Satoshi Kon, the visionary director behind films like Millennium Actress and Paprika, passed away after a fight with cancer in 2010 at the young age of 46. But the director’s contributions to the world of animation are still being felt today.
Those contributions are now being acknowledged by the Annie Awards, one of the world’s most important animation awards.
Specifically, Kon is being awarded the Winsor McCay Award, which honors “unparalleled achievement and exceptional contributions to animation.”
Kon began his professional career as a manga artist, working as an assistant to Akira’s Katsuhiro Otomo. He moved into animation with work on films like Otomo’s Roujin Z and Patlabor 2 and gained notoriety for writing the “Magnetic Rose” segment of omnibus film Memories.
His made his directorial debut in 1997 with psychological thriller Perfect Blue and went on to direct three other films: Millennium Actress, Tokyo Godfathers and Paprika. He also helmed the 13-episode series Paranoia Agent. At the time of his death, he was working on his fifth film, Dreaming Machine.
The Annie Awards also announced the nomination of several anime films for their Best Animated Feature-Independent award. Those films are Okko’s Inn, Promare and Weathering With You, all distributed in the U.S. by GKIDS.
The Annie Awards will take place January 25, 2020 in Los Angeles.
Source: Press release