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Ghibli's Princess Kaguya Wins APSA, But Not Nominated for Golden Globes

posted on 2014-12-11 18:15 EST
Princess Kaguya was the only Japanese film nominated for an APSA

Organizers of the Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) announced that Studio Ghibli and Isao Takahata's The Tale of the Princess Kaguya won the Best Animated Feature Film award on Thursday. The film is the first Studio Ghibli film to win an APSA. It was competing against China's Frog Kingdom (Quingwa Wangguo), Australia and Germany's Maya the Bee, and South Korea's On The White Planet (Chang-Baek-Han Eol-Gul-Deul) and The Satellite Girl and Milk Cow (Woo-Ri-Byul Il-Ho-Wa Ul-Ruk-So).

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association also announced on Thursday that Princess Kaguya is not nominated for a Golden Globe award. The film was shortlisted with 16 other animated features for the 2015 Golden Globe Award's Best Animated Feature category. The full list of nominees is the following:

  • Big Hero 6 (Walt Disney Animation Studios)
  • The Book of Life (Twentieth Century Fox and Reel FX Animation)
  • The Boxtrolls (Laika Animation)
  • How to Train Your Dragon 2 (DreamWorks Animation)
  • The LEGO Movie (Warner Bros.Pictures/Village Roadshow Pictures/RatPac-Dune Entertainment/Lego Systems A/S/Vertigo Entertainment/Lin Pictures)

This is the first year that foreign-language animated works could compete in the Best Animated Feature category. Prior to this year, all foreign language works competed in the Best Foreign Language Film category regardless of the medium. Russia's The Snow Queen 2 and Italy's The Art of Happiness animated films were also shortlisted, but not nominated.

Hayao Miyazaki's The Wind Rises was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 71st Annual Golden Globes ceremony but it lost to The Great Beauty (La grande bellezza) live-action film by Italy's Paolo Sorrentino.

The film won the Animation Film Award at the 68th Mainichi Film Awards. The film was screened at Cannes Film Festival's Directors' Fortnight but did not receive any awards. For the 42nd Annual Annie Awards, it received nominations in three categories: Best Animated Feature, Takahata for "Outstanding Achievement for Directing in an Animated Feature Production," and film composer Joe Hisaishi for "Outstanding Achievement for Music in an Animated Feature Production." It was submitted for Oscar consideration in the Animated Feature Film category.

The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) held the film's North American premiere on September 8. The Fantastic Fest in Texas then hosted the United States premiere, and it gave the movie the Audience Award on September 23.

TIFF describes the story from Takahata (Grave of the Fireflies, Only Yesterday, Pom Poko):

Okina (voiced by Takeo Chii) is a bamboo cutter in ancient rural Japan. One day in the forest, he finds a tiny baby in the folds of a bamboo shoot. He brings the creature home to his wife Ounaa (Nobuko Miyamoto) and they decide to keep her and raise her as a princess. She is clearly not of this world. Kaguya (Aki Asakura) grows at an unnatural rate, soon maturing into an uncommonly beautiful young woman. Since Okina has now also found a cache of gold and treasure in the forest, every suitor wants Kaguya. But this is not a fairytale of courtship and marriage. True to the Studio Ghibli that brought us Ponyo and Kiki's Delivery Service, The Tale of the Princess Kaguya follows this strange young female as she creates her own identity.

Chloë Grace Moretz (Kick-Ass, The 5th Wave) stars as the title character in the English dub. The cast also includes James Caan, Mary Steenburgen, Darren Criss, Lucy Liu, Beau Bridges, James Marsden, Oliver Platt and Dean Cain.

[Via Toonzone, Animation Scoop]


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