Nearly two decades since the Golden Globes introduced its Best Animated Film category, The Boy and the Heron has made history as the first anime film to secure the award.
The renowned writer/director Hayao Miyazaki has made Golden Globes history with the latest film out of Studio Ghibli, The Boy and the Heron, which has won the globe for Best Animated Film. Since the Golden Globes started acknowledging achievements in animation back in 2006, no anime film has yet to garner as much attention as bigger studios such as Disney and Dreamworks.
However, this award season has changed that. The film follows a young boy's quest through a mysterious world accompanied by a talking Heron. The win, when announced by presenters Florence Pugh and Natalie Portman, stunned viewers not only in attendance but worldwide, especially given this year's competition with the likes of Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, Elemental, and Suzume among the nominees.
This win for the anime film not only gave the massively acclaimed director his first Golden Globe award but also marked the very first victory for an anime film in the category, which makes this an incredible milestone for anime films. Unfortunately, Miyazaki and the crew from Studio Ghibli were not in attendance to claim their monumental victory.
With the Oscars ceremony looming and the historic Golden Globe safely secured, it raises the question of if The Boy and the Heron will go back to back for the awards. While the two award shows do not go hand in hand, the win raises the chances for the Anime film. Oscar nominations have yet to be announced. Judging by the success of the film, it's likely it will place somewhere among them.