Director Takashi Yamazaki Academy Award


Director Takashi Yamazaki Academy Award

“Godzilla 1.0” Visual Effects Award


“How do you guys live?”
Best animated feature directed by Hayao Miyazaki


[Los Angeles Kyodo Akira Kato] The announcement and award ceremony of the 96th Academy Awards, the largest festival in the American film industry, was held in Hollywood on the 10th (1st Japan time), and director Takashi Yamazaki (59) from Matsumoto City, the 12th “Godzilla-1.0 (Minus One)” won the Best Visual Effects Award at the Kaishin Mainsen Awards, and “How Do You Live?” directed by Hayao Miyazaki (83) won the Best Animated Feature Award.


映画「ゴジラ-1.0」より(©2023 TOHO CO., LTD.)
From the movie “Godzilla-1.0” (©2023 TOHO CO., LTD.)


“Godzilla-1.0” is a work commemorating the 70th anniversary of “Godzilla” (directed by Ishiro Honda), which was released in 1954. By making full use of VFX (visual effects), a dynamic image was created without sacrificing the feel of Godzilla, which had been created using special effects.


The story is set in Japan after the end of the Pacific War. Godzilla attacks the people who have lost everything and are desperately trying to move on, and former special attack soldiers who have been demobilized confront them. Filming was also conducted at the former city hall of Okaya City.


This is the first time that a Japanese film has won in the visual effects category. This is the second time in 11 years that the Best Animated Feature Award has been won, the first being Miyazaki’s “Spirited Away” in 2003.


“Kimitachi” is a story about a boy who loses his mother in wartime Japan and wanders into a mysterious world guided by a gray heron. Earlier this year, it became the first Japanese film to win Best Animated Film at the Golden Globe Awards, a prelude to the Academy Awards, and the British Academy Awards.



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Director Takashi Yamazaki