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‘Shin Godzilla’ Nominated for Best Picture and 10 Other Japanese Academy Awards

Imagine that. A Godzilla movie nominated for Best Picture!

Last year’s Toho-produced Shin Godzilla (aka Godzilla Resurgence) has been hailed by many as being the best Godzilla movie ever made, with most at the very least agreeing that it put any American version of the franchise to absolute shame. It was also a huge success at the box office, becoming the highest grossing live-action film released in Japan last year and also the highest-grossing Japanese Godzilla film of all time. And now, per the website SciFied, we’ve learned that Shin Godzilla has been nominated for a whopping ELEVEN Japanese Academy Awards.

Talk about a powerhouse monster movie, huh?

Technically called the Japan Academy Prize, the “Japanese Academy Awards” have been given out annually since 1978, and Shin Godzilla is nominated in the following categories this year:

  • Best Picture
  • Best Director(s) – Hideaki Anno & Shinji Higuchi
  • Best Actor in a Leading Role – Hiroki Hasegawa
  • Best Supporting Actress – Satomi Ishihara
  • Best Supporting Actress – Mikako Ichikawa
  • Best Original Score – Shirou Sagisu
  • Best Cinematography – Kousuke Yamada
  • Best Lighting Direction – Takayuki Kawabe
  • Best Art Direction – Yuji Hayashida & Eri Sakushima
  • Best Sound – Jun Nakamura & Haru Yamada
  • Best Editing – Hideaki Anno & Atsuki Sato

I’d also like to nominate the film in the nonexistent “Coolest Movie Moment Ever” category for the nighttime scene where Godzilla unleashed his atomic breath. Holy shit was that awesome.

The Japanese Academy Awards will be given out March 3rd in Tokyo, Japan.




  • Satanzilla

    Well, nominated for JAPANESE best picture. The Japanese movie business is not what it once was, making a handful of classics along with the lowbrow dreck that the studios pump out.

    You don’t see many films of the quality of “Tokyo Story” or “Seven Samurai” or “Rashomon” or “Ikiru” anymore.

    • PsychoMantis18

      Naming the critically acclaimed ones there, Simplezilla. Maybe try working on your film-IQ by watching more J-cinema outside of the “classics” and you’ll see that Japan have made many great films in the last decade. Then again, you’d probably need a large group of others to critique it for you as you clearly struggle on your own.

      • Laven Pillay

        Well said, sir.
        A lot of people don’t even realise that they’re speaking from a limited perspective.
        (that’s not meant to be insulting, just factual)

        PS : love the name !!

        • PsychoMantis18

          Thanks mang.

    • Laven Pillay

      >> along with the lowbrow dreck that the studios pump out.
      So just like every other countries movie industry.
      The trick is to accept that that is normal, to be expected, and keep looking for the good movies. If you end up “writing off a countries movies” because of the bad movies, then you’re denying yourself a chance at all the good ones.
      And sure, there’s not much like Rashomon anymore, just as there is nothing in the west like “Gone With the Wind” or “Casablanca” anymore.
      Times and industries change.
      Re-contextualise, and you might find less movies falling short of your expectations.
      Here’s to finding awesome movies in 2017 !!

      • Satanzilla

        Not like every other film industry, because every year American, British, French and other interbationally important cinemas create films that break out and touch a common cord that everyone in the world can appreciate. Same can be said lately of Korean and sometimes Hong Kong cinema. Not really true of Japan anymore, which is a shame, as movies like Tokyo Story and Seven Samurai are some of the greatest films ever made.

        • Laven Pillay

          >> films that break out and touch a common cord that everyone in the world can appreciate. Same can be said lately of Korean and sometimes Hong Kong cinema. Not really true of Japan anymore

          Sure, as an opinion, that’s valid, I guess.

          This might throw a spanner in your argument though.
          What about the fact that I personally DO feel a “touch of common cord”.
          Its about culture and other things resonating with us in a way that we can understand and relate to (I assume thats what you meant by “touch a common cord”.
          So isn’t it “obvious” that if you _dont have_ many “common cords” with a specific culture/background, then that thing wont really “touch” anything in you ?

          (using Indian culture as a reference, cos I’m South African born, of indian descent)
          (and not at all being negative)
          For example if you and I sit together and watch a movie called Baahubali (check it out), its going to have COMPLETELY different effects on each of us because I have a connection (albeit diluted) to that culture and mythology and styles of communication which you don’t have.

          Similarly, when you say “Not really true of Japan anymore”, couldn’t that be a case of it not resonating with YOU, but still having that effect on others ?

          Something to think about 🙂

        • PsychoMantis18

          Moronic horse-shit.

          Haven’t touched a common cord?

          What? Like the films of Miike, Kitano, Sono, Tsukamoto, and Miyazaki?

          And they’re only the current masters that I know of; in the last twenty years there’s been heaps of great stuff coming out of Japan.

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  • Flu-Like Symptoms

    “with most at the very least agreeing that it put any American version of the franchise to absolute shame”

    Yep. All two of them.

  • zombie84_41

    How about we get the fucking movie on BLU RAY here already in America so I can add with the rest of my godzilla films. That be nice.

    • Laven Pillay

      Whoa, Jimmy. Calm down. Everything is going to be okay. 🙂
      Unfortunately a LOT of work goes into Internationalising any movie, especially when there is dubbing/subbing to be performed, the movie edited for different markets etc.
      You can keep track of the progress, and sign up to be informed about the US/International Release Date here :

      • zombie84_41

        I can’t Charles the waiting is killing me.

    • Brandon Vincent Smith- Scolaro

      I don’t even think the movie has been released on home media even in Japan yet. So you probably still got a good year before we see it on our shores.

      • zombie84_41

        ahhhh 🙁 I can’t wait anymore. I hope that the reviews and everyone saying this is the best godzilla is true.

  • Arben Hasa

    Japanese cinema is not what it once was for sure, and I’m not even going that far back. The films that are being released today from Japan, make the films from ten years ago seem like masterpieces.

  • Laven Pillay

    Hi there Satanzilla.
    I’ll try to answer your question, but before we do, lets establish what it is we both mean by “great films”.
    You tell me what YOU think makes a “great film” and I’ll try to give you a list.

    • Satanzilla

      Well: What do you think would be an objective criterion for establishing what a great film is? Something that doesn’t just rely on our own subjective opinions?

      • Laven Pillay

        Maybe I phrased myself badly.

        1. You send me what YOU think makes a good film (subjective is fine)
        2. I’ll reply back, and try to point you towards movies that might fit those criteria.
        This is not meant to be antagonistic.
        I literally mean “Maybe there’s some stuff out there you haven’t yet seen, which you might enjoy. If you tell me what your personal preferences for a great film are, I’ll try to suggest some.”

        >> Something that doesn’t just rely on our own subjective opinions?
        I don’t know about that – almost all opinions on art are subjective, and that’s fine.
        I just wanted to establish what it means for you, and then try to see if there’s anything I could suggest.

        • Satanzilla

          Subjective isn’t fine though. It’s a tautology to say you think great movies are movies you really like. The best way to measure it is for us both to agree on some objective criteria like say IMDb rating and/or RT rating. Even then you have to be careful because a RT rating of 95% from say eight critics is nowhere near as impressive as a RT of say 88% from eighty critics.

          • Laven Pillay

            Excellent !!
            To be honest I was just trying to be polite, but with your response here you just proved that YOUR comments about Japans movie industry state at the moment is Subjective – and therefore I don’t really treat it as valid, because I’m fairly sure your subjectivity has a bias against it.
            There’s NO WAY anyone with a fair mind who has watched a lot of any countries cinema can just write off an ENTIRE INDUSTRY because of the movies they’ve watched.
            Think about it, and have a great day 😉

  • Romero Garcia

    When it comes to live action movies, I don’t think dubs are necessary.

  • Grendal Sven

    I read this article and made it a point to see the film.

    I was disappointed, this Godzilla movie is shit. I don’t understand the enthusiastic praise, and of course, we get some racist digs towards the US.

    I can only assume that fervent praise for the film is a direct result of backlash from the last American effort. Even in the pantheon of Jap Godzilla movies this one is on par with the worst of them with Son of Godzilla and Godzilla vs The Sea Monster. Gimmie Final Wars but keep this garbage.

    • Horrorfiction

      What an autistic comment.

  • PsychoMantis18

    No, Simplezilla – it’s just that you rant about western critics as being good judges of film-quality and then name some of the most well known and critically acclaimed Japanese films amongst western critics while stating that Japanese cinema isn’t what it use to be…

    Can’t help but assume you haven’t actually seen that many Japanese films… have you even seen the films you mentioned?

  • Sonny Crockett

    “Put it to absolute shame,” are you kidding me?! This movie was OK, in a goofy Toho way, but it was nowhere NEAR as good as “Godzilla 2014.” Even the CGI looked slow and lumbering and had that man-in-a-suit feel about it. It wasn’t bad, but C’MON MAN! I mean, it was barely released in the US. The main objection I had with G-2014, was that it took almost half the film to see Godzilla, even though I get the set-up. As I said it was typical Toho, for 2016….

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