Photo/Illutration “In This Corner of the World” ((c) Fumiyo Kouno/Futabasha/Konosekai no katasumini Project)

“In This Corner of the World” and “Napping Princess” have been nominated in the Best Animated Feature-Independent category at the 45th Annie Awards, it has been announced.

Also, “Mary and the Witch's Flower” is in the running for the Outstanding Achievement for Production Design in an Animated Feature Production and Outstanding Achievement for Writing in an Animated Feature Production categories.

Established in 1972, the Annie Awards are given by the Los Angeles branch of the International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood, to recognize excellence in animated works released in the United States in the past year. They are often referred to as the Academy Awards for animation.

In 2003, Hayao Miyazaki’s “Spirited Away” won in the Best Animated Feature category.

In 2017, Disney’s “Zootopia” won the Annie Award for Best Animated Feature, while Studio Ghibli Inc.’s co-produced “The Red Turtle” won in the Annie Award for Best Animated Feature-Independent category, for which “Your Name.” and “Miss Hokusai” also vied.

Sunao Katabuchi’s “In This Corner of the World” and Kenji Kamiyama’s “Napping Princess” were nominated for the independent category after they were theatrically released on less than 1,000 screens in the United States.

Based on Fumiyo Kono’s manga, the former portrays Suzu, a woman who lives her day-to-day life diligently during World War II in the city of Kure, Hiroshima Prefecture. The movie was named the best Japanese movie of 2016 in film magazine Kinema Junpo’s annual top 10 list, while it also received a Jury Award in the Feature Film category at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival held in France in 2017.

Set in 2020, “Napping Princess,” aka “Ancien and the Magic Tablet,” is a road movie centering around senior high school girl Kokone Morikawa, who learns her family’s secret while she goes back and forth between dreams and reality. It is the latest project of director Kamiyama, who is best known for the “Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex” TV series.

Hiromasa Yonebayashi’s “Mary and the Witch's Flower” marks the first project for Studio Ponoc Inc., which was founded after the director left Ghibli.

The awards ceremony will be held on Feb. 3 in Los Angeles.

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