The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood’s Annie Awards are considered as one of the world’s most prestigious awards in animation, and they are recognising the achievements of one legendary Japanese animator this year, as Patlabor director, Mamoru Oshii, is getting awarded with the Winsor McCay Award for lifetime achievement.
The director is most certainly deserving of his recognition, as the award is “given to individuals in recognition of lifetime or career contributions to the art of animation in producing, directing, animating, design, writing, voice acting, sound and sound effects, technical work, music, professional teaching, and for other endeavors which exhibit outstanding contributions to excellence in animation.”
Aside from Patlabor, Oshii has worked on other anime projects, such as Urusei Yatsura 2 and Angel’s Egg. He will be joining an esteemed list of Japanese animation greats who have also won the award, and they include Kihachiro Kawamoto (1988), Osamu Tezuka (1989-1990), Hayao Miyazaki (1998), Katsuhiro Otomo (2014), and Isao Takahata (2016).
Oshii will be receiving his award during the awarding ceremony, which will be held on 4 February 2017.
Source: Annie Awards official