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"The Tale of Princess Kaguya" (Best Animated Feature)
Without Hayao Miyazaki’s name attached to its credits, Studio Ghibli’s latest failed to cause a stir when it came and went from theaters earlier this Fall. Lush, hand-crafted, and dramatically tragic, the movie stands apart from America’s homegrown CGfests, which winds up working against it. Art is a harder sell than cartoon entertainment. And yet there were milestones just waiting to be sensationalized in a campaign: "The Tale of Princess Kaguya" marks Ghibli cofounder Isao Takahata’s return to filmmaking after a 14-year lull. The end result feels as personal and meticulously composed as Miyazaki’s swan song "The Wind Rises." If Takahata’s "reitrement" had entered the picture — all too possible now that Ghibli’s doors are currently closed — perhaps voters would give "Kaguya" the time it deserves.
- Matt Patches