Okko's Inn, Liz and the Blue Bird Win at 73rd Mainichi Film Award
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
The Mainichi Shimbun newspaper announced the winners for the 73rd Annual Mainichi Film Awards on Wednesday. Kitaro Kousaka, DLE, and Madhouse's Okko's Inn film won this year's Best Animation Film award. Naoko Yamada and Kyoto Animation's Liz and the Blue Bird won the Noburou Oofuji Award, which honors animated works that offer new forms of creative expression.
This year's awards ceremony will be held on February 14 at the Culttz Kawasaki in Kawasaki, Kanagawa.
The Mainichi Shimbun launched the Noburou Oofuji Award in 1962, and it is Japan's oldest ongoing animation award. The newspaper then launched the Animation Film Award in 1989.
Previous winners of the Animation Film Award include:
- 2018 - Complex x Complex
- 2017 - your name.
- 2016 - Miss Hokusai
- 2015 - Giovanni's Island
- 2014 - The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
- 2013 - Wolf Children
- 2012 - Hotarubi no Mori e
- 2011 - Colorful
- 2010 - Summer Wars
- 2009 - Sky Crawlers
Previous winners of the Noburou Oofuji Award include:
- 2018 - Masaaki Yuasa's Lu over the wall
- 2017 - Sunao Katabuchi's In This Corner of the World
- 2016 - Ryo Orikasa's "Suijun Genten" clay-animated short
- 2015 - Onohana's "Yodomi no Sawagi" ("Crazy Little Thing") anime short
- 2014 - Akira Oda's "Umi ni Ochita Tsuki no Hanashi" ("The moon that fell into the sea") anime short
- 2013 - Katsuhiro Otomo's "Combustible" animated short
- 2012 - Isamu Hirabayashi's "663114" anime short
- 2011 - No award given
- 2010 - Hideto Nakata and Sovat Theater's "Denshin-Bashira Elemi no Koi" stop-motion animation film
- 2009 - Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli's Ponyo anime film
Source: The Maincihi Shimbun's Mantan Web