The Oscar nominees and there’s anime this time around!
Mamoru Hosoda‘s Mirai is nominated for Best Animated Feature, but it’s facing stiff competition. It’ll be competing against Incredibles 2, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Ralph Breaks the Internet, and the Japanese influenced Isle of Dogs.
The whimsical movie follows the sibling relationship between Kun and Mirai. As an only-child, Kun has been spoiled by his parents, but the four-year-old is in for a rude awakening following the birth of Mirai. Kun quickly becomes jealous…until he meets a teenage Mirai in the garden. Why did she come from the future and what will their journey reveal about their family?
Hosoda’s mastery over family dynamics, personal growth, and soft humor is in full display in Mirai — and is arguably his best film since Wolf Children. Mirai is Hosoda’s first Oscar-nominated film and is the first anime to be nominated for an award since 2015’s When Marnie Was There.
Fans should expect to see either Incredibles 2 or Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse to win, but it’s still nice to see an anime film recognized by the mainstream.