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Shin Godzilla Wins Best Picture & Director at Japanese Academy Awards!

Shin Godzilla Wins Best Picture & Director at Japanese Academy Awards!

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:
Best Film

Mainichi Film Awards:
Best Film
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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Sources:
The Hollywood Reporter - 'Godzilla Resurgence' Wins Big...
Bloody Disgusting - Shin Godzilla Just Won the Japanese Academy Award...
Skreeonk - Shin Gojira Takes Seven Japanese Academy...
Japanese Academy Film Prize Official Site
Crunchyroll - Mainichi Film Awards Pick "Shin Godzilla"...
Otaku Magazine - In This Corner of the World, Shin Godzilla Top...
International Business Times - Saturn Awards 2017 nominations...

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9 Fan responses to Shin Godzilla Wins Best Picture & Director at Japanese Academy Awards!

Godzilla 2014 Himself

Mar-03-2017 7:22 PM

Funny things is that I still haven't been able to see it. I have to wait till they release it on blu-ray/dvd

Dragon King Ultrazero80

Mar-03-2017 11:10 PM

Awesome.

Mizikame

Mar-03-2017 11:51 PM

Congrats to Hideaki Anno-San & Crew for showing what movies of this caliber can really show people! Happy the Japan Blu Ray Release is on mai 25th Birthday ^_^

Durp004

Mar-04-2017 6:19 AM

 Always great to see Godzilla get awards.

Must kinda suck to be the animated Godzilla movie following up on this.

Huge-Ben

Mar-04-2017 9:35 AM

^

I wouldn't worry about the anime Godzilla film. Anime is the biggest thing in Japan. If films like "Your name" and "One piece gold" can have the success they've had, chances are, the anime Godzilla will be the same. Although Shin Godzilla did better than one piece, but still.

 

I'm so glad this film is getting what it deserves. In my opinion it is the best Godzilla film since gmk and the 54 original and probably the best Kaiju film since Gamera 3. 

G. H. (Gman)

Mar-04-2017 2:19 PM

I think he means the pressure is just on for the crew of the anime to turn out a really great movie as well. No doubt it will have an easier time making bank though since animated films tend to do better in Japan.

Jamaal

Mar-04-2017 6:47 PM

This kind of critical acclaim is great not only for Shin Godzilla, but for the Series and the Genre. And it certainly deserves it. Shin Godzilla is among my five Godzilla films, easily. As great as the VFX and design are, it's the narrative and the human characters that make this film so dear to me, like GMK, like Gojira.  

This recognition for Shin Godzilla is very satisfying. The whole ride, from announcement at the end of 2014, to the naming of the directors, to the reports about the staffing, to the design leaks, to the trailers, the premiere and that phenomenal theatrical run, including here in North America, it's been a great ride, for which I am thankful. 

CGF (Crazy Godzilla Fan)

Mar-05-2017 12:36 PM

Holy crap wow! Just Wow! That is so freaking cool that a Godzilla film won best picture (well maybe not for the actual oscars, but still :P )! Funny thing, I didn't even know that was a thing and I am just so happy! XD

Darmok

Mar-09-2017 7:52 PM

They deserve it all ;)

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