Hayato Miyazaki Wins Oscar Again; The Boy and the Heron Takes Home for Best Animated Feature

By RahulPublished on: March 11, 2024 Updated on: March 11, 2024
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So, guess what? Hayao Miyazaki, the legendary dude behind anime classics like Spirited Away and My Neighbor Totoro, just nabbed his second Oscar at the ripe old age of 83. That’s right, he’s the oldest guy ever to get nominated and win in the Best Animated Feature category. Talk about setting records!

This year, his latest creation, The Boy and the Heron, totally blew the competition out of the water, beating out other big names like “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse.” Pretty cool, huh? And the thing is, Miyazaki wasn’t even at the awards to pick up his trophy. But, hey, that just adds to his mystique.

Now, if you haven’t heard about The Boy and the Heron, let me fill you in. This film is like, a major deal. It’s been winning all over the place, grabbing the top animated feature awards at both the Golden Globes and the BAFTA Film Awards. So, yeah, it’s been a pretty solid awards season for this flick.

Here’s the kicker: This was Miyazaki’s fourth time being up for this Oscar, which ties him with this Pixar guy, Pete Docter. But what’s wild is that Miyazaki had talked about hanging up his hat back in 2013. He was like, “I’m too old for this,” but then he just couldn’t stay away. Classic Miyazaki, am I right?

In his film, he tells this story about a kid named Mahito Maki who, after losing his mom, moves to the countryside. There, he follows this mysterious heron and ends up in this crazy, otherworldly place. It’s all about dealing with loss and finding yourself, which is pretty deep stuff.

And get this: “The Boy and the Heron” took ten whole years to make! Miyazaki is super old-school, sticking to hand-drawing his animations instead of all that CGI stuff everyone else is doing. When he got this special Oscar back in 2014, he talked about how lucky he felt to be part of the last crew working with paper, pencil, and film. Pretty touching, right?

So why’s this all matter? Well, besides the fact that it’s super cool for Miyazaki and anime fans everywhere, it shows that you don’t have to follow the crowd to be successful. Here’s this guy, right, who’s been doing his own thing for decades, not worrying about the latest trends or technology. And he’s still topping the charts, beating out all these modern, high-tech movies.

It’s kinda inspiring, especially for someone like me, trying to figure out what I want to do with my life. It’s like, you don’t have to rush or change what you love to fit in or be successful. Miyazaki kind of proved that sticking to your guns and being passionate about what you do can really pay off, even if it seems outdated or out of style to others.

Anyway, massive congrats to Miyazaki and his team for another win. It just goes to show that great storytelling and beautiful art can transcend age, technology, and even language barriers. Who knows, maybe it’ll inspire more of us to pick up a pencil and start creating our own worlds. But, you know, maybe after homework.

About Author: Rahul

Rahul has been diving into the world of entertainment in niches like celebrity, anime, and health articles since 2016. As a passionate writer, he combines personal experiences with thorough research to create content that's not only informative but also relatable and engaging.