Umimachi Diary, Boy & the Beast, Bakuman Win Japan Academy Prizes
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Our Little Sister, Hirokazu Kore-eda's film based on Akimi Yoshida's Umimachi Diary manga, won Best Picture of the Year and four more awards at the 37th Annual Japan Academy Prizes on Friday. It was nominated for 12 awards, the most of any work. Its other awards were for Director of the Year (Hirokazu Kore-eda), Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography (Mikiya Takimoto), Outstanding Achievement in Lighting Direction (Norikiya Fujii), and Newcomer of the Year (Suzu Hirose).
The Boy and the Beast, the latest film from director Mamoru Hosoda (The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Summer Wars, Wolf Children), won the Animation category. It was competing against The Anthem of the Heart, Miss Hokusai, Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F', and Love Live! The School Idol Movie.
The live-action film based on the Bakuman manga won two of its six nominated categories: Outstanding Achievement in Music (Sakanaction) and Outstanding Achievement in Film Editing (Yasuyuki Ōzeki). It also received the Popularity Award in the works category, while Momoiro Clover Z won the same award in the acting category for the Maku ga Agaru film.
In addition to Hirose, Tao Tsuchiya (live-action Orange film), Yōjiro Noda (live-action Toilet no Pieta/Pieta in the Toilet film), Kento Yamazaki (live-action Orange, live-action Heroine Shikkaku/No Longer Heroine films), and Ryōsuke Yamada (live-action Assassination Classroom film) also received Newcomer of the Year awards.
American Sniper won the top award in the foreign film category. The other nominees included Kingsman: The Secret Service, Whiplash, Mad Max: Fury Road, and Spectre.