The Miyazaki Hayao anime feature "Gake no Ue no Ponyo" (Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea) has been shortlisted for an Academy Award nomination. Along with the Hollywood CG adaptation of Tezuka Osamu's "Tetsuwan Atomu" (Astro Boy), it is among the record 20 feature-length animations announced by judges yesterday. The number will be whittled down, probably to five nominees, in February and the winners will be announced at the 82nd Academy Awards on March 7. The competition is strong this year and includes Disney's "Up," due for release in Japan in December as "Kaaru Jii-san no Sora Tobu Ie" (Grandpa Karl's Flying House), and "A Christmas Carol." But Miyazaki's anime has been a widespread critical success, and he won Japan's first ever animation Oscar with "Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi" (Spirited Away) in 2003.
I haven't seen Up yet, but I love Ponyo. ♥ I'm really excited to see Astro Boy too.