by Old_Anime_Lady, March 20, 2021

The Japan Academy Film prize is an award presented by the Nippon Academy-Sho Association to award excellence in filmmaking. This year, the 44th, was held at the Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa, Tokyo, Japan on March 19th 2021.  You can find the nominees here

 Midnight Swan 

Best Picture
 Best Actor: Kusanagi Tsuyoshi 
Best New Actress: Hattori Misaki 
Best New Actor: Okudaira Daiken

Tags: Neglected By Parent, Student, Dance, Transgender Character, Ballet 


Best Actress: Nagasawa Masami

Tags: Homeless, Single Mother, Abusive Mother, Domestic Abuse, Child Neglect, Slow Burn Story, Poor Family, Mother-Son Relationship, Sexual Content, Nudity   

Best Animation: Kimetsu no Yaiba The Movie: Mugen Train

True Mothers  (Asa ga Kuru)    

Best New Actress Makita Aju 

Tags:   Married Couple, Teen Pregnancy, Mother-Son Relationship, Mother-Daughter Relationship, Father-Son Relationship, Adoption, Family Pressure, Adapted From A Novel 

  Last Letter

 Best New Actress  Mori Nana

Tags: Novelist, Mistaken Identity, Death, Sisterhood, Misunderstanding, First Love, Unrequited Love, Suicide   

 Nozomi and The Legacy of Dr. Death: Black File 

Best New Actor: Okada Kenshi

Nozomi Tags: Shusuke Shizukui, Architect, Injury, Missing Person, Married Couple, Death, Sibling, Student, Murder, Adapted From A Novel 
The Legacy of Dr. DeathTags: Shichiri Nakayama, Victim, Euthanasia, Death, Adapted From A Novel, Serial Killer, Crime 

Yowamushi Pedal 

Best New Actor: Nagase Ren

Tags: King & Prince, Johnnys, Cycling, Naive Male Lead, High School, Strong Friendship, Otaku, Student, Nice Male Lead, Character Development 

The Asadas! 

Best Supporting Actress: Kuroki Haru

Tags: Photographer, Family Relationship, Photography, Arashi, Earthquake, Brothers, Sibling, Disaster, Idol Actor 

Fukushima 50

Best Supporting Actor: Watanabe Ken

Tags: VolunteerAftermathRadiationNuclear DisasterTsunamiEarthquakeAdapted From A NovelBased On True StoryDisaster  

Did any of these award winning titles wind up on your plan to watch list? I personally sat through MOTHER. and the performance was good even if the subject matter made me furious.  Just like previous years, I will probably get around to watching them at some point.

Source: ハズキ on twitter and Wikipedia