Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Japanese Academy Awards names 'Animation Of The Year' Nominees
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the top animation prize has been given to Studio Ghibli more than anyone else (4 times) but the films of Mamoru Hosoda run it a close second, with his previous three films all winning the top prize. Hosoda gets the chance to draw even this year as his latest The Boy And The Beast is among this year's nominees.
Hosoda's latest is competing with Production I.G's biographical drama Miss Hokusai and A-1 Picture's Anthem Of The Heart. The final two nominations are much more commercial efforts, with Love Live: The School Idol Movie and Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection F taking the last two spots.
Based on previous form, Boy and The Beast has to be the favourite to take home the top prize. Upsets in the category are not unheard of however, with Stand By Me Doraemon taking the honours last year over Ghibli's possibly final feature When Marnie Was There.
The ceremony will take place on March 4th in Tokyo.
Posted by Chris Perkins
Chris writes about movies, games, TV and other stuff you love, and has written for places including MyM magazine, Rant Gaming, KillStreakMedia and Anime UK News. He particularly specialises in the field of animation and spends far too much time watching cartoons for a grown up. He regrets nothing. Follow him at @misterchristor.