ByJess O'Kane, writer at
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Jess O'Kane

Studio Ghibli founder Hayao Miyazaki is pretty much royalty amongst animation fans.

The 73 year-old director was responsible for some of the greatest animated films of all time, including Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke, before announcing his retirement for the millionth time this year.

But finally, the Japanese giant is getting the recognition he deserves.

It was announced this week that Miyazaki will be receiving an honorary Academy Award for lifetime achievement as part of the 6th annual Governors Awards program. He's the first Japanese filmmaker to win such an award since Akira Kurosawa in 1990.


When Spirited Away won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature in 2006, Miyazaki refused to attend the ceremony in protest against America's involvement in the Iraq War.

He's since softened his stance however, and has expressed a desire to attend the ceremony. Although, that's not to say that he hasn't remained characteristically nonchalant about the award itself:

It’s a great honor. But honestly, I don’t think there’s a need to give awards to people who have retired.

Whatever, grandpa. We think you're great.


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