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Monday, 23rd February 2009
In Japan Entertainment News,

Departures scoops shock Oscar award

Japanese film Departures has scooped the prize for best foreign language feature at this year's Oscars.

Many commentators had assumed that the highly acclaimed Israeli animated film Waltz With Bashir would take the award.

Yojiro Takita, the director of Departures, commented: "This is a new departure for me. And we'll be back, I hope."

Departures follows the story of a cellist who is forced to take work preparing dead bodies for funerals after his orchestra is disbanded.

The foreign language film category has seen some controversy in recent years. Last year, many people questioned why 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days from Romania and the French-language animation Persepolis were not nominated.

Also nominated this year were Germany's The Baader Meinhof Complex about the infamous Marxist terrorist group the Red Army Faction, France's The Class and crime caper Revanche from Austria.

It was a good night for British film after Slumdog Millionaire won eight awards including best film and best director.