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.