Ponyo, Sky Crawlers Win at 63rd Mainichi Film Awards
posted on by Egan Loo
The 63rd annual Mainichi Film Awards were announced on Wednesday, and Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea (pictured at right) and The Sky Crawlers (below) were among the winners. Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli's Ponyo received the Noburou Oofuji Award in honor of Miyazaki's creative expression, while Mamoru Oshii and Production I.G's Sky Crawlers won the Animation Film Award. Hiroshi Abe earned the award for best actor in the same year he finished portraying the main character Kenshiro in the Shin Kyūseishu Densetsu Hokuto no Ken projects, although he is better known for Aruitemo Aruitemo and other live-action films. 20th Century Boys and Seppun's Eiko Koike earned the award for best actress. The live-action Someday's Dreamers and Suicide Club films' Kimiko Yo won the Kinuyo Tanaka Award.
Yukikaze and Honey and Clover's Masato Sakai won the award for best supporting actor in a year when he appeared in Afterschool and several other films. The award for best supporting actress went to Keiko Matsuzaka for her role in the live-action Grave of the Fireflies film. The Sponichi newspaper gave Haruma Miura (Gokusen, Akihabara @ DEEP, Bloody Monday) and Riisa Naka (The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Kami no Shizuku) the newcomer awards for Naoko and Jun Kissai Sobe, respectively. The Yami no Kodomo-tachi soundtrack earned Taro Iwashiro (live-action SHINOBI, Samurai X: The Motion Picture, The Prince of Tennis films) the award for best music. The late Kon Ichikawa (The Phoenix: Chapter of Dawn, Galaxy Express 999) won one of this year's Special Awards.
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