Hayao Miyazaki won the 2002 Best Animated Film Oscar for "Spirited Away"; but Miyazaki himself wasn't at the award ceremony. Well, if Miyazaki won't go to the Oscars, the Oscars will go to him. Sort of.
On July 28, 2009, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences' Samuel Goldwyn Theater will host a rare visit by Miyazaki to Southern California -- Beverly Hills, to be exact.
Tickets go on sale June 25. They're just $5 each, so I expect they'll evaporate like the proverbial expectorant on July asphalt.