Sunday, March 10, 2013

36th Japan Academy Prize Winners

The Japan Academy Prize Association has just announced the Award winners for its 36th edition (for the nomination see our previous blog entry):

  • Best Picture of the year: The Kirishima Thing (“Kirishima, Bukatsu Yamerutteyo”, dir.: Daihachi Yoshida)
  • Best Director of the year: Daihachi Yoshida (The Kirishima Thing)
  • Best Animation of the year: Wolf Children (“Okami Kodomo no Ame to Yuki”, dir.: Mamoru Hosoda)
  • Best Actor of the year: Hiroshi Abe (Thermae Romae)
  • Best Actress of the year: Kirin Kiki (Chronicle Of My Mother)
  • Best Supporting Actor of the year: Hideji Otaki (Dearest)
  • Best Supporting Actress of the year: Kimiko Yo (Dearest)
  • Best Screenplay of the year: Kenji Uchida (Key Of Life)
  • Best Music of the year: Ikuko Kawai (A Chorus of Angels)
  • Best Cinematography of the year: Daisaku Kimura (A Chorus of Angels)
  • Best Lighting of the year: Takashi Sugimoto (A Chorus of Angels)
  • Best Art Direction of the year: Norihiro Isoda & Nariyuki Kondo (The Floating Castle)
  • Best Sound of the year: Fumio Hashimoto (Admiral Yamamoto)
  • Best Editing of the year: Mototaka Kusakabe (The Kirishima Thing)
  • Best Foreign Language Film of the year: The Intouchables (France)

  • Most Popular Film of the year: The Kirishima Thing
  • Most Popular Actor of the year: Yuko Oshima (a member of AKB48's Team K, for her role in Ushijima the Loan Shark)

Unlike last year, there is no clear winner. However, The Kirishima Thing gets best picture, best director, best editing AND most popular film, while A Chorus of Angels gets three of the “Technical” awards and Dearest gets both supporting role awards. I've already seen Dearest but I'll make sure to add the other two on my list of “to watch” movies.

For more details on the award winners you can check the AsianWiki, Anime News Network and the Japan Academy Prize official site (in Japanese).

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