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Watch Hayao Miyazaki at the 2014 Governors Awards

Honorary Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences is presented by Pixar’s John Lasseter.

This past weekend, anime legend Hayao Miyazaki was the recipient of an Honorary Award at the 2014 Governors Awards. The event was held on Saturday, November 8, in the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland in Hollywood, CA.

The Honorary Award, an Oscar statuette, is given to honor extraordinary distinction in lifetime achievement, exceptional contributions to the state of motion picture arts and sciences, or for outstanding service to the Academy.

The Honorary Award was presented to Miyazaki by Pixar head John Lasseter, who has long been a champion of the director and his work. You can watch Miyazaki’s acceptance speech, below:

Miyazaki is an artist, writer, director, producer and three-time Oscar nominee in the Animated Feature Film category, winning in 2002 for Spirited Away. His other nominations were for Howl’s Moving Castle in 2005 and The Wind Rises last year. Miyazaki gained an enormous following in his native Japan for such features as Nausicaä of the Valley of the WindLaputa: Castle in the SkyMy Neighbor Totoro and Kiki’s Delivery Service before breaking out internationally in the late 1990s with Princess Mononoke. He is the co-founder of Studio Ghibli, a renowned animation studio based in Tokyo.

Source: Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences

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Formerly Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network, Jennifer Wolfe has worked in the Media & Entertainment industry as a writer and PR professional since 2003.