Japanese animation master Hayao Miyazaki will accept an honorary Oscar on Saturday at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Governors Awards. Miyazaki, 73, who won a competitive Oscar for his 2002 animated fantasy "Spirited Away," announced his retirement from directing last year.
In an interview through a translator, Miyazaki discussed the future of his Tokyo-based animation company, Studio Ghibli, his latest creative project and the precarious future of hand-drawn animation.
Congratulations on receiving an honorary Oscar. What do awards mean to you at this point in your career?
I would never want to be on a jury to choose...