The 41st Japan Academy Prizes took place March 2 and legal thriller “The Third Murder” won big, including the awards for picture of the year and best direction for Hirokazu Kore-eda.

The award for best animation went to Masaki Yuaasa’s “Night is Short, Walk on Girl,” which beat out the popular “Fireworks, Should We See It from the Side or the Bottom?” and “Mary and the Witch’s Flower.”

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