“The Wind Rises”, a feature film by famed director and anime artist Hayao Miyazaki, gave its creator a fitting farewell to animated movie-making, as it was considered for a nomination in next year’s Academy Awards along with two other Japanese films on November 5. “A Letter to Momo” by Hiroyuki Okiura and “Puella Magi Madoka Magica The Movie: Rebellion” by Akiyuki Shinbo join Miyazaki’s film “The Wind Rises”, about the life of Jiro Horikoshi, the World War II Zero fighter aircraft designer, along with Hollywood blockbusters “Planes,” “Despicable Me 2” and “Monsters University” for Oscar nomination consideration in the Animated Feature Film category.
The nine submissions for the category were dominated by entries outside the United States, which includes Spain’s “O Apostolo”, Brazil’s “Rio: 2096 A Story of Love and Fury, South Korea’s “The Fake”, France’s “Ernest and Celestine”, South Africa’s “Khumba” and Canada’s “The Legend of Sarila”. The films had to meet requirements – being at least 40 minutes long and theatrically released in Los Angeles, among others, to be submitted for a nomination by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
While “The Wind Rises,” released through Miyazaki’s Studio Ghibli production house, and “A Letter to Momo” have already been released, with the latter winning several awards both in Japan and abroad, “Madoka Magica” will have its Hollywood premiere at the Egyptian Theater on December 13, and after which will be commercially released to the United States and Canada. The chosen nominees will be announced on January 16 at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater and the winner on March 2.