogs,” Mamoru Hosoda’s lovely Japanese time-traveling fantasy, “Mirai” (from GKids), and Disney’s “Ralph Breaks the Internet” (directed by Rich Moore and Phil Johnston). (Indie Wire)

One of the film’s directors spoke on the film’s message and going with lead African American/Puerto Rican Brooklyn teen character Miles Morales as Spider-Man.

“Anyone can wear the mask, everyone is powerful and everyone is necessary and that is the spirit of the movie,” said Peter Ramsey, who directed with Bob Persichetti and Rodney Rothman, backstage at the Golden Globes. “We all felt deeply that anyone can have this kind of experience and be this kind of hero. The story of Miles Morales was a way to crystalize all of those feelings into one character.” (Hollywood Reporter)

The win comes shortly after the death of Marvel Comics co-creator Stan Lee.

The timing of Spider-Verse gave it an extra emotional resonance, too, arriving in theaters in December, just weeks after the death of one Spider-Man co-creator (writer and Marvel icon Stan Lee at age 95) and a mere six months after the passing of the other (legendary artist Steve Ditko at age 90). The Golden Globe win for the Sony film also provides a memorable January kick-off moment for the 2019 celebration of the 80th anniversary of Marvel Comics. (Deadline)

Speculation has already developed on the potential of Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse making a serious bid at next month’s Oscars.

The movie has also been building up momentum through word of mouth — Moonlight and If Beale Street Could Talk director Barry Jenkins is among the film’s biggest fans — as well as other not-insignificant wins, including taking Best Picture and Best Animated Feature in the Utah Film Critics Association. The idea that Spider-Verse could snag a Best Picture Oscar nomination seems to be less and less of a distant possibility. (Polygon)