Japan's Hayao Miyazaki wins award for The Boy and the Heron

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The Boy and the Heron won the award for Best Animated Feature Film, defeating 

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Disney's Elemental and Spider-Man Across the Spider-Verse.

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The 83-year-old also won a Golden Globe for the same film last January.

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Set during World War II, the semi-autobiographical film is about a boy who mysteriously meets a talking heron after losing his mother.

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Mr. Miyazaki's family, like Mahito's, was displaced by the war.

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His mother also had a strong influence on his work, as seen in the strong female characters in his films.

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The co-founder of Japanese animation house Studio Ghibli won his first Oscar in 2003 for Spirited Away, about 

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a girl who tries to save her parents who have been turned into pigs — leading him to win the title.

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