“The 94th Academy Awards” were held tonight and “Drive My Car” took home the award for Best International Feature Film. It was nominated for three other awards: Best Film, Best Director (Ryusuke Hamaguchi), and Best Adapted Screenplay (Hamaguchi and Takamasa Oe).
“Drive My Car” is the second Japanese film to win this award competitively, following 2008’s “Departures.” Japan previously won three Honorary Oscars before the (previously named) Best Foreign Language Film category was created in 1956. Those honorees were Akira Kurosawa’s “Rashomon” in 1951, Teinosuke Kinugasa’s “Gate of Hell” in 1954, and Hiroshi Inagaki’s “Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto” in 1955.
In addition to the film’s director, several of the cast members attended the show as well, including Hidetoshi Nishijima, Masaki Oda, and Reika Kirishima.
Check out Hamaguchi’s speech and video from the red carpet below!