At the 39th annual Japan Academy Prize awards show held in Tokyo on March 04, 2016, Mamoru Hosoda's latest film, The Boy and the Beast, took home the prize for "Animation of the Year".
Other titles that were nominated for the same award include Miss Hokusai (directed by Keiichi Hara), Anthem of the Heart (directed by Tatsuyuki Nagai), Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F' (directed by Tadayoshi Yamamuro), and Love Live! The School Idol Movie (directed by Takahiko Kyōgoku).
Hosoda has won the Japan Academy Prize for "Animation of the Year" on three previous occasions: in 2007 for The Girl Who Leapt Through Time; in 2010 for Summer Wars; and in 2013 for Wolf Children. The Boy and the Beast is also nominated for "Anime of the Year" in the animated film category of the 2016 Tokyo Anime Award Festival.
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