Ghibli's Takahata Wins Lifetime Achievement Award

Ghibli's Takahata wins lifetime achievement awardStudio Ghibli Inc. co-founder Isao Takahata received the Winsor McCay Award for lifetime achievement in animation at the 43rd Annie Awards.
However, the legendary studio's “When Marnie Was There” and Mamoru Hosoda’s “The Boy and the Beast,” nominated in the Best Animated Feature-Independent category, both lost out to “Boy and the World”during the awards ceremony held Feb. 6 in Los Angeles.

This year’s big winner was Pixar Animation Studios, whose “Inside Out” won in 10 of 11 categories related to animated feature films, including Best Animated Feature.

Takahata became the fifth Japanese recipient of the Winsor McCay Award, following Kihachiro Kawamoto, Osamu Tezuka, Hayao Miyazaki, another Ghibli co-founder, and Katsuhiro Otomo.

He received the award along with “Toy Story” screenwriter and “Cars” director Joe Ranft as well as Phil Roman, who has worked on “Tom and Jerry” and “The Simpsons.”

Takahata was named the Officier of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French government in 2015. He also received an Honorary Cristal Award at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival in Annecy, France, in 2014 and also the Leopard of Honor at the Locarno International Film Festival in 2009 in Switzerland.

Comprising 31 categories, the Annie Awards are given by the International Animated Film Society (ASIFA-Hollywood) to recognize excellence in animated feature films, shorts, TV shows, commercials and video games released in the United States in the past year.

The Annies also hand out the Winsor McCay Award to individuals who have made significant contributions to the art of animation. It has been given to many industry heavyweights. Max and Dave Fleischer were the first recipients.

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