On Jan 14th, nominations for the 38th Japan Academy Prize were announced and V6‘s Okada Junichi is nominated for two of the top prizes for Excellence in Acting: Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (Eien no Zero) and Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role (Higurashi no Ki).
Up to now, it’s in Johnny’s & Associates policy that they “don’t participate in this prize race” because “superiority or inferiority should not be attach to a talent”. In fact, SMAP‘s Kimura Takuya have declined a nomination in 2006 for his performance in “Love and Honor” under Japan Academy Prize. Furthermore, Okada and Kimura both declined a nomination back in 2007 under Blue Ribbon Awards because of the agency’s policy.
“Okada has appeared in 20 movies up until now, and it’s not an exaggeration to say that he grew as an actor from movies. Okada accepted the award for Hochi Film Awards last year as well as for Nikkan Sports Movie Awards. When the notice from Japan Academy Award Prize was received, his schedule was adjusted so he can attend the ceremony.” (comment from the agency)
Japan Academy Association’s Secretary General, Tomiyama Shogo, said that he’s happy that a new door has opened when the issue on the agency’s refusal of awards nomination was brought up.
The 38th Japan Academy Awards Ceremony will happened on Feb 27th at Grand Prince Hotel and will be broadcasted in NTV.
Blue Ribbon Awards were Okada and Ikuta are nominated is different from Japan Academy Prize. I apologized for my earlier mistake and it has been corrected. From now on, I won’t make any additional comments if it weren’t mention in the source. I guess, I was just too excited back then to even care.
Anyway, I don’t know why the agency made it their policy (one of their ridiculous policies) not to participate in this prize race when they allow nominations from drama awards and something abysmal like those best jeanist and stuff. As for being superior or inferior, I definitely don’t want to hear something like that from an agency that plays favorites.
Oh well, congratulations to Okada!