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Miyazaki To Receive Honorary Award From The Academy.

Animation fans- and just fans of film in general- have for many years revered the great Hayao Miyazaki. The news that The Wind Rises was to be his final feature, was, therefore, a great blow to his many fans and admirers the world over. But perhaps nowhere is this more true than among his peers, as Miyazaki is looked-up-to as something of a god by his fellow animators and film-makers. It's only fitting then, that it's been announced that the retired master is to receive a lifetime achievement award from the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

As well as the more widely known Academy Awards (Oscars), the organisation also hands out awards voted for by their Board of Governors. These Governors awards differ from the main ceremony: they are used to  "to honour extraordinary distinction in lifetime achievement, exceptional contributions to the state of motion picture arts and sciences, or for outstanding service to the Academy."

Miyazaki has previously been nominated at the main ceremony on three occasions since the inception of the Best Animated Feature category. The first year he was nominated- for Spirited Away in 2003- he won, but has had to settle for nominations since. Most recently, The Wind Rises lost out to Disney's unstoppable Frozen.

The 6th Annual Academy's Governors Awards will be handed out on November 8th, 2014.