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Goro Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli's From Up On Poppy Hill (Kokuriko-Zaka Kara) film won the animation category in the 35th Annual Japan Academy Prizes on Friday. The film was competing against K-ON!, Buddha: The Great Departure (Tezuka Osamu no Buddha - Akai Sabaku yo! Utsukushiku-), Tōfu Kozō, and Detective Conan: Quarter of Silence. The Best Picture of the Year honor went to the live-action film Yōkame no Semi.
The live-action film adaptation of Mitsurou Kubo's Moteki manga garnered four nominations, but did not win any awards in those categories. However, it did receive a special Wadai Shō award, along with AKB48 idol group member Atsuko Maeda for her lead role in the film adaptation of Natsumi Iwasaki's Moshi Kōkō Yakyū no Joshi Manager ga Drucker no "Management" o Yondara (Moshidora) baseball novel.
The manga-based live-action Gaku and Ashita no Joe films received two nominations and one nomination, respectively, but no awards. The late actor Yoshio Harada (Azumi) was honored with a Chairperson's Special Prize.
The Animation of the Year category was only created five years ago. Last year, Hiromasa Yonebayashi and Studio Ghibli's Karigurashi no Arrietty film won the Animation of the Year award. The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Tekkonkinkreet, Ponyo, and Summer Wars were the previous winners. Before that, Studio Ghibli won the overall Picture of the Year Award for Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away.
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