It’s time to see if anime has a chance at earning another Oscar, because Mamoru Hosoda’s latest is officially in the running for the 91st annual Academy Awards. Mirai is among the nominees for the Best Animated Feature category, an honor it shares with the likes of Incredibles 2, Isle of Dogs, Ralph Breaks the Internet, and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.
Mirai is the first non-Ghibli anime feature to receive an Oscar nomination. It also marks the 11th Best Animated Feature Oscar nomination for distributor GKIDS, which previously received nods for The Secret of Kells in 2010, A Cat in Paris and Chico & Rita in 2012, Ernest & Celestine in 2014, The Tale of The Princess Kaguya and Song of the Sea in 2015, Boy and the World and When Marnie Was There in 2016, My Life as a Zucchini in 2017, and The Breadwinner in 2018
Hosoda commented on the nomination:
“I have just received word that Mirai has been nominated for the 91st Academy Awards. I am really surprised and also deeply honored. This film is about the everyday life and growth of a young child, depicted in a matter-of-fact way. The fact that it has been chosen with the other films about heroes is very meaningful and significant to me. I would like to express my sincerest gratitude to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for selecting this film.”
Source: GKIDS press release