“The Boy and the Heron” & “Godzilla Minus One” Win at the “96th Academy Awards”

Earlier tonight, the “96th Academy Awards” were held at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles. Three Japanese films were nominated, with two winning.

The first win of the night was “The Boy and the Heron” winning Best Animated Feature Film. The award was presented to Hayao Miyazaki and Toshio Suzuki, neither of whom attended the ceremony.

Studio Ghibli Chief Operating Officer Kiyofumi Nakajima read messages from Miyazaki and Suzuki at the backstage press conference.


The second win of the night was “Godzilla Minus One” winning Best Visual Effects. The award was presented to Takashi Yamazaki, Kiyoko Shibuya, Masaki Takahashi, and Tatsuji Nojima.


“Perfect Days” was nominated for Best International Feature Film, but lost to the United Kingdom’s “The Zone of Interest.”


During the “In Memoriam” segment, Ryuichi Sakamoto, winner at the “60th Academy Awards”, was remembered.

He, along with David Byrne and Cong Su, won Best Original Score for “The Last Emperor.”


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