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Summer Wars Wins Japan Academy's Animation of the Year

posted on by Egan Loo
Shizumanu Taiyō, Gran Torino, Ken Watanabe, Takako Matsu also win

Mamoru Hosoda and Madhouse's Summer Wars film has won the Animation of the Year award at the 33rd Japan Academy Prizes in Tokyo on Friday. Hosoda posted an image of the award on his Twitter account.

Summer Wars won the award over Hideaki Anno and Khara's Evangelion 2.0: You Can (Not) Advance (Evangelion Shin Gekijōban: Ha), Kôzô Kusuba and Shinei Animation's Doraemon: Shin Nobita no Uchū Kaitakushi, Shinsuke Satō and Production I.G's Oblivion Island: Haruka and the Magic Mirror, and Yasuichiro Yamamoto and TMS Entertainment's Detective Conan: The Raven Chaser. The category was created just three years ago; Hosoda's The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Tekkonkinkreet, and Ponyo were the previous winners. Before that, Studio Ghibli won the overall Picture of the Year award for Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away.

Ken Watanabe (Ikebukuro West Gate Park) and Takako Matsu (Brave Story) won the Best Actor and Actress awards for Shizumanu Taiyō and Villon's Wife, respectively. Teruyuki Kagawa (20th Century Boys) and Kimiko Yo (Mahō Tsukai ni Taisetsu na Koto) won the Best Supporting Actor and Actress awards for Tsurugidake Tennoki and Dear Doctor. The Best Picture of the Year and Best Foreign Picture of the Year awards went to Shizumanu Taiyō and Gran Torino.

The Nippon Academy-Sho Association, a Japanese group roughly comparable to America's Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences of Oscars fame, presents these awards every year.

Source: Saishin Anime Jōhō

Image © Summer Wars Film Partners

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