Japan Shut Out of Oscars

In a result that surprised very little, there will be no statuettes from the Academy of Motion Pitcure Arts and Sciences flying to Japan this morning. Hayao Miyazaki’s final film, The Wind Rises lost in the Best Animated Feature Film category to Frozen. It was only Miyazaki’s 3rd Oscar nomination in his storied career (winning once), but since Disney’s other major film has not left the Box Office Top 10 yet, it’s not hard to see why Miyazaki fell short. Instead, The Wind Rises will merely have to settle with 15 other film award wins including lauds from the National Board of Review, ASIFA (responsible for the Annie Awards) and both Boston’s Online Film Critics Association and Society of Film Critics.

What you may not have known was that there was another work from Japan that was nominated by the Academy. Tsukumo, directed by Shuhei Morita as part of the anthology film Short Peace was nominated for Best Animated Short Film under its translated title of Possessions. The Oscar in that category went to the France-Luxembourg collaboration Mr. Hublot.

OTDT’s continuing coverage of The Wind Rises will culminate on Friday with a special episode of Otaku Drive Time dedicated to a full review of the film.