Otaku USA Magazine
Here’s Where You Can See Hayao Miyazaki’s New Oscar Statuette

With The Boy and the Heron, Hayao Miyazaki just won his second Academy Award. But where is he keeping his Oscar statuette? Beginning today, it can be found at the Ghibli’s Grand Warehouse at Ghibli Park.

The park is located in Aichi Prefecture, and Aichi Gov. Hideaki Omura said at a press conference two days ago, “By courtesy of Studio Ghibli, the real Oscar statuette will be on display. Though visitors cannot touch it, they will be able to take photos of it. This has added to the fun of the park ahead of the spring break.”

This is a limited-time opportunity, though. Visitors will be able to check out the display until August, at which point it will be moved to a different, and undisclosed, location.

The Boy and the Heron will be back in American theaters on March 22. GKIDS gave this description for the movie:

After losing his mother during the war, young Mahito moves to his family’s estate in the countryside. There, a series of mysterious events lead him to a secluded and ancient tower, home to a mischievous gray heron. When Mahito’s new stepmother disappears, he follows the gray heron into the tower, and enters a fantastic world shared by the living and the dead. As he embarks on an epic journey with the heron as his guide, Mahito must uncover the secrets of this world, and the truth about himself. Featuring the voices of Christian Bale, Dave Bautista, Gemma Chan, Willem Dafoe, Karen Fukuhara, Mark Hamill, Robert Pattinson and Florence Pugh.

The Boy and the Heron is the new critically-acclaimed fantasy adventure from the legendary Studio Ghibli, creators of Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, and My Neighbor Totoro. Hayao Miyazaki’s first feature film in 10 years is a hand-drawn, original story written and directed by the Academy Award® -winning director. Produced by Studio Ghibli co-founder Toshio Suzuki, the film features a musical score from Miyazaki’s long-time collaborator Joe Hisaishi. The theme song for the film “Spinning Globe” was penned and performed by global J-pop superstar Kenshi Yonezu.

Source: The Mainichi Shimbun


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