As if Pacific Rim, Godzilla (2014) and Shin Godzilla wasn't enough of a treat over the last three years, fans also have Kong: Skull Island, Pacific Rim: Uprising, two upcoming Godzilla productions and a Godzilla/Kong crossover to instill the idea that giant monsters are back with a vengeance. The upcoming Rampage, Colossal and continuing Ultraman series don't hurt either. To add to the celebration of this new age of monsters, the recent Shin Godzilla was nominated for eleven Japanese Academy Prizes. The ceremony took place today in Tokyo, Japan and Shin Godzilla took home seven of those awards including Best Picture and Best Director, shared by Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi.
Here's the full list of Shin Godzilla's Japanese Academy Prize nominations and wins:
Best Picture - Won
Best Director(s) – Hideaki Anno & Shinji Higuchi - Won
Best Actor in a Leading Role – Hiroki Hasegawa - Nominated
Best Supporting Actress – Satomi Ishihara - Nominated
Best Supporting Actress – Mikako Ichikawa - Nominated
Best Original Score – Shirou Sagisu - Nominated
Best Cinematography – Kousuke Yamada - Won
Best Lighting Direction – Takayuki Kawabe - Won
Best Art Direction – Yuji Hayashida & Eri Sakushima - Won
Best Sound – Jun Nakamura & Haru Yamada - Won
Best Editing – Hideaki Anno & Atsuki Sato - Won
The film had been winning a major number of accolades leading up to the 40th Japanese Academy Prize, including:
Kinema Junpo Awards:
Best Screenwriter - Hideaki Anno
Blue Ribbon Awards:
Mainichi Film Awards:
Best Supporting Actress - Mikako Ichikawa
Best Art Direction - Yuji Hayashida & Eri Sakushima
In the west Shin Godzilla was recently nominated by the Saturn Awards for Best International Film. The ceremony will take place in June.
We congratulate Hideaki Anno, Shinji Higuchi, Toho and the hard working cast and crew of Shin Godzilla for their success. Hopefully it leads to a long and fruitful next few years for the King of the Monsters.
Shin Godzilla hits Blu-ray in Japan, March 22nd. Funimation will distribute the film on home video in North America, but a release date has not yet been announced.
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