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I was just wondering in an Academy Awards where Boss Baby gets nominated as Best Animation, why doesn't Japanese animation get the credit it deserves?
Is it the fault of the publishers for not campaigning on behalf of the films or not marketing them to Western audiences.
Satoshi Kon never even received a nomination for Perfect Blue and Paprika, despite the influence they had on Western films. He never even got a mention in the memoriam.
What do people think?
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It's pretty much because the Oscars doesn't give a shit about Anime aka Cartoon films That's really what it boils down to.
If you're not Disney, Pixar or w/e you can piss right off.

The last anime film we had in theaters and actually had in theaters for more then a day was Ghost In The Shell way back in the 2000s.
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Basically because animation, as a whole, isn't adult or classy. You can't have an animated character come up on stage with her breasts popping out of her top like you do with real people.
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I honestly have no clue what has been going on lately in terms of nominations and what not. The Academy Awards has the Best Animated
Feature category which has been won by anime films before (Spirited Away in 2002 at the 75th Academy Awards).
They've also been nominated several times without actually winning: Howl's Moving Castle in '05, The Wind Rises in '13, The Tale of the Princess Kaguya in '14, and When Marnie Was There in '15.
It kind of seems like if Studio Ghibli wasn't involved, they aren't getting a nomination.
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As far as nominations go, I'd say it really does come down to no one really pushing for anime. Japan is still pretty insular with their media. I mean, look at how few theaters outside of Japan even had showings of Your Name despite it being the biggest thing ever. And Hollywood, if nothing else, is more interested in being courted and pandered to. They're never going to go out of their way to find anything that isn't carried directly to their door with a bouquet of roses and a bottle of wine.

Once something is nominated it has a chance, and while I'm still not sure anime would be any sort of lock once it was there it would be better than nothing. Disney et al do command most of the animation awards but smaller lesser known titles have won before.
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You also have to remember, THE UNITED STATES IS NOT THE WORLD, and one would think a resident of the UK would realize that. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, who does the awards, is primarily a United States organization of filmmakers, with 6000 voting members, which are probably 99.8% American residents. Therefore most awards are from American made films. And this might be the shocker for you, Anime is not American made. (Stunning that they speak Japanese isn't it?)

Japan is its own nation, it is NOT part of the United States, it has its own language, culture, and film industry. Japan has their own film academy, and they do the awards there, the Japan Academy Award ( http://www.japan-academy-prize.jp/ ). There is also an Award for animated film, which, shock shock, is usually won by an anime film!!! There's also the Kinema Junpo and Mainichi film awards which have lots of anime as award winners.


So, why hasn't an Anime won the BAFTA Best Animated Film yet?
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The US.
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I thought for sure this year
Your Name or Silent Voice might get a nod-long shot would be best foreign language movie
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Posted 3/5/18 , edited 3/5/18
I agree with what fschilling3 said. Although if you have a slightly more pessimistic view of things, you can also note that ABC has been owned by Disney since a 1995 merger. Ghibli movies were being distributed in the US under Disney, and therin lies the answer I believe. So when Disney has a major movie up, its not hard to see it taking the award. If its deserving of the award or not is another conversation, to be sure.

I was really disappointed Kono Sekai no Katasumi ni (In This Corner of the World) didn't get much recognition here. It did land many awards elsewhere, though.
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Because if a film doesn't see a wide screening in US theaters, it's unlikely to get squat for Oscar nominations.
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Actually, anime movies have been in the awards' scene for a long time. Disney's animated films have been
nominated for a number of awards and so are some of the recent Studio Ghibli films.

So I would say that people are aware that animated movies are great, but none of them have yet reached the
standards of the Oscars like films The Godfather and others, but one day they might do that.
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My impression is there are two reasons. One as mentioned by others that the Oscars are primarily a US oriented awards, and therefore tend to only look at those movies which are either produced or perform well at the box office in the US. The only exception being the foreign movie category, and they normally go for the movie that has the film experts approval. The other reason is actually more global. I think the whole entertainment industry, theaters, awards, etc. is slow to understand that animation is not just for children these days. I was in the movie theater to see an anime movie, which was shown at "kiddie" hours but except for a few odd children around 10-12 the rest were all adult. Not strange as the it was a bitter-sweet rather serious anime about war.
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I think it's a combo of what people have said here:

1. Most US companies still think of animation overall as kiddy stuff.

2. If you're not Disney or Pixar, then EFF U. Though the recent Ghibli stuff has been noticed by the Academy. Spirited Away had a lot of help in its campaigning at the time, thanks to John Lasseter's friendship with Miyazaki.

3. Most anime companies aren't Disney/Pixar/Name Hollywood studio here. I mean, Your Name was mainstream enough to have probably at least garnered a nomination, but Funi ain't Disney and therefore not the money to campaign for YN as much as it probably should've been.

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Most Oscars are bought even if the films are good. Film studios devote millions of dollars to make sure their films win as it's good for them as a company, whether it be recognition as a great film studio or extra revenue for their films through increased interest and word of mouth. I'm not completely against CG but anime shouldn't head that way in my opinion. I hope no one minds me saying but anime is beautiful and that's part of the reason it attracts an adult audience (as well as the sophisticated stories not meant for children). I love the Toy Story films, Bugs Life, The Incredibles, The Jungle Book (1967) but those films aren't beautiful. One of my favourite films of the last couple of years is Kubo and the Two Strings. It was stop motion which took a huge amount of skill and time to do and it lost to Zootopia. Alright, I think I've said enough. I'm just depressing myself now.
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Because those people nominate and vote for what their kids see and want to see, and many of those kids don't have access to or know about anime.
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