Hayao Miyazaki's "The Wind Rises" Nominated for Oscar

Shuhei Morita's "Possessions" from Katsuhiro Otomo's "Short Peace" anthology was nominated for Best Animated Short Film

This year, 19 films were submitted for Best Animated Feature Oscar contention. Since at least 16 were accepted, a field of five films have received nominations, including Hayao Miyazaki's final anime feature, The Wind Rises. Meanwhile, Shuhei Morita's "Possessions" from Katsuhiro Otomo's Short Peace anthology was nominated for Best Animated Short Film.


Best Animated Feature nominees include:


The Croods
Directors: Kirk DeMicco, Chris Sanders
DreamWorks Animation/Fox

Despicable Me 2
Directors: Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud
Illumination Entertainment/Universal Pictures

Ernest and Celestine
Directors: Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar, Benjamin Renner
Les Armateurs/Maybe Movies/La Parti Production/Melusine Productions/GKIDS

Directors: Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee
Walt Disney Animation Studios/Walt Disney Pictures

The Wind Rises
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Studio Ghibli/Walt Disney Pictures


The Wind Rises is set for limited release in North American theaters on February 21 and will expand a week later. Under the Touchstone Pictures banner, the film also played Oscar-qualifying engagements in New York and Los Angeles on November 8-14.


The submissions included:

"Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2”
“The Croods”
“Despicable Me 2”
“Ernest and Celestine”
“The Fake”
“Free Birds“
“The Legend of Sarila”
“A Letter to Momo”
“Monsters University”
“O Apostolo”
“Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie – Rebellion”
“Rio: 2096 A Story of Love and Fury”
“The Smurfs 2”
“The Wind Rises”

Short Animated Film nominees include

Director: Daniel Sousa
Producer: Dan Golden

"Get a Horse!"
Director: Lauren MacMullan
Producer: Dorothy McKim

"Mr. Hublot"
Director: Laurent Witz
Producer: Alexandre Espigares

Director: Shuhei Morita

"Room on the Broom"
Directors: Max Lang and Jan Lachauer


Director/Script: Shuhei Morita (Freedom)

Story Concept/Concept Design: Keisuke Kishi


Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain't It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime.

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