the boy and the heron
the boy and the heron

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts recently honored Hayao Miyazaki’s latest animated masterpiece, “The Boy and the Heron” (Kimi-tachi wa Dō Ikiru ka), with the prestigious BAFTA Award for Best Animated Film. This remarkable achievement marks the first time an anime film has won or been nominated for this award since its inception in 2006.

Competing against notable titles such as “Chicken Run: The Dawn of the Nugget,” “Elemental,” and “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse,” Miyazaki’s film stood out for its captivating storytelling and breathtaking animation.

Although “The Super Mario Bros. Movie” made it to the longlist for the Animated Film category, it unfortunately did not receive a nomination.

In addition to the BAFTA win, Miyazaki’s film garnered further acclaim at the Annie Awards, where it received accolades for Best Storyboarding and Best Character Animation for a feature film. The movie’s success continued with wins at the Golden Globes and the Alliance of Women Film Journalists’ EDA Awards.

Ahead of its release, “The Boy and the Heron” generated significant buzz in Japan, where it opened to impressive box office numbers, selling over a million tickets and earning millions in its first weekend. It quickly became one of the highest-grossing films in Japan, cementing its place as a cultural phenomenon.

Upon its U.S. debut, the film made waves by claiming the top spot at the box office, making it the first original anime production to achieve such a feat. With its captivating storyline and stunning visuals, “The Boy and the Heron” continues to captivate audiences worldwide, solidifying its status as a groundbreaking animated masterpiece.

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Source: Deadline (Nancy Tartaglione)

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