|1 Nomination / 1 Win|
|Starring||Rumi Hiiragi, Miyu Irino, Mari Natsuki|
|75th Academy Awards|
Spirited Away is a 2002 Japanese animated fantasy film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki and produced by Studio Ghibli.
Distributed by Walt Disney Pictures in North America and Toho in Japan. It became the first, and so far only, hand drawn animated movie to get this recognition as well as the first non-american animated movie to win Best Animated Feature.
Chihiro and her parents are moving to a small Japanese town in the countryside and Chihiro is missing her old house. Chihiro's father makes a wrong turn and drives through a lonely land road with dead end in a tunnel. Her parents decide to stop the car and explore the area. They cross the tunnel and find an abandoned cultural theme park on the other side with a ghost town. When her parents sees a restaurant with smelling food but no staff, they decide to eat to pay later; however Chihiro refuses to eat and decides to visit the place. She meets the boy Haku that tells her that her parents and she are in danger and they must leave the place. She runs to the restaurant and finds that her parents have turned into pigs. Further, the place is a bathhouse of spirits, monsters, gods and ghosts owned by the witch Yubaba. Now Chihiro counts on Haku to save her parents and return to their world.
- Second non-Disney movie to win Best Animated Feature, after Shrek.
- Thanks to the critical acclaim of this movie and it's award recognition, it opened the doors for Studio Ghibli for worldwide releases
- First Studio Ghibli movie to be nominated for Best Animated Feature and the only one to win at the moment. Later on, the studio would be nominated again for Howl's Moving Castle, The Wind Rises, The tale of Princess Kaguya and When Marnie Was There.
- Although released in July 20 2001 in Japan, it didn't get a nomination for the Oscars 2002 since it didn't get a theatrical release in USA until September 20 2002.