The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has now changed their Best Foreign Laguage film into the “Best International Feature Film”. And now, Japan has submitted Makoto Shinkai’s Weathering With You for consideration on that category. This is the first anime movie they have submitted for the award since 1998’s Princess Mononoke, which was of course directed by Hayao Miyazaki.

While it did not earn as much as Shinkai’s previous movie, your name., the movie did earn around 10,073,344,500 yen in the Japanese box office. This makes it he #10 highest-earning Japanese films of all time, and only Shinkai’s second film to cross the 10 billion yen mark since your name.

If Weathering With You would win the Best International Film Oscar, Shinkai would do something Hayao Miyazaki hasn’t done, and that is win an Oscar in that category. Miyazaki previously won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature film in 2003, for the Ghibli film, Spirited Away. The anime film still stands as the only Japanese animated film to win an Academy Award.

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