FLOWER MOUND, TX –Â 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 forÂ Mamoru Hosoda’sÂ “The Boy and The Beast” â€“ the critically acclaimed anime film from Studio Chizu, which is being distributed in the U.S. by FUNimation Entertainment. ASIFA -Â HollywoodÂ voting members will receive ballots onÂ January 1, 2016. Winners will be announced onÂ February 6, 2016Â at a black tie ceremony in Royce Hall atÂ 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. Â In the words of ASIFA – Hollywood PresidentÂ 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 surpassingÂ Hayao MiyazakiÂ as the world’s most prominent anime director,Â Mamoru HosodaÂ 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) â€“ all of which were box office hits. Most recently, a critic atÂ TheHollywood ReporterÂ quipped “Exit stage leftÂ Hayao Miyazaki; enter stage rightÂ Mamoru Hosoda?”
Hosoda’s latest masterpiece, “The Boy and The Beast”, opensÂ Friday, December 4, for a one-week limited engagement inÂ Los Angeles. The movie will open in theaters nationwide inÂ February 2016.