Never saw this movie until I took an animation class. Would have NEVER watched it otherwise, but SO glad I did. - Spirited Away by Hayao Miyazaki, 2001 was the first Japanese anime film to win an Academy Award.
Top Ten Japanese Animation Movies of All Time: Spirited Away, written and directed by the great Hayao Miyazaki, was the first anime to win an Academy Award. It was released by Studio Ghibli, Inc., which was co-founded by Miyazaki and Isao Takahata.