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Inu-Oh Gets Nominated for Best Animated Feature at 80th Golden Globe Awards

Inu-Oh Golden Globes

Anime films are rarely nominated for the Golden Globe Awards. But recently, the 80th Golden Globe Awards announced its nominees, and they include Masaaki Yuasa’s anime film Inu-Oh which was released earlier this year.

Inu-Oh Is the Third Anime Film Nominated at the Golden Globes

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Inu-Oh is only the third anime film to be nominated at the Golden Globe Awards and second in the Best Animated Movie category.

While it’s a fairly new category given that the first award was only given in 2007, most nominees are American animated movies.

In the next couple of years, more animated movies from outside the US received nominations, though as of now, a non-American movie has yet to win the award.

The first anime film to be nominated at the Golden Globes is Hayao Miyazaki’s 2013 film, The Wind Rises. Though the movie was nominated in the Best Foreign Language Film category.

In 2019, Mamoru Hosoda’s Mirai was the second anime film to be nominated at the Golden Globes, and it was the first to be nominated in the Best Animated Motion Picture category.

But much like The Wind Rises, Mirai did not win the award that year.

While anime films typically only get nominated a few times in American award shows, Miyazaki’s Spirited Away made history when it won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature in 2001 – a first for any anime film.

Now though, a new anime film in Inu-Oh might just make history again at the 80th Golden Globe Awards.

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Inu-Oh Anime Film Director, Release

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Credit: Akiko Nogi / Masaaki Yuasa / Science SARU / Aniplex

While Inu-Oh’s 14th-century Japan setting makes it wildly different from the two other Golden Globe anime nominees, it also features a renowned anime director in Masaaki Yuasa.

Yuasa is best known for various cult anime works such as Mind Game and Kaiba.

He soon gained renown for his works such as The Tatami Galaxy, Ping Pong the Animation, and Devilman Crybaby.

His latest work, Inu-Oh, premiered at the Venice Film Festival in 2021. It received great reviews and even earned a 90% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

The anime film was praised for its excellent animation and thematic depth.

Inu-Oh was released in Japanese cinemas back in May 2022, followed by a US theatrical release last August.

As for the Golden Globes, the ceremony will take place on January 10, 2023.

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Source: Golden Globes' official website

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