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:
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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)