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Mamoru Hosoda’s The Boy And The Beast Nominated For 43rd Annie Awards

FLOWER MOUND, TX The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood, announced on Tuesday the nominations for its 43rd Annual Annie Awardsâ„¢ which recognize the best in the field of animation. The list included a Best Animated Feature-Independent nomination for Mamoru Hosoda’s “The Boy and The Beast” – the critically acclaimed anime film from Studio Chizu, which is being distributed in the U.S. by FUNimation Entertainment. ASIFA - Hollywood voting members will receive ballots on January 1, 2016. Winners will be announced on February 6, 2016 at a black tie ceremony in Royce Hall at UCLA.

“The Boy and The Beast” is one of four inaugural nominations in the new Best Animated Feature-Independent category debuting at the 43rd annual awards.  In the words of ASIFA – Hollywood President Jerry Beck, “We will now recognize not only features in wide-release, but also the independent animators, international studios, anime and special productions that might not otherwise get the attention they deserve.”

Widely viewed as now surpassing Hayao Miyazaki as the world’s most prominent anime director, Mamoru Hosoda has risen to acclaim based on the commercial success of his last three animated feature films: “The Girl Who Leapt Through Time” (2006), “Summer Wars” (2009) and “Wolf Children” (2011) – all of which were box office hits. Most recently, a critic at TheHollywood Reporter quipped “Exit stage left Hayao Miyazaki; enter stage right Mamoru Hosoda?”

Hosoda’s latest masterpiece, “The Boy and The Beast”, opens Friday, December 4, for a one-week limited engagement in Los Angeles. The movie will open in theaters nationwide in February 2016.

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Michael Sandoval

Michael created MUSE/MUSE TV after a career in professional sports and journalism. Born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He attended Don Bosco Technical Institute in which he studied Electronics and Computer Science and California State University, Fullerton in which he graduated with a degree from the College of Communication in Journalism. He is a big Foo Fighters fan, loves Star Wars and loves photography. Member of the Los Angeles Online Film Critics Society.

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