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By Kevin Ma

Fri, 17 January 2014, 09:30 AM (HKT)

Awards News

Like Father, Like Son そして父になる (2013), The Great Passage 舟を編む (2013) and Tokyo Family 東京家族 (2013) (pictured) tie with 12 nominations each for this year's Japan Academy Awards 日本アカデミー賞. The nominations were announced yesterday in Tokyo. The three films are also nominated in all major categories.

For the first time in the award's 37-year history, six films are nominated for Best Film instead of the usual five because two unidentified films tied for the fifth-place spot. The additional nominations are A Boy Called H 少年H (2013), The Devil's Path 凶悪 (2013) and Ask This of Rikyu 利休にたずねよ (2013).

Rikyu was the second-most nominated film with nine nominations, though neither director TANAKA Mitsutoshi 田中光敏 nor writer KOMATSU Eriko 小松江里子 were recognised in their respective categories. Instead, writer-director MITANI Koki 三谷幸喜 received nominations in both categories for The Kiyosu Conference 清須会議 (2013).

In the acting categories, ONO Machiko 尾野真千子 and MAKI Yoko 真木よう子 are nominated in both the Best Actress and the Best Supporting Actress categories. Ono received her Best Actress nomination for Like Father Like Son; her co-star Maki for The Ravine of Goodbye さよなら渓谷 (2013)

Lily FRANKY リリー・フランキー also received two acting nominations, both in the Supporting Actor category: One for The Devil's Path and one for Like Father Like Son. His Path co-star Pierre TAKI ピエール瀧 is also nominated in the same category.

Studio Ghibli スタジオジブリ releases The Wind Rises 風立ちぬ (2013) and The Tale of Princess Kaguya かぐや姫の物語 (2013) are nominated in the Best Animation category. Joe HISAISHI 久石譲 received Best Music nominations for both films, and for his work in Tokyo Family.

3 Idiots थ्री इडीयट्स (2009) became the first Hindi-language film to be recognised at the award with a nomination in the Best Foreign Film category. It is joined by Hollywood films Les Misérables (2012), Django Unchained (2012), Captain Phillips (2013) and Gravity (2013).

Acting legend TAKAKURA Ken 高倉健 will receive the Special Award of Honour from the Association. Scriptwriter SHIRATORI Akane 白鳥あかね, Costume designer FUKUDA Akira 福田明 and set designer YOSHIDA Harumi 吉田晴美 will receive Special Awards from the Association.

The winners of the Grand Prize will be announced in Tokyo on 7 March.

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