The 25th Japan Academy Awards ceremony surprised all with Spirited Away beating Go for the title of Best Picture.
Last month director Hayao Miyazaki's Spirited Away received the Golden Bear award at the Berlin Film Festival, yet on home territory Go has made box office records and was Japan's bid for the Foreign Language Oscar. Go was however heavily crowned with 8 awards, including Best Director (Isao Yukisada), Best Actor (Yosuke Kubozuka), Best Supporting Actor (Tsutomu Yamazaki), Best Supporting Actress (Ko Shibasaki), as well as prizes for screenplay, cinematography, lighting direction and editing, reported Screen Daily.
Hayao Miyazaki also won the Outstanding Achievement Award rewarding his forty-year career which has produced such features as Nausicaa Of The Valley Of The Wind, My Neighhbor Totoro and Princess Mononoke. Billy Elliot took the Best Foreign Picture, which was up against Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone and A.I.: Artificial Intelligence.