Funimation Films confirmed on Monday that Makoto Shinkai’s your name. (Kimi no Na wa.) anime film is on the official consideration list for the Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature at the 89th annual Academy Awards. The submission deadline to be considered for the award was November 1.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will select five films from the list as nominations for the award. The full list of submissions has not yet been announced.
The film’s Oscar-qualifying theatrical run will take place from December 2-8 at Los Angeles’ Laemmle Music Hall. Films can be submitted before their week-long qualifying run in a Los Angeles County theater as long as their qualifying run is eventually confirmed.
Funimation is planning a broader theatrical release for the first quarter of 2017.
As of Monday, 77 days after the film opened in Japan, your name. has earned 17.97 billion yen (about US$172 million).
The film has now surpassed the eighth highest-grossing film (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets at 17.3 billion yen) and the seventh highest-grossing film (Bayside Shakedown 2 at 17.35 billion yen) to become the seventh highest-grossing film of all time in Japan. The film is also the fourth highest-grossing Japanese film in Japan, and the fourth highest-grossing anime film in Japan.
The three highest-grossing Japanese films in Japan include Spirited Away (30.8 billion yen), Howl’s Moving Castle (19.6 billion yen) and Princess Mononoke (19.3 billion yen). your name. is projected to possibly approach 20 billion yen (US$200 million).
The film’s “story of miracles and love” revolves around Mitsuha and Taki. Mitsuha is a female high school student who lives in a rural town nestled deep in the mountains. Her father is the mayor and isn’t at home much, and she lives with her elementary school-aged little sister and her grandmother. Mitsuha has an honest personality, but she doesn’t like the customs of her family’s Shinto shrine, nor does she like her father participating in an election campaign. She laments that she lives in a confined rural town, and yearns for the wonderful lifestyle of living in Tokyo.
Taki is a male high school student who lives in central Tokyo. He spends time with his friends, works part-time at an Italian restaurant, and is interested in architecture and fine arts. One day, Mitsuha has a dream where she is a young man. Taki also has a dream where he is a female high school student in a town in the mountains that he has never been to. What is the secret to their dreams of personal experience?