BAFTA Nomination for “Le Garçon et le héron”
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has today unveiled its nominations for the upcoming 2023 awards. As expected, the anime feature The Boy and the Heron by master animator Hayao Miyazaki has managed to snag a spot in the Animation Film category. Viewers can find all the category nominations in the video provided below (timing 5:31 approximately):
Super Mario Bros, The Movie was among the early contenders for the same category but did not ultimately receive any nominations. Preselections for foreign language films (non-English) also contained The Boy and the Heron, but it did not receive a nomination in the end.
The award ceremony will take place on the 18th of February.
Moreover, the site Deadline revealed today that Miyazaki’s latest production surpassed a substantial 3.9 million Pound Sterling at the UK box office, making it the highest-grossing across the entire United Kingdom (including Ireland and Scotland). Its triumph didn’t stop there, as it is also the second-highest-grossing animated film, following closely behind Pokémon, The Movie.
The Boy and the Heron, Transformers: Rise of the Beasts and Mario Bros, The Movie were nominated for the 51st Annie Awards. The Art Directors Guild also recently tipped the last two films in the Animation Film category. Similarly, the Producers Guild of America recognized them in the Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures category of their PGA Awards 2024.
Just a reminder, The Boy and the Heron premiered on the same day in normal and IMAX theaters, Dolby Atmos, Dolby Cinema, and DTS:X on July 14, in Japan. Its four-day haul surpassed Spirited Away (released in 2001) and was 50% above The Wind Rises (2013). In IMAX screening (across 44 screens), it pulled in 1.7 million, setting a new three-day record, according to the site.
For its opening weekend, the film amassed approximately 13.2 million US dollars, with around 1.003 million admissions. The film drew an impressive 1.353 million viewers from Friday to Monday, grossing 2.149 billion yen.
Furthermore, it claimed the spot as the 20th most profitable animated film in Japan, overtaking Tales from Earthsea, directed by his son, Goro Miyazaki.
The film was released in France on November 1, distributed by Wild Bunch:
After the disappearance of his mother in a fire, Mahito, an 11-year-old boy, leaves Tokyo to live in the countryside, where she grew up. He moves in with his father in an ancient manor located on a vast estate. He meets a heron, which gradually becomes his guide and assists him in understanding his surroundings and unraveling the mysteries of life.