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Miyazaki’s “The Wind Rises” Opening Nov. 8th for Oscar Qualifying Run

Miyazaki's "The Wind Rises" Opening Nov. 8th for Oscar Qualifying Run

Master animator Hayao Miyazaki’s final feature film, The Wind Rises, will be released in the United States this year via Touchstone Pictures. 

The film will open on November 8th for a one week award Oscar qualifying run at the Landmark Theater on Pico in West Los Angeles. 

Koju Hoshino, president of Miyazaki’s production company, Studio Ghibli made the announcement at last week’s Venice Film Festival, that Miyazaki, 72, was retiring after this film. 

The Wind Rises” tells the story of the man responsible for designing Japan’s World War II fighter planes. The film will face Oscar competition from Pixar (Monsters University), Disney (Frozen), Illumination (Despicable Me 2), Dreamworks (Turbo, The Croods), Blue Sky (Epic) and Sony (Cloudy 2) – among others. Anyone want to speculate on its chances? 

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Steven Ng

I'll be coming for CTNX which starts Nov. 16th so the timing works out great for me. Perhaps we'll even get the Japanese soundtrack with English subtitles. If it gets an Oscar nomination, that will be good marketing for mainstream audiences.


I wonder how many nominees there will be this year. If there's 3, I wonder if Disney could completely dominate the category with this, MU, and Frozen. If there's 5, I'd expect a GKids film to get in, Ernest and Celestine probably, and then either whatever other studio film they found the most tolerable (probably either DM2 or Croods) or, if it gets a qualifying release as it should, Wolf Children.

Alex Dudley

Being a Miyazaki film it has a better chance than anything from the major studios. Though as typical of the Oscars, the award will go to a less deserving film or Pixar.

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