Miyazaki shuns Oscars for the studio
To Japanese animation master Hayao Miyazaki (left), concentrating on his new film seemed to be more worthwhile than collecting the Best Animated Feature Oscar he won with Spirited Away. Rather than flying to Los Angeles, the 62-year-old Miyazaki, who has repeatedly announced his retirement, has opted to stay in the studio working on his new title Howl's Moving Castle, an adaption of Diana Wynne Jones' book of the same name. Details of the project can be found on http://www.nausicaa.net/miyazaki/howl/. The film is scheduled for release in the summer of 2004.