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No Anime Nominated for Oscars

posted on by Egan Loo

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the nominees for the 85th Academy Awards on Thursday. No Japanese-animated titles were nominated, although Goro Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli's From Up On Poppy Hill and Isamu Imakake's The Mystical Laws were submitted for the Animated Feature Film category. Katsuhiro Otomo (Akira, Steamboy, Memories) and Sunrise's "Combustible" ("Hi no Yōjin") short was also submitted for consideration in the Short Film (Animated) category. There were no Japanese nominees in the Foreign Language Film category.

The Animated Feature Film category has five nominees:

  • Brave Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman
  • Frankenweenie Tim Burton
  • ParaNorman Sam Fell and Chris Butler
  • The Pirates! Band of Misfits Peter Lord
  • Wreck-It Ralph Rich Moore

The Short Film (Animated) category also has five nominees:

  • "Adam and Dog" Minkyu Lee
  • "Fresh Guacamole" PES
  • "Head over Heels" Timothy Reckart and Fodhla Cronin O'Reilly
  • "Maggie Simpson in "The Longest Daycare"" David Silverman
  • "Paperman" John Kahrs

Miyazaki's Spirited Away became the only Japanese animated feature to win an Oscar in 2002. Kunio Katō's "La Maison en Petits Cubes" won in the Best Animated Short Film category at the 81st Annual Academy Awards in 2009.

Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli's Ponyo qualified for a nomination in the feature film category in the 82nd Academy Awards, but did not receive one. Similarly, Mamoru Oshii and Production I.G's The Sky Crawlers and Masahiro Ando and BONES' Sword of the Stranger were among the 14 films submitted for the same category for the 81st Academy Awards; both were eventually accepted in the category but were not nominated.

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