Following last month’s news that Mamoru Hosoda’s magical tale of siblinghood, Mirai was nominated for a Golden Globe, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have announced this afternoon that the anime film has also received a highly anticipated nomination for the Best Animated Feature category of the 91st Academy Awards!
Taking place on Sunday 24th February, Mirai will be up against some of the biggest names in animated films and a pop culture icon, with the nominees fighting for the prize being:
- Incredibles 2
- Isle of Dogs
- Ralph Breaks the Internet
- Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
This marks the first anime film not associated with Studio Ghibli to be nominated for the category, following its inception in 2001. Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away currently stands as the only anime to take the prize in 2002, with other films nominated being Howl’s Moving Castle (2005), The Wind Rises (2013), The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2014), When Marnie was There (2015) and Wild Bunch collaboration The Red Turtle (2016).
The latest anime film from acclaimed director Mamoru Hosoda, Anime Limited released Mirai in cinemas across the UK and Ireland in November 2018. They describe the film’s story as follows:
The birth of a sibling is a joyous time for many, but not for Kun. Four years old and spoilt rotten, he sees the arrival of baby sister Mirai as competition for his parents’ love. That is, until magical encounters with an older Mirai and family past, present and future send the siblings on an intimate journey through time and space, to confront Kun’s uncertain feelings and prepare him to become the big brother he needs to be.