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Golden Globes’ Best Animated Film Award Won by ‘The Boy and the Heron’ (Updated)

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Hayao Miyazaki
The Boy and the Heron
Kimi-tachi wa Dō Ikiru ka
, or in other words
How Do You Live?
) movie received the Best Motion Picture – Animated award at the 81st Golden Globes Awards held on Sunday.

The movie was up against Makoto Shinkai‘s Suzume (Suzume no Tojimari), Universal PicturesThe Super Mario Bros. Movie, Sony PicturesSpider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, and Disney’s Elemental and Wish.

The Boy and the Heron along with its composer Joe Hisaishi were also among the nominees for Best Original Score – Motion Picture, however, they did not take home that award. The track “Peaches” (Jack Black, Aaron Horvath, Michael Jelenic, Eric Osmond, and John Spiker) from The Super Mario Bros. Movie was also nominated for Best Original Song – Motion Picture, but didn’t win either. The association gave a nomination for Cinematic and Box Office Achievement – a newly introduced category that “considers nominees from the year’s highest-rated, highest-grossing and/or most-watched movies that have fetched noteworthy global viewer support and achieved remarkable cinematic greatness” – to The Super Mario Bros. Movie, but this film wasn’t awarded either.

The Boy and the Heron is also in the running for the London Critics’ Circle’s 2024 awards show. The Florida Film Critics Circle bestowed the Best Picture award on the movie on December 21, marking the first instance of an animated feature film receiving the accolade. The movie also grabbed the Best Animated Film and Best Score awards. Moreover, the Alliance of Women Film Journalists honoured the film as the Best Animated Film at its EDA Awards.

At the Astra Film & Creative Arts Awards, the film’s director, Hayao Miyazaki, has been shortlisted for the Best International Filmmaker award. It also secured the Best Animation award at the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards, and clinched the Animated Feature award at the Boston Society of Film Critics event.

The movie premiered in Japan on July 14, selling 1.003 million tickets and grossing approximately US$13.2 million in its initial three-day run in Japan. The movie sold 1.353 million tickets and pulled in 2.149 billion yen (roughly US$15.53 million) during the Friday-Monday long weekend (Japan celebrated the Marine Day holiday on July 17). It ranks as the #71 top-grossing film of all time in Japan, and the third top-grossing domestic film in Japan in 2023, with a gross of 8.66 billion yen (about US$61.4 million).

In the US box office, the movie secured the #1 spot in its opening weekend, amassing US$12,836,313 over its first three days. Variety reported that it’s the “first unique anime production” to reign at the top of the U.S. box office.

The movie is the inaugural Studio Ghibli film to bag a simultaneous IMAX release. It’s also being screened in Dolby Atmos, Dolby Cinema, and DTS:X.

In addition to being the film’s director and script writer, Miyazaki was credited for the original work. The music was composed by Joe Hisaishi (Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, My Neighbor Totoro). The theme song, “Chikyūgi” (Globe), is sung by Kenshi Yonezu (Chainsaw Man, My Hero Academia, March comes in like a lion).

References: 81st Golden Globes Awards stream, IndieWire (Christian Blauvelt)

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