Hayao Miyazaki’s The Boy And The Heron Anime Film Wins The Best Animated Film Award!

It is the first-ever anime film to win at the Golden Globe Awards.

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At the 2024 Golden Glove Awards ceremony, Hayao Miyazaki’s The Boy and the Heron anime film became the Best Picture-Animated category winner.

It became the first-ever anime film to win at the Golden Globe Awards. The category of animated film nominees included:

  • Suzume
  • Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse
  • The Super Mario Bros. Movie
  • Elemental
  • Wish

The producer and co-founder of Studio Ghibli, Tooshio Suzuki, also shared a message regarding the film’s achievement.


The Boy and the Heron had already won three awards in the US, such as “Best Animated Feature” at the New York Film Critics Circle Awards, Best Animation at the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards, and Best Animated Film from the Boston Society of Film Critics.

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Additionally, the film is also among the five other anime movies eligible to be nominated for the 2024 Oscars.

About the Boy and the Heron:

The Boy and the Heron is a 2023 Japanese animated fantasy film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki.

Produced by Studio Ghibli, the Japanese title references the 1937 novel of the same name by Genzaburō Yoshino, which appears in the film, but the film has an original story that is not connected to the novel.

The Boy and the Heron got released in Japan on July 14, 2023, by Toho.

However, it was noted for its intentional absence of any promotion, with Studio Ghibli choosing not to release any trailers, images, synopsis, or casting details of the film in advance of its Japanese premiere with the exception of a single poster.

GKIDS describes the overall plot of The Boy and the Heron as follows:

A young boy named Mahito, yearning for his mother, ventures into a world shared by the living and the dead. There, death comes to an end, and life finds a new beginning.

Source: Crunchyroll