The 2021 Ryûsuke Hamaguchi Japanese indie film ‘Drive My Car’ is currently a Best Picture contender in this year’s Academy Awards Ceremony. The 2022 Oscar nominee is up for four categories at this year’s Academy Awards. While the 94th Academy Awards are approaching later this month, Japan’s ‘Drive My Car’ continues to build buzz wherever it goes. On Friday, March 11th, 2022, the 45th Japan Academy Film Prize ceremony was held at the Grand Prince Hotel New Takawana in Tokyo. 2022 Oscar-nominated ‘Drive My Car’ went on to win eight prizes at the ceremony.
If you’ve never heard about the film, now is your time to find out! As the film’s IMDB page describes, the plot goes as follows,
After his wife’s unexpected death, Yusuke Kafuku, a renowned stage actor and director, receives an offer to direct a production of Uncle Vanya in Hiroshima. There, he begins to face the haunting mysteries his wife left behind.
At the Japan Academy Film Prize ceremony, the 2022 Oscar nominee took home awards for Best Picture along with Best Director (Hamaguchi), Best Screenplay (Hamaguchi & Oe Takamasa), and Best Actor (Nishijima Hidetoshi). ‘Drive My Car’ also won awards for cinematography, lighting, editing, and sound recording.
‘Drive My Car’ currently has 66 wins out of 100 nominations so far in the 2022 Award season.
After the Oscar-nom’s triumphant night at the Japan Academy Film Prize ceremony, things are looking bright for the film to win at the Oscars. The 2022 Oscar nominee ‘Drive My Car’ is up for four categories at the 94th Academy Awards. Along with Best Picture, ‘Drive My Car’ is also nominated for International Feature Film, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay.
Could another foreign film like ‘Drive My Car’ win Best Picture at the 94th Academy Awards just a few years after Parasite’s win? Do you think Japan’s ‘Drive My Car’ has a shot at winning in any of its other Oscar categories? If so, what are your guesses? Let us know the comments down below. As always, we love to hear from you here at The Nerd Stash.