GKIDS 'Mirai' Earns 2019 Golden Globe Nomination for Best Motion Picture - Animated,' Marking First Japanese Film to Be Honored in This Category

Critically-Acclaimed Film is Also Nominee of 2 Annie Awards
Including "Best Animated Feature - Independent" and
Nominated by LA Online Film Critics Society for
"Best Animated Feature"

LOS ANGELES (December 6, 2018) - GKIDS' MIRAI, directed and written by Mamoru Hosoda, was nominated this morning for a Golden Globe for "Best Motion Picture - Animated" by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. To date, the feature film has also garnered two Annie Award® nominations including "Best Animated Feature - Independent," and earned a nomination from the Los Angeles Online Film Critics Society (LAOFCS).

MIRAI made its world premiere at Cannes Directors' Fortnight, a rare honor for a Japanese animated film.The film is GKIDS' third Golden Globe nomination after last year's The Breadwinner and 2016's My Life as a Zucchini which both went on to receive Academy Award® nominations for "Best Animated Feature." MIRAI is currently playing in theaters nationwide.

"I'm just so surprised that my film's been nominated for the 76th Golden Globe Awards! It gives me great joy to think that my film could reach a wider audience, and more people could enjoy my little film. Thank you very much to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for this honor," said writer/director Hosoda.

"Mamoru Hosoda is a great, humanist filmmaker -- more than an animator - he is a great filmmaker whose chosen medium is animation. He wrote and directed a beautiful, sensitive film from the heart, a deeply personal story about family, love, life, and the passage of time that brings laughter and tears in equal measure. I am grateful to the HFPA for nominating 'Mirai,' and so happy that Hosoda-san is getting this most deserved recognition," said Eric Beckman, GKIDS Founder and CEO.

About "MIRAI"
From acclaimed director Mamoru Hosoda (Summer Wars, Wolf Children) and Japan's Studio Chizu comes Mirai, a daringly original story of love passed down through generations. When four-year-old Kun meets his new baby sister, his world is turned upside down. Named Mirai (meaning "future"), the baby quickly wins the hearts of Kun's entire family. As his mother returns to work, and his father struggles to run the household, Kun becomes increasingly jealous of baby Mirai... until one day he storms off into the garden, where he encounters strange guests from the past and future - including his sister Mirai, as a teenager. Together, Kun and teenage Mirai go on a journey through time and space, uncovering their family's incredible story. But why did Mirai come from the future?

An official selection at Cannes Directors' Fortnight, and the epic capstone of director Mamoru Hosoda's career, Mirai is a sumptuous, magical, and emotionally soaring adventure about the ties that bring families together and make us who we are.

GKIDS is a producer and distributor of award-winning feature animation for both adult and family audiences. Since 2010, the company has scored an astounding ten Best Animated Feature Oscar nominations with The Secret of Kells in 2010, A Cat in Paris and Chico & Rita in 2012, Ernest & Celestine in 2014, The Tale of The Princess Kaguya and Song of the Sea in 2015, Boy and the World and When Marnie Was There in 2016, My Life as a Zucchini in 2017, and The Breadwinner in 2018. GKIDS also handles North American distribution for the famed Studio Ghibli library of films, one of the world's most coveted animation collections with titles Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke and others. GKIDS also produces the ANIMATION IS FILM, an annual LA-based film festival. ANIMATION IS FILM embraces the highest aspirations of animation as a cinematic art form and is a vocal advocate for filmmakers who push the boundaries of their work to the fullest range of expression of which medium is capable.

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