Director Lee Unkrich has said he never expected a Golden Globe nomination for Toy Story 3 because “sequels typically aren’t included at awards time.”
The film, in which Woody, Buzz Lightyear and co face their fate when Andy heads off to university, is battling it out in the animation category with films including How To Train Your Dragon, Despicable Me and Tangled.
Unkrich said: “When we were making Toy Story 3, I first and foremost did not have any awards thoughts in my mind at all while we were making it, especially because we had a ‘3’ in the title.
“Sequels typically aren’t included at awards time.”
Ryan Kavanaugh, producer of The Fighter, said it was “exciting” to have earned five nominations.
The film’s nods include best actor for Mark Wahlberg and supporting honours for Christian Bale, Amy Adams and Melissa Leo. Its nominations also included a directing slot for David O Russell.
“We were hopeful for a couple, but to get this number was unexpected, exciting, and when it comes to the actors, so well deserved on their front,” he said. “Everyone brought their A-game.”