5th Animation Division Grand Prize
Animated feature film
MIYAZAKI Hayao [Japan]
Reason for Award
Hayao Miyazaki and the members of Studio Ghibli have created yet another tour de force worthy of the confidence and expectations the public has for them. While “Spirited Away” carries a serious message, its stunning visuals and narrative line make for sublime entertainment. This film has wiped the slate clean of every previous box-office record in Japan and become a benchmark for animated films to come.