The Academy Awards have released the shortlist of films for Best International Feature Film for the 2020 Oscars. Makoto Shinkai’s latest anime feature, Tenki no Ko (Weathering With You), has not been listed as a nomination.
The film was submitted by the nation of Japan in October 2019, the first animated feature film to be submitted for Best International/Foreign Feature Film since Hayao Miyazaki’s Princess Mononoke in 1998.
Whilst the film was not part of the nominated 10 films, it is still in contention for a potential Best Animated Feature nominee.
Tenki no Ko is one of three anime films submitted to the Academy Awards for Best Animated Feature. The film itself had a limited run in L.A. from October 18th as part of the submission for the awards. North American publisher GKids is handling the film’s submission process.
Shinkai’s prior film Kimi no Na wa. was also submitted for an Academy Award nomination at the 89th Oscars but did not make the final 5 nominations.
Only one Japanese film won an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, 2002’s Spirited Away from Hayao Miyazaki (Princess Mononoke, My Neighbor Totoro) and Studio Ghibli (Princess Mononoke, My Neighbor Totoro).
The film will be released in theatres across North America on January 17th, with advanced screenings on the 15th.
The Japanese cast of the film include:
- Kotarou Daigo debuting as Hodaka Morishima
- Nana Mori (Runa Horibe in Mr. Hiiragi’s Homeroom) in her first anime role voicing Hina Amano
- Shun Oguri (Gintoki Sakata in Gintama live action film) voicing Keisuke Suga
- Tsubasa Honda (Futaba Yoshioka in Ao Haru Ride live action film) as Natsumi
Tenki no Ko‘s key production staff consists of:
- Director, Screenplay writer, Editor: Makoto Shinkai (Kimi no Na wa.. )
- Character Designer: Masayoshi Tanaka (AnoHana, Toradora!)
- Art Director: Hiroshi Takiguchi (Ajin, The Garden of Words)
- Music Composer: RADWIMPS (Kimi no Na wa)
- Animation Studio: CoMix Wave Inc. (Children Who Chase Lost Voices, Kimi no Na wa.)
Tenki no Ko has become the 6th highest grossing anime film of all time in Japan, surpassing Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro) and Studio Ghibli’s (Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro) 2013 anime title The Wind Rises (Kaze Tachinu). The movie has earned over ¥132,000,000 (~ US$1.23 Million) at the Japanese box office since its July 19th release.
Tenki no Ko (Weathering With You) has failed to make the shortlist for Best International Feature Film at the 92nd Academy Awards, however, it could still be nominated for Best Animated Feature Film.
Source Article - Hollywood Reporter