36th Japan Academy Awards nominees revealed! Evangelion, Wolf Children, Momo, Friends, and One Piece made it to the Animation of the Year Category!

Evangelion: 3.0 You-Can-(Not) Redo is nominated on this year's Japan Academy Prize for "Animation of the Year". Image (c) Studio Khara

Evangelion: 3.0 You-Can-(Not) Redo is nominated on this year’s Japan Academy Prize for “Animation of the Year”. Image (c) Studio Khara

Last Tuesday, the Nippon Academy-Sho Association announced its nominees for the 36th Japan Academy Awards, showcasing the best films of 2012. This year’s nominees for “Animation of the Year” are: Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo (Director: Hideaki Anno), Wolf Children (Director: Mamoru Hosoda), A Letter to Momo (Hiroyuki Okiura), Friends: Mononoke Shima no Naki (Takashi Yamazaki), and One Piece Film Z (Tatsuya Nagamine).

Last year’s winner was From Up on Poppy Hill which was the highest-grossing film of 2011 in Japan. The most successful films in this year’s nominees are One Piece and Evangelion. According to Box Office Mojo, One Piece Film Z has earned ¥6,552,837,671 (302 screens) while Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo has earned ¥5,287,972,051 (124 screens); both films are still showing.

Touted as Japan’s version of America’s Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Oscars), the Nippon Academy-Sho Association presents the Japan Academy Prizes every year. The nominees all receive “Awards of Excellence,” but the actual top award in each category will be presented in a ceremony on March 8 at the Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa in Tokyo.

Below are the list of nominees:
BEST PICTURE
Dearest
A Chorus of Angels
The Kirashima Thing
The Floating Castle
Chronicle of My Mother

BEST ANIMATED PICTURE
Evangelion 3.0: You Can (Not) Redo
The Wolf Children Ame and Yuki
A Letter to Momo
Friends: Naki on Monster Island
One Piece Film Z

BEST DIRECTOR
Shinji Higuchi (The Floating Castle)
Junji Sakamoto (A Chorus of Angels)
Masato Harda (Chronicle of My Mother)
Yasuo Furihata (Dearest)
Daihachi Yoshida (The Kirashima Thing)

BEST LEADING ACTOR
Hiroshi Abe (Thermae Romae)
Masato Sakai (Key of Life)
Mansai Momura (The Floating Castle)
Mirai Moriyama (Drudgery Train)
Koji Yakusho (Fleet Admiral, Isoroku Yamamoto)
Koji Yakusho (Chronicle of My Mother)

BEST LEADING ACTRESS
Kiki Kirin (Chronicle of My Mother)
Tamiyo Kusakari (The Terminal Trust)
Erika Sawajiri (Heruta Skelter)
Matsu Takako (Dreams For Sale)
Sayuri Yoshinaga (A Chorus of Angels)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Shuji Otaki (Dearest)
Koichi Sato (Dearest)
Koichi Sato (The Floating Castle)
Teruyuki Kagawa (Key of Life)
Kengo Kora (Drudgery Train)
Mirai Moriyama (A Chorus of Angels)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Shinobu Terajim (Heruta Skelter)
Ryoko Hirosue (Key of Life)
Akira Mitsushima (A Chorus of Angels)
Aoi Miyazaki (Chronicle of My Mother)
Kimiko Yo (Dearest)

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Saki Takei (Rurouni Kenshin, Today, I Started Loving You)
Fumi Nikaido (Holy Scripture of Evil)
Shota Someya (The Kirashima Thing, Another, Holy Scripture of Evil)
Masahiro Higashide (The Kirashima Thing)
Changmin (Fly With The Gold)
Matsuzaka Tori (Shizanmono, Today, I Started Loving You)

BEST FOREIGN FILM
Argo
The Intouchables
The Dark Knight Rises
The Girl with Dragon Tattoo

Source: Japan Academy Prize

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