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Spoiler alert! According to the Wall Street Journal, legendary Japanese filmmaker and Studio Ghibli co-founder Hayao Miyazaki will receive an honorary Oscar from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in November.
This will mark the second Oscar on Miyazaki’s mantle, the first of which was for his 2001 film Spirited Away, which took home Best Animated Feature Film. Here’s an official statement from the Academy about Miyazaki’s award:
“Miyazaki is an artist, writer, director, producer and three-time Oscar nominee in the Animated Feature Film category, winning in 2002 for Spirited Away. His other nominations were for Howl’s Moving Castle in 2005 and The Wind Rises last year. Miyazaki gained an enormous following in his native Japan for such features as Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Laputa: Castle in the Sky, My Neighbor Totoro and Kiki’s Delivery Service before breaking out internationally in the late 1990s with Princess Mononoke. »
- James Garcia
One good thing about the creation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Governors Awards — an expedient way to remove the time-consuming presentation of the (nearly) annual Honorary Oscar from the TV ratings-obsessed, increasingly youth-oriented Oscar show — is that each year up to four individuals can be named Honorary Oscar recipients, thus giving a better chance for the Academy to honor film industry veterans while they’re still on Planet Earth. (See at the bottom of this post a partial list of those who have gone to the Great Beyond, without having ever received a single Oscar statuette.) In 2014, the Academy’s Board of Governors has selected a formidable trio of honorees: Japanese artist and filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki, 73; French screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière, 82; and Irish-born Hollywood actress Maureen O’Hara, »
- Andre Soares
Arguably the most respected animator in Japan, Hayao Miyazaki broke the hearts of millions when he announced his retirement in September last year. Then again, he surely deserves a rest: following the founding of Studio Ghibli in 1985, Miyazaki-san worked tirelessly (perhaps even obsessively) on his films, creating such masterpieces as Laputa: Castle In The Sky, My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki's Delivery Service and Princess Mononoke.
Three of Miyazaki's films received deserved attention at the Oscars: Spirited Away won Best Animated Feature in 2002, while Howl's Moving Castle and last year's The Wind Rises - the director's swansong - were both nominated for the same award.
It's now been revealed that Miyazaki will receive an honorary Oscar at the sixth annual Governors Awards on the 8th November - a fitting tribute to a lifetime of exceptional, »
The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted Tuesday night (August 26) to present Honorary Awards to Jean-Claude Carrière, Hayao Miyazaki and Maureen O’Hara, and the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to Harry Belafonte.
All four awards will be presented at the Academy’s 6th Annual Governors Awards on Saturday, November 8, at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center.
“The Governors Awards allow us to reflect upon not the year in film, but the achievements of a lifetime,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “We’re absolutely thrilled to honor these outstanding members of our global filmmaking community and look forward to celebrating with them in November.”
Carrière, who began his career as a novelist, was introduced to screenwriting by French comedian and filmmaker Pierre Étaix, with whom he shared an Oscar for the live action short subject “Heureux Anniversaire (Happy Anniversary)” in 1962. He »
- Michelle McCue
Harry Belafonte will receive the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award and Jean-Claude Carrière, Hayao Miyazaki and Maureen O’Hara will receive Honorary Awards at the Academy’s 6th Annual Governors Awards November 8 at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland. The Academy’s Board of Governors did not award the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award, which is given out periodically. The last recipient was Francis Ford Coppola in 2010. Deadline’s Pete Hammond will give his take later today. The full release follows:
Los Angeles, CA —The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted Tuesday night (August 26) to present Honorary Awards to Jean-Claude Carrière, Hayao Miyazaki and Maureen O’Hara, and the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to Harry Belafonte. All four awards will be presented at the Academy’s 6th Annual Governors Awards on Saturday, November 8, at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center®.
- The Deadline Team
Yesterday, there were a flurry of reports that the beloved Japanese animation company Studio Ghibli was shutting down. For those unfamiliar with the studio, it was founded in 1985 by directors Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away) and Isao Takahata (Grave of the Fireflies) and producer Toshio Suzuki (The Wind Rises). In addition to producing all of Miyazaki's classic films since 1986's Castle in the Sky, the studio has also played host to a collection of other talented filmmakers. It's no surprise that the studio's closing was met with an outpouring of grief. However, Ghibli isn't closed just yet. That being said, it's no longer going to remain in its current form. Hit the jump for more. As Russ at /Film astutely picked up yesterday, the news of Ghibli's closing was widespread, but no Japanese publication had actually made that report. It came from a poorly translated quote. Variety reports that on a »
- Matt Goldberg
The company will remain, but what's left will essentially be a handful of staff to handle its licensing of brands, and to manage its trademarks and copyrights according to news reports out of Japan (via Oh Totoro and Catsuka). Employees working in other departments (such as TV/music video production) will now be employed as freelancers, reportedly many of them already are.
Aside from maybe Disney/Pixar, Ghibli has arguably been the most acclaimed animated film production studio on the planet. A year ago came word that the company's co-founder Hayao Miyazaki was set to retire from filmmaking with last year's "The Wind Rises" being his final work.
The company's first post-Miyazaki work, "The Tale of Princess Kaguya," has proven a rare box-office dud. The »
- Garth Franklin
After rumours suggesting that When Marnie Was There was likely to be the final film from Studio Ghibli, general manager Toshio Suzuki has now reportedly confirmed that the famed Japanese animation studio will be “taking a break” as a production company and will instead focus on managing the trademarks of its impressive back-catalogue of anime movies.
Co-founded by Hayao Miyazaki (who retired from filmmaking last year) and Isao Takahata alongside Suzuki, Studio Ghibli has earned a reputation as the “Japanese Walt Disney”, releasing such classic anime films as Castle in the Sky, Grave of the Fireflies, My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, Ponyo and The Wind Rises.
When Marnie Was There was released in Japan last month, and has so far made around $3.5 million at the box office. Ghibli’s previous film The Tale of Princess Kaguya grossed around $48 million, which »
- Gary Collinson
With The Wind Rises out in the UK now, James salutes the work of its legendary animator, Hayao Miyazaki...
The Wind Rises gets its UK release this week, and that's very good news for those of us who've been waiting patiently for Hayao Miyazaki's new movie. Studio Ghibli's latest - a fictionalised biopic of the aircraft engineer and designer Jiro Horikoshi - came out last July in its native Japan. Now, finally, we arrive at the point where we can see the acclaimed anime feature though, indubitably, the experience will be a bittersweet one.
After this one there will be no new Miyazaki films. The man responsible for such cinematic masterpieces as My Neighbour Totoro, Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away announced his retirement from moviemaking last autumn. Though the animation auteur has made similar statements in the past and subsequently returned to direct again, it appears that »
A digitally remastered edition of "The Castle of Cagliostro," the first animated feature from Studio Ghibli master Hayao Miyazaki, is headed for Japanese theaters on May 9. (Clip below.) The re-release coincides with the 35th anniversary of the 1979 manga-based film, which follows international thief par excellence Arsene Lupin III as he attempts to rescue a rogue princess from the titular "Castle" and its malevolent Count. "Cagliostro" is a treat for Ghibli fans, and a glimpse at nascent Miyazaki. So when will see this new version in the Us? Though Miyazaki's latest and last film, Oscar-nominated "The Wind Rises," didn't quite break $6 million stateside, there is a draw here for Studio Ghibli. In 2012, new 35mm prints of "Spirited Away," "Castle in the Sky" and a few other Ghibli releases surfaced in the Us, a year after premiering at charity screenings in Japan. Give it a year or less, and we should see »
- Ryan Lattanzio
A significant mark in the history of animation, The King and the Mockingbird celebrates the 30th anniversary of its UK release with a fully restored theatrical release. Based on Hans Christian Anderson’s fairy tale The Shepherdess and the Chimney Sweep, Paul Grimault’s interpretation takes place in an obscure kingdom powered by strings and pulleys and reigned by a vicious and greedy king.
After a series of fantastical events, this pompous royal is overthrown by his portrait, whose sole mission is to steal the escaped portrait figure of a willowy shepherdess from a handsome chimney sweep whom she loves. It has all the makings of Christian Anderson’s tales; forbidden love, jealousy and trickery. After a lifesaving encounter the Chimney Sweep and the Shepherdess are helped in their escape by a self-assured Mocking Bird who frees the pair from the King’s clutches on several occasions, aiding them through the trap laden kingdom. »
- Beth Webb
Everyone — stars included — has that one show or movie they believe hasn’t received the attention it deserves. EW asked some celebrities, ranging from director John Waters to actress Allison Janney, what shows or movies they think are criminally underrated. Here’s what they said:
“Bruno Dumont’s movies, which are all long, depressing, French art movies about farmers and the earth and misery [such as Humanité]. I love a feel-bad movie. I hate to feel good at a theater. There is such honesty in the pain he puts on screen.”
- EW staff
Earlier this month, legendary animator Hayao Miyazaki, writer and director of such masterpieces as Spirited Away, Castle in the Sky and My Neighbor Totoro, announced his final retirement (this isn’t his first). How fitting that his final feature takes up his favorite thematic motif, that of magical phenomenon and fantastic human achievement – flight. Oddly, for the first time in his lengthy career, Miyazaki has embraced the more realistic storytelling of his partner Isao Takahata, yet he hasn’t abandoned the lyrically imaginative storytelling he’s known for. With Studio Ghibli’s signature hand drawn and heartfelt feel, The Wind Rises fictionalizes the life of Jiro Horikoshi, the chief engineer behind the famed Japanese Zero fighter jet, and blends his tail with that of Tatsuo Hori, author of the novel from which the film’s epithet originates.
Set on a grand »
- Jordan M. Smith
Last year's Venice Film Festival saw a number of filmmakers push outside their comfort zone. Alfonso Cuarón made a 3D blockbuster set entirely in zero gravity. Kelly Reichardt made a thriller. Stephen Frears made a good movie. But no departure has been greater from a filmmaker than the one that Hayao Miyazaki takes with "The Wind Rises." The 72-year-old Studio Ghibli mastermind has made his name with fantastical fables from "Laputa: Castle In The Sky," through his mainstream breakthrough in the West with "Princess Mononoke" and the Oscar-nominated "Spirited Away" to his most recent picture, "Ponyo." But he's never directed a film like "The Wind Rises," a biographical period drama that has a few flights of fancy, but is otherwise a grounded and very personal tale of aircraft design, the oncoming storm, and doomed love. And yet, it's a film that wouldn't work in any medium but animation. The film »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Matt Groening and Hayao Miyazaki are two names that do not often appear next to each other, although they are among the world’s most influential artists and animators. Groening’s The Simpsons has sustained for 25 seasons on American television and been a watershed for both small-screen comedy and animation around the world. Meanwhile, Japanese filmmaker Miyazaki’s work, which includes Spirited Away and Castle in the Sky, has also reached a world-wide audience. His dazzling stories are frequently touted as some of the greatest animated films of all time. Alas, Miyazaki announced his retirement from making films in September, while The Simpsons continually seems to be on the cusp of its own final season.
Although the worlds of Homer Simpson and Totoro seem very distant, a reference-filled sequence from this Sunday’s Simpsons episode, “Married to the Blob,” is a sumptuous tribute to Miyazaki’s films. In the scene, »
- Jordan Adler
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 9 Jan 2014 - 06:25
We head back a decade to look at a few films that deserve more attention. Here’s our list of 25 underappreciated movies of 2004...
Think back to 2004, and you might dredge up hazy memories of the computer-generated fairytale sequel Shrek 2, Alfonso’s Harry Potter installment, The Prisoner Of Azkaban, or maybe Mel Gibson’s phenomenally successful Passion Of The Christ.
It’s rather less likely that you’ll remember some of the films on this list. You’re probably aware of the drill by now: we’ve gone back into our distant, beer-addled memories to find 25 of the less commonly-lauded movies from the year 2004.
Some of them did reasonably well at the time, but appear to have been forgotten since (especially the one eclipsed by its own internet meme), while others were coolly received by the public or critics (and sometimes »
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