The 96th Academy Awards (or Oscars) will take place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, on March 10, 2024. This year 3 Japanese films earned nominations.
“Godzilla Minus One” directed by Takashi Yamazaki stormed through cinemas worldwide last year and broke the record for the biggest domestic opening for a foreign-language movie in 2023. The film has been nominated in the Best Visual Effects category.
Studio Ghibli’s latest film “The Boy and the Heron” directed by Hayao Miyazaki has been nominated for Best Animated Feature. Now at 83 years old, Miyazaki is currently the oldest nominee in Oscar history to be nominated for the animated feature category.
Legendary German director Wim Wender’s new narrative film “Perfect Days” received a nomination for Best International Feature. Although the film takes place in Japan with all Japanese characters, this marks the first time that Japan has selected a non-Japanese director for submissions to the Oscars. Director Wenders responded with “It’s such a great honor for me to represent Japan in the Oscars, the country of my great cinematic master, Yasujiro Ozu. Perfect Days was carried by his spirit, so I couldn’t be happier to see it nominated.”