Acclaimed anime director Masaaki Yuasa is up for some big time recognition for his latest feature, Inu-Oh. The movie has officially been nominated in the Best Motion Picture – Animated category of the 80th Golden Globe awards, which will air on January 10, 2023 on NBC.
As for the competition, Inu-Oh will be up against Turning Red, Marcel the Shell with Shoes On, Puss in Boots: The Last Wish and Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio.
While the list of nominees has yet to be announced, Inu-Oh is also eligible for an Oscar nomination.
Inu-Oh is born with unique physical characteristics, and the horrified adults cover every inch of his body with garments, including a mask on his face. One day, he meets a boy named Tomona, a blind biwa player, and as Tomona plays a delicate song of tangled fate, Inu-Oh discovers an incredible ability to dance. Inu-Oh and Tomona become business partners and inseparable friends, using their creative gifts to survive on the margins of society, as song after song gain them notoriety and propel them to stardom. Through the songs, Inu-Oh mesmerises his audiences on stage, and gradually begins to transform into someone of unequalled beauty. But why is Tomona blind? Why was Inu-Oh born with unique characteristics? It is a story about the friendship of Inu-Oh and Tomona, who dance and sing to get to the truth and break each other’s curse.