Los Angeles, Dec. 4 (Jiji Press)–Japanese director Shinkai Makoto‘s Kimi no Na wa (Your Name) has won the Los Angeles Film Critics Association’s Best Animation award for 2016, it was announced Sunday.
It is the third Japanese motion picture to win the award after Miyazaki Hayao’s Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi (Spirited Away) in 2002 and Takahata Isao’s Kaguyahime no Monogatari (The Tale of The Princess Kaguya) in 2014.
It is the first time that a Japanese anime not from Studio Ghibli has received the award.
The Los Angeles Film Critics Association awards are regarded as a precursor to the Academy Awards.
Shinkai’s work is expected to compete with Walt Disney’s Zootopia and Finding Dory for an Oscar. Nominees for Academy Awards will be announced in January.
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