35th Japan Academy Prize Nominees Listed Early
posted on by Egan Loo
A "test" page on the Japan Academy Prizes' official website lists the animation category nominees in the 35th annual awards — even though the nominees have not been formally announced yet:
From Up on Poppy Hill
Buddha: The Great Departure (Tezuka Osamu no Buddha -Akai Sabaku yo! Utsukushiku-)
Detective Conan: Quarter of Silence
According to the test page, the live-action film adaptation of Mitsurou Kubo's Moteki manga garnered four nominations: Masami Nagasawa for Best Actress, Kumiko Asou for Best Supporting Actress, Taiseki Iwasaki for Music, and Yūsuke Ishida for Editing. The test page also lists two nominations for Gaku (Osamu Fujiishi for Photography and Takayuki Kawabe for Lighting), one nomination for Ashita no Joe (Yusuke Iseya for Best Supporting Actor), and a Chairperson's Special Prize for the late actor Yoshio Harada (Azumi).
The Nippon Academy-Sho Association, a Japanese group roughly comparable to America's Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences of Oscars fame, presents the Japan Academy Prizes every year. The nominees all receive "Awards of Excellence," but the actual top award in each category will be presented in a ceremony on March 2.
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.
[Via My Game News Flash]
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