Anime is making its return at the Academy Awards this year with the nomination of director Mamoru Hosoda’s film “Mirai” for the “Best Animated Feature Oscar.”
Hosoda, the visionary filmmaker behind “The Girl Who Leapt Through Time,” “Wolf Children,” and “The Boy and the Beast,” among others, has achieved something remarkable; Mirai is the first ever non-Studio Ghibli anime to be nominated.
James Wan is nothing less than a trailblazer. His works, though often accessible big-budget films like “Insidious” and “Furious 7,” all stand out as decidedly new ventures. Take “Saw,” a series he started in 2003 that has since expanded into one of the most successful horror franchises of all time, eclipsing over $1 billion in box office earnings. At its inception, “Saw” was just an indie short film that grew into more thanks to Wan’s tenacity.
“At the end of the day,” he tells me, “I do know I inspired filmmakers in the horror genre to get out there and take the bull by the horns, so to speak.”