Studio Ghibli Strikes Again With Fifth Academy Nomination
The skyscraper-sized list of Studio Ghibli accolades kept on growing today, when it was announced that the famed Japanese movie production studio will be in another Oscar hunt this February.
Released domestically in July 2014, WHEN MARNIE WAS THERE tells the story of adolescent Anna Sasaki. Trapped in a complicated relationship with her foster parents, Anna goes on a trip to live with relatives. There, she befriends a mysterious girl named Marnie, who unlocks a strange world that allows Anna to escape from the doldrums of her lonely life.
Directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi, a Ghibli vet who handled key animation duties on SPIRITED AWAY, HOWL’S MOVING CASLE, and PONYO, MARNIE is the fifth film from the Japanese movie studio to get a nomination in the Best Animated Feature category. It’s predecessors include a Hayao Miyazaki hat trick: 2002 winner SPIRITED AWAY, HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE, and THE WIND RISES; as well as last year’s THE TALE OF PRINCESS KAGUYA.
In the Oscars, the film will go up against the Charlie Kaufman-directed ANOMALISA, Pixar’s INSIDE OUT, WALLACE AND GROMIT vet Nick Park’s SHAUN THE SHEEP MOVIE, and Brazilian BOY & THE WORLD.
Following WIND and KAGUYA, WHEN MARNIE WAS THERE marks the third in a row from the Japanese movie studio to receive a Best Animated Feature nod. In the face of abundant changes for the Ghibli crew over the past several years, the production company’s influence on America’s biggest awards ceremony is as strong as ever.
INSIDE OUT may be the well-deserved frontrunner, but we are secretly hoping MARNIE takes home the little golden statue.