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By Kevin Ma

Mon, 06 January 2014, 09:30 AM (HKT)

Awards News

Organised by seven newspapers in the Tokyo region, the Blue Ribbon Awards ブルーリボン賞 has announced the nominees for its 56th edition.

The Great Passage 舟を編む (2013) leads with six nominations: Best Picture, Best Director (ISHII Yuya 石井裕也), Best Actor (MATSUDA Ryuhei 松田龍平), Best Supporting Actor (Joe ODAGIRI オダギリジョー). KUROKI Haru 黒木華 is nominated as both Best Supporting Actress and Best New Actor.

Family drama Like Father, Like Son そして父になる (2013) is nominated for five awards: Best Picture, Best Director (KORE-EDA Hirokazu 是枝裕和), Best Actor (FUKUYAMA Masaharu 福山雅治), Best Actress (MAKI Yoko 真木よう子) and Best Supporting Actress (ONO Machiko 尾野真千子).

Like Father co-star Lily FRANKY リリー・フランキー is nominated in the Best Supporting Actor category for his work in The Devil's Path 凶悪 (2013). The thriller is also nominated for a second Best Supporting Actor award (Pierre TAKI ピエール瀧) and in the Best Director (SHIRAISHI Kazuya 白石和彌) and Best Picture categories.

Joining Kore-eda, Shiraishi and Ishii in the Best Director category are OMORI Tatsushi 大森立嗣, for his films Bozo ぼっちゃん (2012) and The Ravine of Goodbye さよなら渓谷 (2013), and MIYAZAKI Hayao 宮崎駿 and TAKAHATA Isao 高畑勲 for animations The Wind Rises 風立ちぬ (2013) and The Tale of Princess Kaguya かぐや姫の物語 (2013).

A total of 22 films are nominated for Best Picture. In addition to the aforementioned films, the list also includes The Kiyosu Conference 清須会議 (2013), Angel Home くちづけ (2013), Why Don't You Play in Hell? 地獄でなぜ悪い (2013), Tokyo Family 東京家族 (2013), Backwater 共喰い (2013) and A Story of Yonosuke 横道世之介 (2012).

The Best Foreign Film category has a total of 26 nominated films, including Amour (2012), Django Unchained (2012), 3 Idiots थ्री इडीयट्स (2009), Gravity (2013), Zero Dark Thirty (2012) and Life of Pi (2012).

The results will be announced on 11 Feb in Tokyo.

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