Hayao Miyazaki Receives an Honorary Oscar, Acceptance Speech Streamed

On the eve of November 9, 2014, during the Governor’s Award ceremony in Los Angeles, Hayao Miyazaki, the creative mind behind such gems like Spirited Away and Howl’s Moving Castle and the co-founder of the venerable Studio Ghibli, was awarded an honorary Oscar Award for his work within the movie and film industry presented to him by friend and fellow animator John Lasseter from Pixar.

During his acceptance speech, Miyazaki mentioned how lucky he was to animate during the waning era of pencil, paper, and film during a relatively peaceful Japanese period following the devastating impact of World War II. Above all, he says, he’s mostly lucky enough to meet the venerable actress Maureen O’Hara who was also there to receive an honorary Oscar that night.

Though he was not able to attend the 75th Annual Academy Award Ceremony back in 2003 when his film Spirited Away had picked up the coveted ‘Best Animated Film Award’, he was able to come to the Governor’s Award ceremony to accept his reward at the behest of his friend John Lasseter. Though he may not be working on full-length featured films anymore since his retirement in 2013, Miyazaki continues to dedicate his life to his beloved craft, working on manga for Model Graphix magazine and creating film shorts for the Ghibli Museum.


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