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In This Corner of the World, 'your name.' Win Japan Academy Prizes

posted on by Jennifer Sherman
Hideaki Anno, Shinji Higuchi's Shin Godzilla film also wins 7 awards

Sunao Katabuchi's In This Corner of the World anime film won Animation of the Year at the 40th annual Japan Academy Prizes on Friday. The film was competing against your name., A Silent Voice, Rudolph to Ippaiattena, and One Piece Film Gold.

Makoto Shinkai's your name. film won Screenplay of the Year, Outstanding Achievement in Music for RADWIMPS' score, and the All Night Nippon Wadai-Shō prize. For the Wadai-Shō audience award, listeners of the All Night Nippon radio program voted for their favorite film and actor. In This Corner of the World and Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi's Shin Godzilla film were nominated in the music category.

Anno and Higuchi's live-action Shin Godzilla film won Picture of the Year, and the Anno and Higuchi won Director of the Year. Shinkai was nominated in the director category.

Shin Godzilla also won Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography (Kōsuke Yamada), Outstanding Achievement in Lighting Direction (Takayuki Kawabe), Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction (Yūji Hayashida, Eri Sakushima), Outstanding Achievement in Sound Recording (Jun Nakamura, Haru Yamada), and Outstanding Achievement in Film Editing (Hideaki Anno, Atsuki Sato). Additionally, the film was nominated for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (Hiroki Hasegawa) and Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role (Satomi Ishihara and Mikako Ichikawa).

Suzu Hirose was nominated for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role for her performance in Chihayafuru: Kami no Ku. Mackenyu received a nomination for Newcomer of the Year for his performance in both Chihayafuru: Kami no Ku and Chihayafuru: Shimo no Ku.

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 was presented in a ceremony on March 3 at the Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa in Tokyo.

Movies were eligible if they opened in Japan between December 16, 2015, and December 15, 2016.

The Animation of the Year category was only created 10 years ago. Last year, The Boy and The Beast won the award. The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Tekkonkinkreet, Ponyo, Summer Wars, The Secret World of Arrietty, From Up On Poppy Hill, Wolf Children, The Wind Rises, and Stand By Me Doraemon were the previous winners. Before that, Studio Ghibli won the overall Picture of the Year Award for Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away.

Thanks to Savi for the news tip

Source: Comic Natalie

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