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    Toho Celebrates GODZILLA MINUS ONE Academy Award Nomination For Best Visual Effects

     GODZILLA MINUS ONE has been nominated for a 2024 Academy Award for Best Visual Effects. Photo courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd. ©TOHO CO., LTD.

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    Toho has commented on GODZILLA MINUS ONE (ゴジラ-1.0, ゴジラマイナスワン, Gojira Mainasu Wan) today receiving a nomination for best visual effects for the 2024 Academy Awards...

    GODZILLA MINUS ONE is nominated for an Academy Award for BEST VISUAL EFFECTS. The film has made history as the first Japanese Language film to earn a nomination in the VFX category and the first Oscar Nomination for the GODZILLA Franchise!
    We're thrilled with our Academy Award nomination for GODZILLA MINUS ONE in the category of best visual effects. So far the film has made numerous best of lists, and boasts the largest box office ever for a Japanese film in the US. The film remains on screens all across the country and GODZILLA MINUS ONE/MINUS COLOR can be seen in theaters starting Friday, January 26th for one week only.
    In addition to being the writer and director of the film, Takasho Yamazaki also served as VFX supervisor.

    QUOTES from TAKASHI YAMAZAKI (Lead VFX, Writer, Director of GODZILLA MINUS ONE) On the VFX Nomination


    GODZILLA MINUS ONE director, writer, VFX supervisor Takashi Yamazaki. Photo courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd.

    “For nearly 40 years I have been making films while admiring the artistry of Hollywood Visual Effects, and I feel that I have finally come this far.  I had not set my sights on being nominated, but I am very happy to have been brought to this place.”

    “The artists and I have been working on GODZILLA MINUS ONE while saying, “We’re going to make this for the world!”, and I’m very happy to hear that our words have been proven true!” 


    Where were you when you got “the call”?

    “We were all at Shirogumi’s studio in Chofu, Tokyo, and watching the announcement live.”


    What does this mean to you and the fans?

    “We would like to give our heartfelt thanks to the many people who have supported the film and helped us get this nomination. I hope everyone is excited by this announcement!”


    What does this mean for Godzilla globally and in Japan?

    “I feel that the times have changed in that the character Godzilla is able to be nominated for an Academy Award. I think it is a wonderful day for Godzilla!”


    What are you most excited about attending the ceremony

    “For us Japanese, the Academy Awards is really a "very far away place," a place we have seen on TV and admired from afar. Being able to step into such a place with Hollywood is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and we can’t wait!”

     Stages of the Godzilla ocean pursuit scene. Photo courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd. ©TOHO CO., LTD.

    See below for additional details about the film:



    • GODZILLA MINUS ONE has currently made almost $52M at US box office making it the highest grossing Japanese Live Action or Japanese Animated film ever released in the United States.
    • The film is currently the #5 Highest Grossing Non-English Language film in US box office history.

    • GODZILLA MINUS ONE/MINUS COLOR will be released in the US on Friday, January 26th for 1 week only.



    • GODZILLA MINUS ONE has just been nominated for an Academy Award for BEST VISUAL EFFECTS.    The film will be the first Japanese language film to earn a nomination in the VFX category. 

    • GODZILLA MINUS ONE is also nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Sound in a Foreign Film by the Motion Picture Sound Editors Guild. (MPSE) 


    • GODZILLA MINUS ONE is nominated for Outstanding Animated Character in a Photo Real Movie by the Visual Effects Society. (VES) 


    • GODZILLA MINUS ONE has earned the following accolades from Critics Groups across the country:


    BEST VFX - Chicago Film Critics, Florida Film Critics Circle, San Diego Film Critics Society, North Caroline Film Critics, Seattle Film Critics Association, Utah Film Critics Association


    BEST INTERNATIONAL/FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM - Austin Film Critics Association, Seattle Film Critics Association, Georgia Film Critics, Las Vegas Film Critics Association


    BEST HORROR/SCI-FI FILM - Las Vegas Film Critics Society


    BEST VILLIAN - Godzilla - Seattle Film Critics Association 


    • The film was also nominated for Best International Film by the Critics Choice Awards

    • GODZILLA MINUS ONE currently has a 98% Critics Score on ROTTEN TOMATOES and a 98% Audience Score 

    About Toho Co. Ltd.

    Toho Company provides high-quality entertainment to a wide range of customers through its film production, distribution, and exhibition business, which is solidly supported by its real estate business including the Shinjuku Toho Building and Hibiya Chante, animation production, DVD software production and sales, and TOHO Cinemas' efforts to expand its network of multiplex cinemas. Among these, "Godzilla," which has been around since 1954, is Toho's flagship IP that has many fans around the world and has been loved for many years.

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