Nominations for the 46th Japan Academy Awards Have Been Announced


The nominations for the 46th Japan Academy Awards were announced on the 23rd. The film “A Man” leads in number of nominations with 13 nominations in 12 categories, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor. Works that were released from January 1 to December 31, 2022 and met the selection criteria were nominated. The winners for each category will be announced at the award ceremony on March 10th hosted by Kasumi Arimura and Shinichi Hatori.


“A Man” is a film based on a novel by Keiichiro Hirano. The plot revolves around a lawyer who was asked to investigate the background of a man who turned out to be someone else after his death. He then pursues the truth about the man who lived as a stranger. Satoshi Tsumabuki was nominated for Best Actor, while Masataka Kubota for Best Supporting Actor, and Sakura Ando and Nana Seino for Best Supporting Actress respectively. 


Yo Oizumi, Kasumi Arimura, and Ren Meguro (from boy group Snow Man) starred in “Phases of the Moon”, which is nominated for 9 awards including Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, and Newcomer Award.  “Anime Supremacy!” starring Riho Yoshioka is nominated for 9 categories including Best Picture, Best Actress, and the Newcomer Award. 


In addition, “Shin Ultraman”, which was written by Hideaki Anno and directed by Shinji Higuchi, is nominated for 7 categories (including the Newcomer Award). The Wandering Moon” starring Suzu Hirose, Tori Matsuzaka, and Ryusei Yokohama is nominated for 6 categories. Period film “The Pass: Last Days of the Samurai” starring Koji Yakusho is also nominated in 6 categories. 


The main award nominations for the 46th Japan Academy Prize are as follows:


Picture of the Year 

A Man

Shin Ultraman

Phases of the Moon 

Anime Supremacy!

The Wandering Moon 


Animation of the Year


Lonely Castle in the Mirror 

Suzume no Tojimari

One Piece Film: Red



Director of the Year 

Kei Ishikawa, A Man

Takashi Koizumi, The Pass: Last Days of the Samurai

Shinji Higuchi, Shin Ultraman

Ryuichi Hiroki, Phases of the Moon

Kohei Yoshino, Anime Supremacy!


Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

Sadao Abe, Lesson in Murder 

Yo Oizumi, Phases of the Moon

Satoshi Tsumabuki, A Man

Kazunari Ninomiya, Fragments of the Last Will

Tori Matsuzaka, The Wandering Moon 


Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

Yukino Kishii, Small, Slow But Steady

 Non, The Fish Tale 

Chieko Baisho, PLAN 75 

Suzu Hirose, The Wandering Moon

Riho Yoshioka, Anime Supremacy!


Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

Tasuku Emoto, Anime Supremacy! 

Masataka Kubota, A Man 

Kentaro Sakaguchi, Hell Dogs

Ren Meguro, Phases of the Moon

Ryusei Yokohama, The Wandering Moon


Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

Kasumi Arimura, Phases of the Moon

Sakura Ando, A Man

Machiko Ono, Anime Supremacy! 

Nana Seino, A Man

Nana Seina, Kingdom 2: To Distant Lands

Mei Nagano, Motherhood

Honoka Matsumoto, Sore ga Iru Mori


Screenplay of the Year 

Takashi Koizumi, The Pass: Last Days of the Samurai

Hiroshi Hashimoto, Phases of the Moon

Chie Hayakawa, PLAN 75

Yosuke Masaike, Anime Supremacy!

Kosuke Mukai, A Man


Outstanding Foreign Language Film

Avatar: The Way of Water


Spider-Man: No Way Home

Top Gun Maverick 



Newcomer of the Year

Karin Ono, Anime Supremacy!

Hinako Kikuchi, Phases of the Moon

Riko Fukumoto, Even if This Love Disappears from the World Tonight

Meru Nukumi, My Boyfriend in Orange

Daiki Arioka, Shin Ultraman

Ichiro Banka, SABAKAN

Hokuto Matsumura, xxxHOLiC

Ren Meguro, Phases of the Moon


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