UPDATED at 2:51pm with IMAGES of the historic wins from Natalie.mu

Hollywood Reporter shared the wonderful news early Friday morning as TOHO’s modern Godzilla masterpiece, SHIN-GOJIRA, swept the 40th annual Japan Academy Prize Awards.

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SHIN took a staggering SEVEN awards home, including BEST PICTURE. The film’s acclaimed directors, Hideaki Anno and longtime Toho/Godzilla veteran Shinji Higuchi, were awarded the coveted BEST DIRECTOR prize together. HR’s report brings much welcomed mainstream recognition to the film’s top two awards. The film, however, took home seven awards in total! We’ve gathered the full sourced list for you here, thanks to The Japan Academy Prize Awards’ official site. SHIN-GOJIRA took home the following awards:

  1. Picture of the Year

  2. Director of the Year

  3. Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography

  4. Outstanding Achievement in Lighting Direction

  5. Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction

  6. Outstanding Achievement in Film Editing

  7. Outstanding Achievement in Sound Recording

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The winners stand with their coveted Academy Prizes, courtesy of Natalie.mu.

The full nominations and winners list is below, which also highlights all other categories SHIN was nominated in, including “Best Actor”, “Supporting Actress” twice over, and “Film Score”.

40th Japan Academy Prize Awards:

Picture of the Year Animation of the Year
Director of the Year Screenplay of the Year
Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Outstanding Achievement in Music Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography
Outstanding Achievement in Lighting Direction Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction
Outstanding Achievement in Sound Recording Outstanding Achievement in Film Editing
Outstanding Foreign Language Film Newcomer of the Year

Reference: Jump up^ “日本アカデミー賞公式サイト”. Japan Academy Prize.

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Shinji Higuchi hands over the prize to SHIN. Courtesy of Natalie.mu.

Congratulations again to TOHO and the film’s creative team. We are thrilled to see such a true resurgence for our beloved GOJIRA!

 

Jon D. B.

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