List of awards and honors given to Akira Kurosawa

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Akira Kurosawa's handprint in cement in Cannes, France, home of the Cannes Film Festival.

The following table is a selected list of awards and honors given to the Japanese film director Akira Kurosawa.

Categories[edit]

The list represents three categories of film awards or honors:

  • Best Film awards given to a Kurosawa-directed film, whether Kurosawa directly received the award or not (including "Foreign Film" awards);
  • Best Director or Best Screenplay awards to Kurosawa for a Kurosawa-directed film;
  • Career achievement awards.

For reasons of space, two categories of awards have been excluded from the table below:

  • Nominations for awards given to either Kurosawa himself or to films he directed which he or the film did not subsequently win (e.g., the nomination of Throne of Blood for the Venice Film Festival Golden Lion award in 1957; his own nomination for Best Director for Ran at the 1985 Academy Awards);
  • Awards given to cast members of Kurosawa-directed films, or to crew members other than Kurosawa (e.g., Toshiro Mifune’s Best Actor prize for Yojimbo at the 1961 Venice Film Festival; Emi Wada’s Oscar for Ran at the 1985 Academy Awards).

Data[edit]

The information in the table is derived from the IMDb Akira Kurosawa awards page[1] and the IMDb awards pages for the individual films, supplemented by the filmography by Kurosawa’s biographer, Stuart Galbraith IV,[2] unless otherwise noted.

Key: (NK) = Not known; (P) = Posthumous award

Table[edit]

Year of Award or Honor
(if known)
Name of Award or Honor Awarding Organization
(if known)
Country of
Origin
Given for… Film Title
(if applicable)
(NK) Sadao Yamanaka Prize (NK) Japan Film Sanshiro Sugata (1943)
(NK) The National Incentive Film Prize
[Shared with Torii Kyouemon]
(NK) Japan Film Sanshiro Sugata
1948 Mainichi Film Concours Mainichi Shimbun
(newspaper)
Japan Directing One Wonderful Sunday (1947)
1949 Kinema Jumpo Award
(Critics' Award)
Kinema Jumpo magazine Japan Film Drunken Angel (1948)
1949 Mainichi Film Concours Mainichi Shimbun Japan Film Drunken Angel
(NK) Geijutsusai (Arts Festival)
Grand Prize
Ministry of Education Japan Film Stray Dog (1949)
1951 Blue Ribbon Award The Association of Tokyo
Film Journalists
Japan Screenplay (with
Shinobu Hashimoto)
Rashomon (1950)
1951 Golden Lion
(First prize)[note 1]
Venice Film Festival Italy Film Rashomon
1951 NBR Award National Board of Review USA Film,
Directing
Rashomon
1952 Honorary Award - Outstanding
Foreign Language Film[note 2]
AMPAS
(Academy Award)
USA Film Rashomon
1953 Kinema Jumpo Award Kinema Jumpo magazine Japan Film Ikiru (1952)
1953 Mainichi Film Concours Mainichi Shimbun Japan Film,
Screenplay (with
Shinobu Hashimoto
and Hideo Oguni)
Ikiru
(NK) Arts Festival Ministry of Education Japan Film Ikiru
1954 Special Prize of the
Senate of Berlin
Berlin Film Festival Germany Film Ikiru
1954 Silver Lion of St. Mark
(Second Prize)
Venice Film Festival Italy Film Seven Samurai (1954)
1959 Diploma of Merit Jussi Award Finland Directing Seven Samurai
1959 Blue Ribbon Award The Association of Tokyo
Film Journalists
Japan Film The Hidden Fortress (1958)
1959 Silver Berlin Bear Berlin Film Festival Germany Directing The Hidden Fortress
1959 FIPRESCI Prize The International Federation
of Film Critics
(Berlin Film Festival)
Germany Film The Hidden Fortress
1961 Golden Laurel Award David O. Selznick USA Film Ikiru
1964 Mainichi Film Concours Mainichi Shimbun Japan Film,
Screenplay (with
Ryuzo Kikushima,
Eijiro Hisaita
and Hideo Oguni)
High and Low (1963)
1964 Golden Laurel Award David O. Selznick USA Film High and Low
1965 Asahi Culture Prize Asahi Shimbun Japan Film Red Beard (1965)
1965 Foreign Honorary Member[3] American Academy of Arts and Sciences USA Career
1965 Journalism, Literature and Creative Communication Arts Ramon Magsaysay Award Philippines Career
1965 OCIC Award OCIC (later Signis)
(Venice Film Festival)
Italy Directing Red Beard
(NK) Soviet Filmmakers'
Association Prize[4]
Moscow Film Festival USSR Film Red Beard
(NK) Million Pearl Award Tokyo Roei Japan Film Red Beard
(NK) NHK Award NHK (broadcaster) Japan Film Red Beard
1966 Blue Ribbon Award The Association of Tokyo
Film Journalists
Japan Film Red Beard
1966 Mainichi Film Concours Mainichi Shimbun Japan Film Red Beard
1966 Kinema Jumpo Award Kinema Jumpo magazine Japan Film
Directing
Red Beard
(NK) Geijutsusai (Arts Festival)
Prize for Excellence[4]
Ministry of Education Japan Film Dodesukaden
(aka, Dodeskaden) (1970)
1975 Golden Prize[5] 9th Moscow International Film Festival USSR Film Dersu Uzala (1975)
1975 FIPRESCI Prize The International Federation
of Film Critics
(Moscow Film Festival)
USSR Film Dersu Uzala
1976 Best Foreign Language Film AMPAS
(Academy Awards)
USA Film Dersu Uzala
1977 David David di Donatello Awards Italy Directing Dersu Uzala
1977 Silver Ribbon Italian National Syndicate
of Film Journalists
Italy Film Dersu Uzala
1978 Prix Léon Moussinac Syndicate of French
Film Critics
France Film Dersu Uzala
1978 Golden Halo Southern California Motion
Picture Council
USA Film Dersu Uzala
1979 Honorary Prize 11th Moscow International Film Festival USSR Career[6] -
1980 Palme d'Or
(First Prize)
Cannes Film Festival France Film Kagemusha (1980)
1980 Hochi Film Award Hochi Shimbun
(newspaper)
Japan Film Kagemusha
1981 Blue Ribbon Award The Association of Tokyo
Film Journalists
Japan Film Kagemusha
1981 Mainichi Film Concours Mainichi Shimbun Japan Film,
Directing
Kagemusha
1981 Reader's Choice Award Mainichi Shimbun Japan Film Kagemusha
1981 César César Awards France Film Kagemusha
1981 David David di Donatello Awards Italy Directing Kagemusha
1981 BAFTA Film Award BAFTA UK Directing Kagemusha
1981 Silver Ribbon Italian National Syndicate
of Film Journalists
Italy Directing Kagemusha
1982 Career Golden Lion Venice Film Festival Italy Career -
1985 LAFCA Award Los Angeles Film
Critics Association
USA Film,
Career
Ran (1985)
1985 NBR Award National Board of Review USA Film,
Directing
Ran
1985 OCIC Award OCIC (later Signis)
(San Sebastián Film Festival)
Spain Film Ran
1985 BSFC Award Boston Society of Film Critics USA Film Ran
1985 NYFCC Award New York Film Critics Circle USA Film Ran
1986 NSFC Award National Society of Film Critics USA Film Ran
1986 Amanda Award Norwegian International Film Festival Norway Film Ran
1986 Blue Ribbon Award The Association of Tokyo
Film Journalists
Japan Film Ran
1986 Bodil Bodil Awards Denmark Film Ran
1986 David David di Donatello Awards Italy Film Ran
1986 Mainichi Film Concours Mainichi Shimbun Japan Film,
Directing
Ran
1986 Golden Jubilee Award Directors Guild of America USA Career -
1986 Akira Kurosawa Award San Francisco International
Film Festival
USA Career -
1987 BAFTA Film Award BAFTA UK Film Ran
1987 ALFS Award London Film Critics' Circle UK Film,
Directing
Ran
1989 Lifetime Achievement Award AMPAS
(Academy Awards)
USA Career
1990 Special Prize Fukuoka Asian Culture Prize Japan Career
1992 theatre/film Praemium Imperiale Japan Career
1992 Lifetime Achievement Award Directors Guild of America USA Career
1994 Kyoto Prize in Arts and Philosophy Inamori Foundation Japan Career
1998 Special Award
(for his work) (P)
Nikkan Sports Film Award Japan Career -
1999 Lifetime Achievement Award (P) Awards of the Japanese Academy Japan Career -
1999 Blue Ribbon Award
Special Award
(for his work) (P)
The Association of Tokyo
Film Journalists
Japan Career -
1999 Mainichi Film Concours
Special Award
(for his work) (P)
Mainichi Shimbun Japan Career -
1999 Asian of the Century Award
(Arts, Literature and Culture) (P)
CNN
AsianWeek (US)
USA Career -

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ First major international film prize won by a Japanese production.
  2. ^ During this period, the Academy's foreign film award was given as an honorary award, non-competitively. It would become a competitive, annual award several years later.

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ "Akira Kurosawa - Awards". Retrieved 2010-08-27. 
  2. ^ Galbraith, pp. 651–751
  3. ^ "Book of Members, 1780–2010: Chapter K". American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved July 25, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Bock, p. 187
  5. ^ "9th Moscow International Film Festival (1975)". MIFF. Retrieved 2013-01-04. 
  6. ^ "11th Moscow International Film Festival (1979)". MIFF. Retrieved 2013-01-20. 

Sources[edit]

  • Bock, Audie (1978). Japanese Film Directors. Tokyo, New York & San Francisco: Kodansha International Ltd. ISBN 0-87011-304-6. 
  • Galbraith IV, Stuart (2002). The Emperor and the Wolf: The Lives and Films of Akira Kurosawa and Toshiro Mifune. New York-London: Faber and Faber, Inc. ISBN 0-571-19982-8.