[Image: Official Site]
[Image: Official Site]

Tell me you didn’t see this coming?

Your Name is a wonderful motion picture, and one of the best anime films I’ve ever seen. It’s also the highest grossing anime ever, which doesn’t validate it as a great film but, at least, will be solace to the folks who made it.


According to Variety (via ANN), Your Name got a one-week theatrical run in Los Angeles last December to qualify for this year’s Oscars. This week, however, the Academy Awards revealed which films it will be nominating for best animated feature. They are: Kubo and the Two Strings, Moana, My Life as a Zucchini, The Red Turtle, and Zootopia.

These are good movies, sure, but Your Name is a glaring omission. But that’s the Oscars for ya! Alfred Hitchcock never won an Oscar for best director, Kevin Costner beat out Martin Scorsese for his Run of the Arrow knock off, and Driving Miss Daisy got more Academy votes than Do the Right Thing.

So with a track record that spotty, maybe it’s best that Your Name didn’t get nominated.

Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored five books, including most recently, Japanese Whisky: The Ultimate Guide to the World's Most Desirable Spirit.

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