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Hayao Miyazaki's Honorary Oscar Acceptance Speech Streamed

posted on by Karen Ressler
Director appeared at awards ceremony on Saturday at friend John Lasseter's request

The official YouTube channel for the Academy Awards began streaming a video on Sunday of director Hayao Miyazaki accepting his honorary Oscar at the Governor's Award ceremony. Miyazaki traveled to Los Angeles and accepted the award on Saturday.

At the ceremony, Miyazaki's friend John Lasseter of Pixar presented him with his award, and Miyazaki gave a short acceptance speech. In his speech, Miyazaki said he feels lucky to have been able to make films with pencil and paper, during an era when Japan is not at war. He also mentioned he was happy to meet actress Maureen O'Hara, who also received an Honorary Award at the ceremony.

Lasseter also gave a speech honoring Miyazaki at the ceremony.

Miyazaki did not attend the 75th annual Academy Award Ceremony in 2003 when his Spirited Away animated film was nominated and won Best Animated Film, but stated that he would come to the Governor's Award ceremony at Lasseter's request.

The Governor's Awards celebrate lifetime achievements of members of the film industry. The Oscar statuette of the Honorary Award is given "to honor extraordinary distinction in lifetime achievement, exceptional contributions to the state of motion picture arts and sciences, or for outstanding service to the Academy."

Despite his retirement from feature films last year, Miyazaki continues working on a multitude of projects, including a samurai manga for Model Graphix magazine, short films for the Ghibli Museum, and the Japanese cover for Westall's The Call and Other Stories.

Thanks to James Thomas and Daniel Zelter for the news tip.

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