Hayao Miyazaki Named Best International Filmmaker at Astra Awards
The renowned Hollywood Alliance conferred
with the honor of the Astra Award for Superior International Filmmaker during the award presentation on Saturday evening.
Suzume no Tojimari
) was another nominee at the event in the Best Animated Movie category, but it didn’t clinch the award, which went to
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse
Miyazaki’s esteemed work, The Boy and the Heron (Kimi-tachi wa Dō Ikiru ka, or quite literally translated as How Do You Live?) clinched the Best Animated Motion Picture award at the 81st Golden Globes Awards on Sunday. The Boy and the Heron and it’s gifted composer Joe Hisaishi were also contenders for the Best Original Score for a Motion Picture, but did not secure the honor.
The film received the Best Animated Film award at the Alliance of Women Film Journalists’s event on the last day of 2023, December 31st.
The prestigious Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences included Hisaishi in the shortlist for the Music (Original Score) section at the 2024 Oscars for the movie. The film is also a nominee for the 2024 event coordinated by the London Critics’ Circle. In addition, on December 21st, the Florida Film Critics Circle recognized the film with the Best Picture honor, marking the first occasion that an animated feature has achieved this. The film also secured Best Animated Movie and Best Score.
This film won the Best Animation prize at the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards. Additionally, it procured the Animated Feature accolade from the Boston Society of Film Critics.
The film began screenings in Japan on July 14th and managed to sell 1.003 million tickets and gather approximately US$13.2 million in the first three days in Japan. Over its Friday to Monday extended weekend, which included Japan’s Marine Day holiday on July 17th, the film sold 1.353 million tickets, amassing 2.149 billion yen (roughly US$15.53 million). It ranks as the #71 top-grossing movie in Japan’s history, and the third top-grossing domestic film in the Japanese market for 2023, with a gross income of 8.66 billion yen (about US$61.4 million).
In its opening weekend in the U.S. box office, the film landed at the number one spot, garnering an impressive US$12,836,313 in its first three days. Variety reported that the movie is dubbed the “first original anime production” to lead the U.S. box office.
The film holds the distinction of being the inauguralStudio Ghibli production to have a parallel IMAX release. In addition, the film is displayed in Dolby Atmos, Dolby Cinema, and DTS:X formats.
Miyazaki was recognized for the original work, in addition to directing the movie and authoring the script. Hisaishi, renowned for his music composition in films like Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, My Neighbor Totoro composed the musical score. Kenshi Yonezu, known for his works in Chainsaw Man, My Hero Academia, March comes in like a lionprovided the theme song “Chikyūgi” (Globe).