7 December 2015

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

The Boy and The Beast
The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood, announced on Tuesday the nominations for its 43rd Annual Annie Awards™ 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 onJanuary 1, 2016. Winners will be announced on February 6, 2016 at a black tie ceremony in Royce Hall atUCLA.
"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."

Mamoru Hosoda
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 The Hollywood Reporter quipped "Exit stage left Hayao Miyazaki; enter stage right Mamoru Hosoda?"
Hosoda's latest masterpiece, "The Boy and The Beast", opened Friday, December 4, for a one-week limited engagement in Los Angeles. The movie will open in theaters nationwide in February 2016.  

The Trailer
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