Ghibli’s Isao Takahata declines invitation from the Oscar Academy

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences extended an invitation towards the director and co-founder of Studio Ghibli last summer, after his nomination for Best Animated Feature Film of the Year, for “The Tale of the Princess Kaguya”. However, the 81-year-old filmmaker declined, citing that he is “being too busy at work”

In that aspect, the Academy’s recent effort to promote diversity seems to have started quite some time before the recent ruckus.

Hayao Miyazaki has received an invitation at least four times, and the third co-founder of Studio Ghibli, Toshio Suzuki, received one in 2014. However, Miyzaki and Kunio Kato are the only Japanese directors to win an Oscar, the first for “Spirited Away” and the second for the animation short “The House of Small Cubes”.

This year, the Academy has nominated Hiromasa Yonebashi’s “When Marnie Was There”, the latest production from Studio Ghibli.
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