Victory for Hand-Drawn Animation: Hayao Miyazaki’s ‘The Boy and the Heron’ Wins Oscar 2024

Victory for Hand-Drawn Animation: Hayao Miyazaki’s ‘The Boy and the Heron’ Wins Oscar 2024

Hayao Miyazaki won his second Oscar

“The Boy and the Heron” triumphs over Disney’s “Elemental” and “Spider-Man Across the Spider-Verse” to win the Best Animated Feature Film award. Directed by 83-year-old animation legend Hayao Miyazaki, the film is semi-autobiographical, depicting a boy’s encounter with a speaking heron during World War Two, drawing parallels to Miyazaki’s own experiences.

Miyazaki, renowned for founding Studio Ghibli, previously won a Golden Globe for the same film, further solidifying its acclaim. The film’s themes of resilience and maternal influence reflect Miyazaki’s personal journey and storytelling style, which often features strong female characters.

This victory adds to Miyazaki’s illustrious career, which includes winning his first Oscar in 2003 for “Spirited Away” a groundbreaking film in Japanese cinema. His contributions to animation have earned him the title of “godfather of animation” and in 2014, he received an honorary Oscar for his storytelling prowess.

Despite the dominance of computer-generated imagery in modern animation, Miyazaki’s commitment to hand-drawn animation sets his work apart. “The Boy and the Heron” took nearly a decade to create, showcasing Miyazaki’s dedication to his craft.

While Miyazaki was absent from the Oscar ceremony, his legacy continues to inspire generations of animators and his influence on the medium remains unparalleled.

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