The day has finally arrived – the Academy has announced the slate of films that have received nominations for this year’s 86th Academy Awards. A total of three anime works were submitted for consideration for the Animated Feature Film category: A Letter to Momo, Puella Magi Madoka Magica The Movie: Rebellion and The Wind Rises. Out of the nineteen films submitted for consideration, only five of them would be receiving a nomination and we finally know which five they are:
- Despicable Me 2 (Universal Pictures)
- Ernest & Celestine (Cinéart)
- Frozen (Disney)
- The Croods (DreamWorks Studios)
- The Wind Rises (Toho)
Hayao Miyazaki’s final feature film is a fictionalised biography about Jiro Horikoshi, the inventor of the Mitsubishi A5M fighter plane and his romance with Naoko, a woman suffering from tuberculosis. The movie has courted critical acclaim, having picked up Best Animated Feature awards from a number of awarding bodies including the New York Critics Circle, Toronto Film Critics Association as well as nominations for the Golden Globes and New York Film Festival among others. However, it has also attracted controversy due to the film’s focus on the creator of what would become one of Japan’s most effective killing machines in World War 2.
The film will no doubt face some fierce competition, particularly from Disney’s Frozen (which is most likely a favourite to win) and Despicable Me 2.
Previously, Miyazaki’s Spirited Away became the first foreign feature to win the Animated Feature Film category in the 76th Academy Awards in 2003 and Howl’s Moving Castle received a nomination in 2005.
Sunrise’s short film Possessions, which was directed by Shuhei Morita has also earned a nomination for the Animated Short Film Category.