Miyazaki's The Wind Rises Nominated for Oscar Alongside Frozen

Miyazaki's The Wind Rises Nominated for Oscar Alongside Frozen

The Wind Rises poster

Hayao Miyazaki could get his second Oscar win with The Wind Rises, but Disney's successful Frozen is a tough competitor.

Hayao Miyazaki is no stranger to American audiences, nor is he a stranger to Oscar nominations. His latest work, a Japanese animated historical fantasy film titled The Wind Rises, was nominated for Best Animated Feature Film. It will compete against The Croods, Despicable Me 2, Ernest and Celestine, and Frozen.

The Wind Rises is an animated film adaptation of Miyazaki's manga of the same name, which he loosely based on the short story The Wind Has Risen. The animated feature is a fictional biography of Jiro Horikoshi. Jiro's poor eyesight means he can never fly a plane, so he makes it his dream to build planes as an engineer, and this dream becomes a reality when he begins to work in aviation design as Japan moves toward World War II.

The Wind Rises recently lost to The Great Beauty at the Golden Globes in the Best Foreign Language Film category. It has enjoyed great success in Japan, becoming the top grossing film in the country of 2013. The film has not been released in North America yet, but Disney will release the film in theaters starting Feb. 21 with an expanded release one week later under Touchstone Pictures. The Oscar screenings of The Wind Rises contained the original Japanese voices with English subtitles.

Frozen won the Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature Film, beating The Croods and Despicable Me 2, both of which were nominated for the Oscars.

In the past, only Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli's Spirited Away has won an Oscar (in 2002), and Howl's Moving Castle received a nomination in 2005. The Wind Rises is Miyazaki's 11th and final film.

Source: Oscars

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Despicable Me 2 got nominated... really, it wasn't a bad film by any stretch but... *shrug*. The Croods I can understand as it looked beautiful and Frozen was a nice enough film, Elsa especially. I havn't seen The Wind Rises or Ernest and Celestine yet but i'll definatly give them a look.

Gawd, this looks adorable.

still havent watched it yet. maybe i just wait until its out on dvd so i can enjoy it at home. so far every cinema near me is playing it horrible cantonese sync and i want to watch it in original language with english sub of course.

Well, it's nice to have Miyazaki back on the awards stage. I am a huge fan of his work and really hopes that he continues to inspire others to work on animation and animated movies. It's a nice counter to our Hollywood and it's a nice piece of Japanese culture that I don't want to see lost.

Note: I haven't seen The Wind Rises but I expect a touching story with human characters, beautiful art and great emotional scenes.

We'll see. Frozen was spectacular, possibly my favorite Disney movie in two decades.

And, strangely enough, Disney Animation has never won the Best Animated movie award since Pixar debuted. Ever. I'd like for them to finally take home the award.

Frozen was no Tangled, but it did do pretty damn well at the box office. And since Ghibli is not a well known name outside of certain nerdy circles, I don't think it has much chance against the might of Disney. Of course, Miyazaki's (for now) retirement could have an effect on the result and they might award the oscar to him simply in tribute. We'll see, but my money's on Frozen here.

Frozen was really, really good, and a good attempt at Disney breaking away and actually doing something good - the first thing good since Mulan, with a few exceptions here and there, but still generally crap.

But still, this is Miyazaki's final film... I'll go see it, definetely.

Not a fan of tearjerkers, to be honest. As much as I like Miyazaki, I hope that Frozen takes this one.

I'm rooting for Frozen on this one. Not a sleight against Miyazaki though. But I still remember what happened the last time one of his films won an Oscar... several thousand shoddy dub jobs and crappy series later...

PunkRex:
Despicable Me 2 got nominated...

That surprised me too. About the nicest thing I can say for that movie is that it was merely forgettable.

Frozen's gonna win since apparently everyone has lost their collective shit over it. And I still can't fathom why.

But the snow's pretty!
I guess, but having *a* nice effect don't make a whole film.

"Let It Go" is such a good song!
Eh. Still doesn't make the movie. Aside that *one* song, what about the rest of the soundtrack? You hardly hear people say anything about that building a snowman song, and that's apparently the only other good one.

It's Disney Renaissance good!
No, it isn't. It's not Beauty and the Beast good, it's not The Lion King good, it's not Mulan good, shit, I don't even think it's on par with Pocahontas or Hercules.

It's a shame that The Wind Rises is going to lose to this. Guess people just don't like animated films that make you think/don't include song and dance numbers/don't have a stupid comedic sidekick/doesn't have an animal that isn't a dog that acts like a dog anymore.

Capatcha: hammer time
You're right, it is hammer time for Frozen nutters! *cackles madly*

soren7550:
Hercules.

Can I add in here? I think Hercules was supposed to be a movie about Perseus but Herc is more popular due to all the B-movies about him a decade earlier.

OT: I'm glad Miyazaki is getting all of this hype lately. The man deserves it.

Well shit, usually Ghibli movies jump from Asia to Europe, and then over to America. So either I missed that very short window, or nobody decided to release it over here.

I think it's a good thing. Unfortunately Kaze Tachinu only got a very limited release in the US, just enough to make it Oscar nominatable, so few westerners have really seen it. The Academy has snubbed Ghibli movie after Ghibli movie since Spirited Away won the award (although Howl's Moving Castle did also get a nod), even as they continued putting out gold, favoring much more obscure European films (though films like Persepolis did give me a better perspective on those movies).

soren7550:
I don't even think it's on par with Hercules

We don't take kiiiiiiiiindly to your type round here, folk who can't see a high quality bit'a cinema rite in fron'a them.

Casual Shinji:
Well shit, usually Ghibli movies jump from Asia to Europe, and then over to America. So either I missed that very short window, or nobody decided to release it over here.

It was only in theaters in LA for 1 week in order for it to be eligible for the Academy Awards, but it's getting a proper release cycle in February.

Kind of disappointed that the Madoka movie didn't make it to the finals. :/

Ruisu:
Kind of disappointed that the Madoka movie didn't make it to the finals. :/

Same here, but it was a long shot anyway.

This film better win. Honestly, if Miyazaki loses to Frozen or...The Crudes...then I'm going to shoot myself. The trailer alone was better than any of those films. This is his "final" film, he deserves this.

I would love to see Disney return to form, but they haven't released a quality film in many years. I'm sick of poorly written 3D animation, I want an animated film with as much substance as style.

You know, I really want Chris Sanders to win an Oscar for 'The Croods'.

I just want him to win, since this might be the second time Miyazakis beats him. 'Spirited Away' ,rightly, beat 'Lilo and Stitch.' He also got nothing from 'How to Train your Dragon.' The guy has made some Oscar-worthy movies, he always just gets put up against the cultural juggernauts.

Everyone already knows and loves Miyazakis is already pretty well known and loved. Sanders needs some love too.

Oh well, He still wins other awards.

soren7550:

It's a shame that The Wind Rises is going to lose to this. Guess people just don't like animated films that make you think/don't include song and dance numbers/don't have a stupid comedic sidekick/doesn't have an animal that isn't a dog that acts like a dog anymore.

Or maybe the general public in the United States wouldn't take too kindly to a film about the development of the precursor to one of the most infamous airplanes in existence?

Just because you don't like Frozen doesn't mean you get to pass judgement while your preferred film gets overlooked. It got a flipping nomination and you already sound angry simply because of its competition.

Has anyone here noticed a certain someone who was involved with the film >.>

His name begins with H and ends in O.

Also created a psychedelic anime of the 90's.

I know Frozen is going to win if only because Disney paid that whole staff big money to make that glorified, over stuffed, music fest get an even bigger ego stroke for promoting the Rapunzel doll face toy market chain.

Disney hasn't made an animation classic worthy of such a title since Princess and the Frog. I've seen more heart in animation student's finals than I see in most Disney movies today.

I hope Miyazaki wins the award. If not him, at least the other animation studios.

Fox12:
This film better win. Honestly, if Miyazaki loses to Frozen or...The Crudes...then I'm going to shoot myself. The trailer alone was better than any of those films. This is his "final" film, he deserves this.

I would love to see Disney return to form, but they haven't released a quality film in many years. I'm sick of poorly written 3D animation, I want an animated film with as much substance as style.

It's like everyone forgot Princess and the Frog. It really was a huge step in the right direction. Not surprising I guess. They didn't even bother to aggressively advertise the film lime they did with Frozen. I can't even remember if the movie trailer so much as had a TV ad!

Slycne:

Casual Shinji:
Well shit, usually Ghibli movies jump from Asia to Europe, and then over to America. So either I missed that very short window, or nobody decided to release it over here.

It was only in theaters in LA for 1 week in order for it to be eligible for the Academy Awards, but it's getting a proper release cycle in February.

I did some searching and apparently it's getting a release over here (Holland) in May.

Soviet Heavy:
Or maybe the general public in the United States wouldn't take too kindly to a film about the development of the precursor to one of the most infamous airplanes in existence?

You can bet your ass Miyazaki is not in any way going to romanticize the Japanese WW2 effort. When Spirited Away won an Oscar he refused to be at the ceremony because of America's war on Iraq. And I heard The Wind Rises already caused some controversy in Japan, with some people calling Miyazaki a traitor to his country. Japan still isn't too keen at condeming its own war crimes. But then who is?

Anyway, no it won't win. But that has everything to do with it being up against a big favourite. I hate to say this and it obviously deserved it, but the only reason Spirited Away won at the time was because it was up against Lilo & Stitch and Ice Age. I think Treasure Planet came out that year too, so yeah...

Casual Shinji:
You can bet your ass Miyazaki is not in any way going to romanticize the Japanese WW2 effort. When Spirited Away won an Oscar he refused to be at the ceremony because of America's war on Iraq. And I heard The Wind Rises already caused some controversy in Japan, with some people calling Miyazaki a traitor to his country. Japan still isn't too keen at condeming its own war crimes. But then who is?

I know that. Do you think the general population knows that? You're already fighting for the spotlight by being an anime film, even if it is coming from a highly respected director. The odds are already stacked against you. And then you throw in the historical context, and you can see how a film like this might not be as well received in the United States.

I'd still take The Wind Rises over something like Konpecki No Kantai, which not only seriously underplayed Japanese war atrocities, but also decided to make Japan into the superheroes of WW2, where they save britain, beat up the USA, and destroy super Germany. You can imagine why that series was never distributed to stateside.

But the guy I was responding to was trying to make out The Wind Rises' situation as a comparison of idiots vs intellectuals. "Only people who want big family films with stupid sidekicks like Frozen, while people who want to be forced to think can truly appreciate Miyazaki's brilliance!"

Maybe let people like what they like, and stop bitching about Award snubbing? An Oscar is not an automatic stamp of quality when you're dealing with personal preferences.

soren7550:
Frozen's gonna win since apparently everyone has lost their collective shit over it. And I still can't fathom why.

But the snow's pretty!
I guess, but having *a* nice effect don't make a whole film.

Well for a movie where snow is a major element of the story, having the snow look good is actually important. You're right, it doesn't make a film, but it's important within the context of Frozen and Disney delivers.

soren7550:

"Let It Go" is such a good song!
Eh. Still doesn't make the movie. Aside that *one* song, what about the rest of the soundtrack? You hardly hear people say anything about that building a snowman song, and that's apparently the only other good one.

Actually "Fixer Upper" "For the First Time in Forever" and "Love is an Open Door" are all very solid songs. "In Summer" while not my favorite, is also a very funny and enjoyable musical number, although not something you'll find yourself singing along with in the car.

soren7550:

It's Disney Renaissance good!
No, it isn't. It's not Beauty and the Beast good, it's not The Lion King good, it's not Mulan good, shit, I don't even think it's on par with Pocahontas or Hercules.

We'll have to disagree there. It's certainly better than Pocahontas and Hercules by quite a bit. I recently re-watched Hercules and spent half the time groaning. Pocahontas was just always bad.

soren7550:

It's a shame that The Wind Rises is going to lose to this. Guess people just don't like animated films that make you think/don't include song and dance numbers/don't have a stupid comedic sidekick/doesn't have an animal that isn't a dog that acts like a dog anymore.

It's not a foregone conclusion that the Wind Rises is going to lose, although I don't know that it's as ambitious as say Spirited Away was.

I think honestly that you're a bit prejudiced against movies that have some levity to them. Having musical numbers and comic relief doesn't make Frozen somehow an inferior film.

The movie also explores a lot of important themes that are relevant to it's target audience and presents them in a very modern context, which I honestly think is one of the biggest praises that you can give Frozen.

Soviet Heavy:
I know that. Do you think the general population knows that? You're already fighting for the spotlight by being an anime film, even if it is coming from a highly respected director. The odds are already stacked against you. And then you throw in the historical context, and you can see how a film like this might not be as well received in the United States.

The general population won't decide who wins though. That'll be the Oscar Committee. And 'The horror of war' themed movies generally does good business with them. Though probably only when it's the Holocaust.

I'd still take The Wind Rises over something like Konpecki No Kantai, which not only seriously underplayed Japanese war atrocities, but also decided to make Japan into the superheroes of WW2, where they save britain, beat up the USA, and destroy super Germany. You can imagine why that series was never distributed to stateside.

A lot of countries have that chest pounding celebration of its military, but with Japan it becomes double awkward. It's like 'Okay, you really didn't do anything worthy of celebration in that war at all.'

But the guy I was responding to was trying to make out The Wind Rises' situation as a comparison of idiots vs intellectuals. "Only people who want big family films with stupid sidekicks like Frozen, while people who want to be forced to think can truly appreciate Miyazaki's brilliance!"

Maybe let people like what they like, and stop bitching about Award snubbing? An Oscar is not an automatic stamp of quality when you're dealing with personal preferences.

Every Oscar season people get bent out of shape over who gets nominated and who doesn't, with very few winners actually being remembered. Remember The Hurt Locker, that timeless classic. Obviously who'd want your favourite movie to win and it's pretty great when it does, but ultimately it really doesn't mean much.

Dragonbums:

Fox12:
This film better win. Honestly, if Miyazaki loses to Frozen or...The Crudes...then I'm going to shoot myself. The trailer alone was better than any of those films. This is his "final" film, he deserves this.

I would love to see Disney return to form, but they haven't released a quality film in many years. I'm sick of poorly written 3D animation, I want an animated film with as much substance as style.

It's like everyone forgot Princess and the Frog. It really was a huge step in the right direction. Not surprising I guess. They didn't even bother to aggressively advertise the film lime they did with Frozen. I can't even remember if the movie trailer so much as had a TV ad!

That was a great film, but I got the impression that it was a one off kind of deal because they realized they didn't have an African American princess in their line up. I also enjoyed their Paper Man short. I know they fired what was left of their 2D animation staff a few years ago, so that was basically the nail in the coffin. It's too bad, I'm a big fan of traditional 2D animation. Maybe it's just too expensive or something. In ant case I would love to see the medium make a come back in the U.S. I've had to make do with the occasional indie hit, like The Book of Kells. If Kells had come out any other year it would have deserved a victory, but unfortunately it was facing off against the UP juggernaut, a film that deserved all the awards.

Fox12:

Dragonbums:

Fox12:
This film better win. Honestly, if Miyazaki loses to Frozen or...The Crudes...then I'm going to shoot myself. The trailer alone was better than any of those films. This is his "final" film, he deserves this.

I would love to see Disney return to form, but they haven't released a quality film in many years. I'm sick of poorly written 3D animation, I want an animated film with as much substance as style.

It's like everyone forgot Princess and the Frog. It really was a huge step in the right direction. Not surprising I guess. They didn't even bother to aggressively advertise the film lime they did with Frozen. I can't even remember if the movie trailer so much as had a TV ad!

That was a great film, but I got the impression that it was a one off kind of deal because they realized they didn't have an African American princess in their line up. I also enjoyed their Paper Man short. I know they fired what was left of their 2D animation staff a few years ago, so that was basically the nail in the coffin. It's too bad, I'm a big fan of traditional 2D animation. Maybe it's just too expensive or something. In ant case I would love to see the medium make a come back in the U.S. I've had to make do with the occasional indie hit, like The Book of Kells. If Kells had come out any other year it would have deserved a victory, but unfortunately it was facing off against the UP juggernaut, a film that deserved all the awards.

It's bittersweet honestly. They wanted to add an Black Princess, and at the same time they were gouging out whether or not the animation studio was really worth keeping around. As you stated- it's clear they didn't give a shit and shut them down a second time. It's sad actually. A lot of Disneys' old time animators were just HAPPY to finally make a 2D animated film again after so many years. You could feel the heart and soul that went into that movie. They honestly thought that the Disney that hired them 40 years ago was coming back. Even sadder is that they said that they felt rusty when making the movie because it was such a long time since they did it. That means that movie could of been animated EVEN BETTER than it was now...really sad.
2D animation IS expensive. However the mindset Disney has now is that 2D movies will "always" do bad. When it was more of a case of shitty movies in 2D than the latter. Also Disney just didn't seem to care about promoting the movie as much as Frozeon.

 

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