Japan Academy Prize 2016: Umimachi Diary grabs Best Picture, Koreeda takes Best Director + Nino is Best Actor, Sakura Ando is Best Actress!

Updates: And so we have the winners! [ in bold red text ] Funny that the locals have finally recognized Hirokazu Koreeda after so many years and his film Umimachi Diary took home the Best Picture of the Year. The internationally respected filmmaker also won Director of the Year. We were just talking about Ninomiya Kazunari and his apparent lack of good acting roles, and alas! He won Best Actor, congratulations! Kudos also goes to Sakura Ando for finally winning Best Actress [ and so happy that Kasumi Arimura did not win! ]

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Haruka Ayase, Masami Nagasawa, Kaho and Suzu Hirose in Umimachi Diary, directed by Hirokazu Koreeda, 2015 Toho, Gaga Corporation, All Rights Reserved

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I have no idea if politics or anything else plays in the drafting of nominees for the 2016 Japan Academy Prize, but it seems Kengo Kora – is once again – ignored for his superb performance in Being Good. It happened before when Kora was not nominated for his role in The Story of Yonosuke a few years ago. 

The good news (for me) is to see Hikari Mitsushima nominated for Best Supporting Actress (Kakekomi) and Shota Sometani (Best Supporting Actor) for Bakuman. Also, well deserved Rookies for Tao Tsuchiya and Kento Yamazaki.

Here is the list of nominees (with the winners are in bold) for the 39th Japan Academy Prize:

Picture of the Year
Umimachi Diary
Kainan 1890
Nihon no Ichiban Nagai Hi
Haha to Kuraseba
Hyakuen no Koi
Animation of the Year
The Anthem of the Heart
Miss Hokusai
Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ?F?
The Boy and the Beast
Love Live! The School Idol Movie
Director of the Year
Ohne Hitoshi (Bakuman)
Koreeda Hirokazu (Umimachi Diary)
Take Masaharu (Hyakuen no Koi)
Tanaka Mitsutoshi (Kainan 1890)
Harada Masato (Nihon no Ichiban Nagai Hi)
Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Uchino Seiyo (Kainan 1890)
Oizumi Yo (Kakekomi Onna to Kakedashi Otoko)
Sato Koichi (Terminal)
Ninomiya Kazunari ( Haha to Kuraseba)
Yakusho Koji (Nihon no Ichiban Nagai Hi)
Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Ayase Haruka (Umimachi diary)
Arimura Kasumi (Biri Gal)
Ando Sakura (Hyakuen no Koi)
Kiki Kirin (An)
Yoshinaga Sayuri ( Haha to Kuraseba)
Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Asano Tadanobu ( Haha to Kuraseba)
Arai Hirofumi (Hyakuen no Koi)
Ito Atsushi (Biri Gal)
Sometani Shota (Bakuman)
Motoki Masahiro (Tenkuu no Hachi / Nihon no Ichiban Nagai Hi)
Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Kaho (Umimachi diary)
Kuroki Haru ( Haha to Kuraseba)
Nagasawa Masami (Umimachi diary)
Mitsushima Hikari (Kakekomi Onna to Kakedashi Otoko)
Yoshida Yo (Biri Gal)
Newcomers of the Year (winners)
Arimura Kasumi (Biri Gal)
Tsuchiya Tao (orange)
Hirose Suzu (Umimachi diary)
Fujino Ryoko (Solomon no Gisho / Kohen Saiban)
Shinohara Atsushi (Koibito Tachi)
Noda Yojiro (Toire no Pieta)
Yamazaki Kento (orange, Heroine Shikkaku)
Yamada Ryosuke (Ansatsu Kyoushitsu)

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Ryoko Fujino and supporting cast in Solomon’s Perjury, directed by Izuru Narushima, 2015, Shochiku All Rights Reserved

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The school investigative-thriller drama Solomon’s Perjury grabbed the first Best Picture award in Japan’s ongoing movie awards season, as the Nikkan Sports Awards celebrated its 28th year a few days ago. The major acting awards were handed out to the main cast of Koreeda’s Umimachi Diary – with Haruka Ayase winning her 2nd Best Actress trophy from the said award-giving body. 

Kengo Kora’s moving performance in Mipo O’s Being Good gave him the Best Actor trophy. 

I have seen him in Being Good, and I have to say, this is another great year for Kora as he consistently maintained his acting. But I still can’t get over his non-nomination at the Japan Academy Prize for The Story of Yonosuke though…

The complete list of winners are:

Best Picture – Solomon’s Perjury

Best Director – Masato Harada (The Emperor in August – Japan’s Longest Day)

Best Actor – Kengo Kora (Being Good, The Mourner)

Best Actress – Haruka Ayase (Umimachi Diary)

Best Supporting Actor – Masahiro Motoki (The Emperor in August, The Big Bee)

Best Supporting Actress – Masami Nagasawa (Umimachi Diary)

Yujiro Ishihara Award – The Emperor in August

Best Foreign Movie – Whiplash

Rookie of the Year – Suzu Hirose (Umimachi Diary)


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