The Golden Globes have revealed the winner of Best Picture – Animated, and The Boy and the Heron has made history by winning as an anime film! The Boy and the Heron attracted a lot of attention this year since it was not only the most commercially successful anime feature picture in Studio Ghibli’s history but also one of the greatest critically acclaimed.
As the picture made its way across the world, it broke all sorts of box office records, and it was even nominated for two major prizes at the Golden Globes this year as a result of its enormous popularity.
The Boy and The Heron’s Golden Globe triumph this year made significant history. It is not only the first Japanese animated picture to win in the category in its roughly 18-year history, but it is also the first award for a Hayao Miyazaki feature. It is also Studio Ghibli’s first Golden Globes triumph, as well as GKIDS’ first, so this is a far bigger event than anime fans may have anticipated. Congratulations!
Hayao Miyazaki wrote and directed The Boy and The Heron, his first new film in 10 years, which was released in theaters last year. Takeshi Honda served as animation director, Toshio Suzuki as producer, and Joe Hisaishi composed the soundtrack. The film’s English voice cast includes Christian Bale, Dave Bautista, Gemma Chan, Willem Dafoe, Karen Fukuhara, Mark Hamill, Robert Pattinson, Florence Pugh, Luca Padovan, Mamoudou Athie, Tony Revolori, and Dan Stevens.
The Japanese voice cast includes Soma Santoki, Masaki Suda, Aimyon, Yoshino Kimura, Takuya Kimura, Shohei Hino, Ko Shibasaki, Kaoru Kobayashi, and others. The Boy and the Heron is hinted at by Studio Ghibli and with the following description:
A young boy named Mahito yearning for his mother ventures into a world shared by the living and the dead. There, death comes to an end, and life finds a new beginning. A semi-autobiographical fantasy about life, death, and creation, in tribute to friendship, from the mind of Hayao Miyazaki.
We cannot deny that Hayao Miyazaki’s films deserve this much recognition, and the community can’t be any prouder. What do you think of this historic win? Share your thoughts with us!