The Boy and the Heron Wins Best Motion Picture – Animated at The Golden Globes

    A monumental moment.

    Tonight at The Golden Globes, Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli have made history with The Boy and the Heron winning Best Motion Picture – Animated! This is the first time in the history of The Golden Globes that a Japanese animated film has won this award in its 18-year history. Additionally, this is the first Golden Globe win for GKIDS, who distributed the movie.

    It beat out other incredible movies like The Super Mario Bros. Movie from Illumination, Sony’s Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, and Makoto Shinkai’s Suzume. This is an incredible honor that gives Miyazaki his first-ever Golden Globe award. His previous film, The Wind Rises was nominated for the Foreign Language film, but it did not win the award.

    The Boy and the Heron Makes History Winning Best Animated Motion Picture 

    The English cast of The Boy and the Heron includes an all-star cast of high-profile actors. Take a look at some of the English actors below:

    • Christian Bale (Batman BeginsThe PrestigeFord v Ferrari) as Shoichi Maki
    • Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy, Blade Runner 2049, Glass Onion) as The Parakeet King
    • Gemma Chan (EternalsCrazy Rich Asians) as Natsuko
    • Willem Dafoe (The Lighthouse, Spider-Man, Aquaman, John Wick) as Noble Pelican
    • Karen Fukuhara (The BoysSuicide Squad, Bullet Train) as Lady Himi
    • Mark Hamill (The Fall of the House of Usher, Star Wars, Batman: The Animated Series) as Granduncle
    • Robert Pattinson (The Batman, The Lighthouse, Twilight) as The Gray Heron
    • Florence Pugh (Oppenheimer, Midsommar, Black Widow) as Kiriko

    Here’s an overview of the upcoming film, courtesy of GKIDS Films:

    A young boy named Mahito
    yearning for his mother
    ventures into a world shared by the living and the dead.
    There, death comes to an end,
    and life finds a new beginning.
    A semi-autobiographical fantasy about life, death, and creation, in tribute to friendship, from the mind of Hayao Miyazaki.


    The Boy and the Heron is still playing in some theaters nationwide. It initially premiered in the USA on December 8, 2023. We’ll be sure to update you when we get information on a Blu-ray release from GKIDS.

    Noah Hunter
    Noah Hunter
    Noah is Final Weapon’s Editor-in-Chief. He co-founded the website in June 2019 and has been writing for it ever since. In total, he has over five years of writing experience across many publications, including IGN Entertainment. His favorite series include Xeno and Final Fantasy.

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