The nominees for the 51st Annie Awards, which aims to put animation in the spotlight, have been announced, and Makoto Shinkai’s triumphant Suzume sweeped through with seven nominations across a variety of categories, including Best Feature and Best Music. Shinkai’s latest came in second for most nominations. Nick Bruno and Troy Quane’s Nimona, which adapts the best-selling graphic novel by ND Stevenson, received nine nominations.
In addition to that, the film tied with two other heavy hitters. Hayao Miyazaki’s The Boy and the Heron and Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse received 7 nominations each.
Let’s take a look at all of Suzume’s nominations:
- Best Feature
- Best FX – Feature | Yoshitaka Takeuchi, Hiroyuki Seshita
- Best Character Animation – Feature | Kenichi Tsuchiya
- Best Music – Feature | Kazuma Jinnouchi, Radwimps
- Best Storyboarding – Feature | Makoto Shinkai
- Best Voice Acting – Feature | Hokuto Matsumura (Character: Souta Munakata)
- Best Writing – Feature | Makoto Shinkai
Suzume’s journey begins in a quiet town in Kyushu (located in southwestern Japan) when she encounters a young man who tells her, “I’m looking for a door.” What Suzume finds is a single weathered door standing upright in the midst of ruins as though it was shielded from whatever catastrophe struck. Seemingly drawn by its power, Suzume reaches for the knob… Doors begin to open one after another all across Japan, unleashing destruction upon any who are near. Suzume must close these portals to prevent further disaster.
Check out the full trailer below:
Don’t forget, Suzume will coming to DVD and Blu-ray in the UK on April 1st, 2024. The Golden-Globe nominated spectacle will also have a steelbook and collector’s edition available, so get your preorders in before they go.
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