The Oscars may have had more Ghibli films if American’s appreciated the art and skill it takes to make such a film earlier, but late is better than never. Ghibli is up for a Oscar this year for a movie that first appeared in American theaters nearly two years ago, 2014.
Ghibli’s other titles such as “Kiki’s Delivery Service” and “Whispers Of The Heart” never saw American theater audiences. In fact, it was years before they were released for global movie lovers.
While this isn’t the studios first crack at an Oscars, back in 2002 they won an award for “Howl’s Moving Castle,” the studios other notable works “My Neighbor Totoro” and “Princess Mononoke” had limited theatrical releases immediately limiting Ghibli’s amazing stories from entering the famous awards.
It wasn’t until 2001 that The Academy Awards developed a category for animation rightly titled Best Animated Feature. Up until than animation films had to duke it out with “regular” films in the “Best Featured Film” category. Almost an impossible win for any animation film, Ghibli or not.
Ghibli has some tough competition. Notably Pixar and its latest emotional-roller coaster “Inside Out.” Pixar’s global domination in the Animated Film market both globally and domestic will certainly pose a problem for Ghibli but then again, they could win.