Director/Writer Mamoru Oshii is a Japanese filmmaker, television director and writer. Oshii is widely credited--alongside fellow artists Katsuhiro Otomo and Hayao Miyazaki--for cementing anime’s status as a global cultural phenomenon. Oshii’s 1995 film “Ghost in the Shell”--a seminal work, wrought from equal parts philosophy and war machinery--firmly inscribed Oshii’s name into the dual canons of both contemporary animation and science fiction at large, though he produced his first film in 1977. Oshii’s greater body of work addresses the intersection of humanity and technology with enormous incisiveness, relatability and depth.Oshii’s most recent work is live-action and has attracted considerable praise from international directors, such as James Cameron and the Wachowski brothers. Some of these works include “Avalon,” “The Sky Crawlers,” “Garm Wars” and “The Next Generation Patlabor.”
The Winsor McCay Award, named for the most influential of character animation pioneers, was the first Annie Award established by Asifa-Hollywood and is awarded to a maximum of three individuals annually in recognition of lifetime or career contributions in direction, animation, design, writing, voice acting, sound and sound effects, technical expertise, music, education, or for other endeavors which exhibit an outstanding devotion to and promotion of excellence in the art of animation.