40th Japan Academy Awards Announces Nominees and Winners

The 40th Japan Academy Prize Association for excellence in film announced its winners and nominees for the Grand Prizes. All nominees for the top prize receive “Awards of Excellence”. The Grand Prize will be presented in a ceremony on March 3 in Tokyo.

Ando Sakura (Best Actress winner last year) and Nishida Toshiyuki (Vice Chairman of the committee and host for the last 4 years) will serve as moderators for the event. Movies are eligible if they opened in Japan between December 16, 2015 to December 15, 2016.

Arama, who’s your bet?

Picture of the Year

  • Ikari
  • Kazoku wa Tsurai yo
  • Shin Godzilla
  • Yu o Wakasu Hodo no Atsui Ai
  • 64 Rokuyon Zenpen

Animation of the Year

  • Kimi no Na wa.
  • Koe no Katachi
  • Kono Sekai no Katasumi ni
  • Rudolf to Ippai Attena

Director of the Year

  • Anno Hideaki / Higuchi Shinji (Shin Godzilla)
  • Shinkai Makoto (Kimi no Na wa.)
  • Zeze Takahisa (64 Rokuyon Zenpen)
  • Nakano Ryota (Yu o Wakasu Hodo no Atsui Ai)
  • Lee Sang-il (Ikari)

Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

  • Ayano Go (Nihon de Ichiban Warui Yatsura)
  • Okada Junichi (Kaizoku to Yobareta Otoko)
  • Sato Koichi (64 Rokuyon Zenpen)
  • Hasegawa Hiroki (Shin Godzilla)
  • Matsuyama Kenichi (Satoshi no Seishun)

Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

  • Ootake Shinobu (Gosaigyou no Onna)
  • Kuroki Haru (Rip van Winkle no Hanayome)
  • Hirose Suzu (Chihayafuru – Kami no ku -)
  • Miyazaki Aoi (Ikari)
  • Miyazawa Rie (Yu o Wakasu Hodo no Atsui Ai)

Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

  • Takehara Pistol (Nagai Iiwake)
  • Tsumabuki Satoshi (Ikari)
  • Higashide Masahiro (Satoshi no Seishun)
  • Moriyama Mirai (Ikari)
  • Lily Frankie (SCOOP!)

Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

  • Ishihara Satomi (Shin Godzilla)
  • Ichikawa Mikako (Shin Godzilla)
  • Sugisaki Hana (Yu wo wakasu hodo no atsui ai)
  • Hirose Suzu (Ikari)
  • Miyazaki Aoi (Birthday Card)

Newcomer Awards

  • Sugisaki Hana (Yu o Wakasu Hodo no Atsui Ai)
  • Takahata Mitsuki (Shokubutsu Zukan: Unmei no Koi, Hiroimashita))
  • Hashimoto Kanna (Sailor Fuku to Kikanju: Sotsugyo)
  • Iwata Takanori (Shokubutsu Zukan: Unmei no Koi, Hiroimashita))
  • Sakaguchi Kentaro (64 Rokuyon Zenpen / 64 Rokuyon Gohen)
  • Sakumoto Takara (Ikari)
  • Chiba Yudai (Tono, Risoku de Gozaru!)
  • Mackenyu (Chihayafuru – Kami no Ku – / Chihayafuku – Shimo no Ku -)

The rest of the categories can be viewed at the Japan Academy Prize official site.

(via Oricon)

  • Comments

    • J

      Should we start on bets now

      • anon

        ONE PIECE FILM GOLD is the sure bet for best animated movie.

        • Reileen

          Wouldn’t “Kimi no Na Wa” be the safest bet for best animated movie

          • anon

            It is. It was a joke since Kimi no Na Wa was so huge.

        • Lol

          It would be kimi na wa

          • anon

            It was a joke:P (Since Kimi no Na Wa was so big)

    • Reileen

      Interesting..if Okada and Miyazaki both win lol

      Why is “Shin Godzilla” raking this much acting awards. Anyone saw the movie? Curious how acting in this kind of film can outshine the other movies that are definitely heavier plotwise.

      • light

        I haven’t seen it but I heard mixed reviews,seems like Satomi’s english wasn’t good…

      • goingtojpn

        I’ve watched it, and it wasn’t anything WOW. And Satomi wasn’t even great so I am surprised…

      • HyperMoot .

        I watched it and was pleasantly surprised. I know a lot of non-Japanese viewers who found it too heavy on the dialogues but that’s the point: I think there’s a lot of humor and criticism about the Gvt and the bureaucracy. The film is not flawless, some special FX look cheap if compared to Hollywood, Satomi’s English is …ahem … but Hiroki Hasegawa and Yutaka Takenouchi are quite convincing. They also managed to pay a tribute, to keep the feel you had with the old Godzilla movies. It definitely belongs to the blockbuster category but the film is quite enjoyable.

    • HyperMoot .

      Ikari – Kimi no Na wa – Lee Sang-il – can’t decide – Kuroki Haru – can’t decide – Miyazaki Aoi – can’t decide

    • merideen

      ewww why do i see okada and miyazaki winning.. 😒

    • Lol

      Yay nino will present the award

    • Otagei dansu

      wait.. what? To Takahata Mitsuki, Congratulations!!! Why did she got her newcomer’s award only this year? I wasn’t following any of these awards show so i thought she was already an awardee of this before since she is a great actress! They should have given her an award a long time ago… :)

    • pandaa2016

      Remove Hirose Suzu.

    • LA143

      How the hell can Shin Godzilla be considered one of the best things in Japanese cinematic this year??? It’s quite entertaining but mediocre at its best.

    • Ash

      What kind of outrage would it cause if Your Name didn’t win?