Mamoru Hosoda’s Mirai film won the Animation of the Year award at the 42nd annual Japan Academy Prizes on March 1, 2019. Dragon Ball Super: Broly, penguin highway, Detective Conan: Zero the Enforcer, and Okko’s Inn were also nominated in the category.
Animator Yasuo Otsuka received an Association’s Special Award for lifetime achievement. Actress Keiko Kishi and director Junya Sato also received Chairperson’s Awards for lifetime achievement.
Director Isao Takahata, actress Yuriko Hoshi, actress Kirin Kiki, and producer Mitsuru Kurosawa are among the six individuals who received posthumous Chairperson’s Special Awards for lifetime achievement.
The Nippon Academy-Sho Association, a Japanese group roughly comparable to America’s Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences of Oscars fame, presents the Japan Academy Prizes every year. The nominees all receive “Awards of Excellence,” but the actual top award in each category was presented in a ceremony on March 1, 2019 at the Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa in Tokyo.
Movies were eligible for awards if they opened in Japan between December 16, 2017, and December 15, 2018.