In today's posting on the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences site, the nominations for the 2014 American Academy Awards were announced with Studio Ghibli's latest film, The Wind Rises, being among the nominees for Best Animated Film. The film's competition for the award include The Croods, Despicable Me 2, Ernest and Celestine and Frozen.
This is the third Ghibli film to receive an Academy Award nomination with Spirited Away and Howl's Moving Castle receiving prior nominations, the former being successful in winning its award for Best Animated Feature and the first and only Japanese full-length animated film to date to win the honor.
The movie was supposed to be Hayao Miyazaki's final film he had directed before announcing his retirement back in September 2013, before backing out of it. The film is loosely based on Tatsuo Hori's The Wind has Risen short story, being a fictionalized biography of Japanese plane designer Jiro Horikoshi that focuses on the rise of his career and his romantic involvements with a girl named Naoko.