Drive My Car is the first Japanese film to be nominated for Best Picture. ‹ Literary Center

February 8, 2022, 12:56 p.m.

A historic moment from my favorite movie of the year: drive my carRyusuke Hamaguchi’s beautiful and sharp adaptation of Haruki Murakami’s short story, is the first Japanese film to receive an Oscar nomination for Best Picture. drive my car was also nominated for International Feature Film and Best Adapted Screenplay, and Hamaguchi was nominated for Best Director; the film’s four nominations put it on par with Akira Kurosawa’s Had run as the most nominated Japanese film of all time.

This nomination follows a series of other awards for drive my car: so far, the film has won Best Foreign Language Film at the Golden Globes, been shortlisted to compete for the Palme d’Or at Cannes, and won three awards at Cannes including Best Screenplay. It is also the first non-English language film of only six best picture films from the three main American critic groups (the others: Goodfellas, Schindler’s List, LA Confidential, The Social Network, The Hurt Locker). I love it when everyone comes together to love something good!

Marie A. Evans