The Boy and the Heron Golden Globe Award
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The Boy and the Heron Wins Best Animated Picture at the Golden Globe Awards

The Boy and the Heron has won Best Animated Motion Picture at the 2024 Golden Globe Awards. The ceremony was held on January 7, 2024, where Studio Ghibli’s latest movie won alongside the likes of Barbie and Oppenheimer.

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While The Boy and the Heron won the Animated Picture award, no one from Studio Ghibli was available to accept it in person. Instead, award presenter Florence Pugh accepted the award on behalf of the producers. Pugh appears in the English dub of the movie as Kiriko.

The Boy and the Heron was one of six nominees for the Best Animated Motion Picture Golden Globe. The other nominees included Elemental, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, The Super Mario Bros Movie, Suzume and Wish. It is the first non-American winner of the award since its debut in 2006. It’s the first time Studio Ghibli have received a nomination for the category. Along with Suzume, it’s only the second time in the award’s history that has seen a Japanese movie nominated, after Mirai’s 2018 nomination.

In addition to the Best Animated Picture award, Joe Hisaishi’s score for The Boy and the Heron was nominated for Best Original Score. However, it lost out to Oppenheimer, which also won awards in four other categories.

The Boy and the Heron has already been a huge success around the world. It gave Ghibli its largest opening weekend in Japan and is currently grossing 8.7 billion yen overall in its home country. Globally, it has made $138 million. In addition to its Golden Globe win, the movie has also won multiple local critics’ association awards across the US, and is nominated for a Critics’ Choice Award for Best Animated Feature.

The Boy and the Heron is out now in theaters.

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Leigh is a staff writer and content creator from the UK. He has been playing games since falling in love with Tomb Raider on the PS1, and now plays a bit of everything, from AAA blockbusters to indie weirdness. He has also written for Game Rant and Geeky Brummie. He can also be found making YouTube video essays as Bob the Pet Ferret, discussing such topics as why Final Fantasy X-2’s story is better than people like to think.