The New York Film Critics Circle has selected Hayao Miyazaki’s The Wind Rises as the Best Animated Movie of the Year. The Circle is well known for being one of the earliest groups to announce its critical awards of the year. The acclaimed pic looks the life and career of Jiro Horikoshi, the famous designer of Japanese fighter planes during World War II. Disney will release a dubbed version of the movie in theaters nationwide on February 21st.
In other year-end kudos news, the Producers Guild of America announced its 2013 TV award nominees today. The Children’s Programming race includes Nickelodeon’s Dora the Explorer, iCarly and SpongeBob SquarePants, Disney Channel’s Phineas and Ferb and PBS/Sprout’s Sesame Street. PGA’s feature nominations will be announced on Jan. 2, and the awards will be handed out Jan. 19 at the Beverly Hilton.