Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki’s new film Kaze Tachinu (The Wind Rises) has walked away with the New York Film Critics Circle’s award for best animated film of the year. The film is also a nominee for best animated feature from ASIFA-Hollywood’s Annie Award.
Miyazaki has gone on to win the biggy– the Oscar– for 2001’s Sen To Chihiro No Kamikakushi (Spirited Away). While the New York Film Critics Circle award is very prestigious, it has never proven to be a good predictor of the year’s Oscar winner. In the last twelve years, the New York Film Critics Circle has only picked 4 films that went on to win the Best Animated Feature Academy Award.
Miyazaki’s 2008 Gake No Ue No Ponyo (Ponyo On The Cliff) was thought to be his last as director. Hayao Mizayaki wrote or co-wrote all three films.