Oscars nominate The Red Turtle for Best Animated Feature

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced its nominees for the 2017 Oscar Awards yesterday. But, while we hate to be the bearers of bad news for everyone rooting for your name, for whatever reason it didn’t make the cut. In November, both Makoto Shinkai’s movie and Miss Hokusai were officially listed for consideration. However, out of the three anime movies eligible, the Ghibli and Wild Bunch co-production La tortue rouge (The Red Turtle) was the one that made the shortlist for Best Animated Feature.

Dutch-British animator Michaël Dudok de Wit, who had previously worked on Oscar-winning short film Father and Daughter, directed The Red Turtle alongside Grave of the Fireflies‘ Isao Takahata as Artistic Producer. The film’s story and storyboards were finished in Koganei, Tokyo, where Studio Ghibli holds its HQ, and was then animated in France.

The 89th Academy Awards ceremony will be held on February 26th at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre. While we were hoping to prove your name‘s naysayers wrong, and it seemed a shoo-in for the shortlist, we’ll be backing The Red Turtle all the same.

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14 Comments on Oscars nominate The Red Turtle for Best Animated Feature

  1. The Otaku Judge // January 25, 2017 at 18:49 // Reply

    Shame that Your Name didn’t get the nod, as it has proven to be a big hit. Guess the Academy’s anime knowledge doesn’t go beyond Ghibli.

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  2. I heard it was good but I haven’t seen any trailers on it.

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  3. I really need to watch The Red Turtle. I actually didn’t hear about it until the Oscar nom.

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  4. It sure was too bad that lost that Oscar award for Best Animated Feature. And like what I thought, the Oscars can be a big joke as they don’t give a shit.


  5. Every single shot in The Red Turtle is perfect, especially because of the intricate and beautifully imagined backdrops, and in terms of just what is on screen, the story action is directed faultlessly. While there’s not always the greatest emotional connection to the characters, between them or for the audience, the film is occasionally pretty affecting for something of its simple 2D hand-drawn style.


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