Friday, 29th August 2014
In Japan Entertainment News,
Hayao Miyazaki gets Academy recognition
Anime director Hayao Miyazaki is credited with bringing the art form to the wider attention of the Western world, with films produced by his Studio Ghibli being the first of the genre to pick up nominations from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Now, the institute is set to honour Miyazaki further by selecting him as one of three recipients of its Honorary Award this year. The news comes following his third retirement from the world of film.
The accolade recognises the recipients' lifetime achievements in the film industry and aims to inspire others to achieve similar successes. French screenwriter Jean-Claude Carriere and Irish actress Maureen O’Hara will also receive the award during this ceremony this winter.
Miyazaki has charmed the world with his fantastical adventures over his many years in the film industry. His 2003 effort Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi (Spirited Away) won the Oscar for Animated Feature Film, while other works such as Mononoke-hime (Princess Mononoke) have also received great acclaim.
His final effort before retirement was Kaze Tachinu (The Wind Rises), which was nominated for Best Animated Feature at the 86th annual Academy Awards last March.
Miyazaki will receive his Honorary Award at the 87th Academy Award ceremony due to take place on November 8th in Los Angeles. He will be the first Japanese person to receive the accolade since Akira Kurosawa, who won it in 1990 at the 62nd Academy Awards.
Those wanting to get into the Studio Ghibli vibe while they're in Japan are encouraged to visit Tokyo's Ghibli Museum, where they can experience the magic of animation at this prestigious and famed film production company. Original films created by Miyazaki, meanwhile, can easily be found in Akihabara, Tokyo's vibrant and exciting electric town.
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