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Japanese director Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s “Drive My Car” received Academy Awards nominations for best picture, best director, best adapted screenplay and best international feature on Tuesday, the first time a Japanese film has been nominated for best picture.

The brooding three-hour drama, based on a short story of the same name by author Haruki Murakami, features a widower, portrayed by Hidetoshi Nishijima, who faces his grief and finds solace in a female chauffeur (Toko Miura) after his wife dies while leaving behind secrets.

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