Hayao Miyazaki will receive an honorary Oscar for his work in filmmaking. A fitting tribute after the director announced his retirement little over a year ago.
Miyazaki won an Oscar in 2003 in the Animated Feature Film category for his film Spirited Away. His films Howl’s Moving Castle (2004) and The Wind Rises (2013) were also nominated. Revered in the world of animation, he is the co-founder of Tokyo’s Studio Ghibli.
Studio Ghibli recently closed its doors temporarily as they restructure their organization after Miyazaki’s retirement. the studio had an unusual practice in comparison to other Japanese animation studios. Ghibli would retain a large number of full-time staff by industry standards, with annual personnel expenses totaling nearly $20 million by one estimate. The future of the studio is still uncertain.
When told of his impending award, the infamously restrained and humbled Miyazaki said “Honestly, I don’t think there’s any need to give awards to people who have retired, but nonetheless, it is an honor.”
The honors were voted Tuesday night at a meeting of the board of governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The 6th Annual Governors Awards will be held at the same location as the Oscars Governor’s Ball, the Ray Dolby Ballroom at the Hollywood & Highland Center.
Actress Maureen O’Hara and acclaimed french screenwriter Jean-Claude Carriere will also receive honorary Oscars in November. Singer, actor and civil rights activist Harry Belafonte will receive the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.
Honorary awards are given for lifetime achievements, exceptional contributions to motion picture arts and sciences, and outstanding service to the Academy. “The Governors Awards allow us to reflect upon not the year in film, but the achievements of a lifetime,” said Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “We’re absolutely thrilled to honor these outstanding members of our global filmmaking community and look forward to celebrating with them in November.”
Miyazaki will add another Oscar to his collection and it is indeed an amazing tribute to a legendary filmmaker.
Images: Miramax, Studio Ghibli, Disney