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Shin Godzilla Wins Seven Japan Academy Prizes

Shin Godzilla

The film Shin Godzilla won seven Japan Academy prizes, the most of any film at the event,  Variety reports.

More about Shin Godzilla:

Shin Godzilla is a part of the incredibly famous Godzilla franchise, and Shin Godzilla was the first time that the frightening figure has graced Japanese screens since the film Godzilla: Final Wars (a title that has proven itself outdated now). The directors behind Shin Godzilla are planning a sequel to their award-winning film. The title roughly translates to “Godzilla Resurgence,” which fits the film’s status as a popular reboot. The seven awards that Shin Godzilla won were Best Picture, Best Director (for directors Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi), Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, Best Lighting Direction, Best Sound Recording, and Best Film Editing. 

Shin GodzillaMore about the Japan Academy Awards:

The Japan Academy Awards are the Japanese equivalent of the Academy Awards, where prizes are given to the films that their version of the academy considers most deserving. Unlike the American Academy Awards, the “nominations” here are called “Awards of Excellence” (that actually sounds so much nicer than “nomination”). The ceremony held last Friday gave the “Grand Prizes” to the category winners. This was the 40th year in which the ceremony was held, and it featured films mostly released in 2016 (in a manner similar to how the Academy Awards work). The film that won the second most awards was the anime film Your Name, despite the fact that it didn’t win for best-animated film. Interestingly, the Clint Eastwood directed film Sully, starring Tom Hanks as the title character, won for best foreign language film. It managed to beat the popular American films The Revenant, Zootopia, The Martian and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Here is a full list of nominated and awarded films. 

Shin Godzilla is not yet available to stream in the United States. 


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