Hayao Miyazaki, the godfather of Japanese animation who is now known throughout the world, will be presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, becoming the first Japanese recipient of the prestigious honor since the late Akira Kurosawa, who was honored for his prolific career in 1989.

Hayao Miyazaki may be retired, but he is far from forgotten. Recently, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that they would be celebrating Miyazaki and his work by presenting him with the Lifetime Achievement Award, an honor bestowed upon only the greatest in the world of film. Acknowledged for his tremendous contributions to the art of cinema, Miyazaki will be honored at a ceremony to take place on November 8th.

This award is not just given to anybody. Previous honorees include Charlie Chaplin, Walt Disney, Fred Astaire, Judy Garland, Sophia Loren, and more. When Akira Kurosawa was honored in 1989, it was Steven Spielberg and George Lucas who presented him with the award. It's obviously a big deal.


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Miyazaki won an Academy Award for Spirited Away in 2003 for best animated feature, the inaugural year for that category. But this time, it's his entire career that is going to be celebrated. The man known for My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, Howl's Moving Castle, and others is now officially retired. But he announced that he will make it to Los Angeles for the ceremony.

"It feels odd to be acknowledged for my work, because I'm retired," said Miyazaki. "But I'm honored."