Death Note actor Masataka Kubota clinched the title and trophy for Best Actor in Japan's 86th Television Drama Academy Awards.
He won the award for his portrayal of Light Yagami in the 2015 TV drama Death Note.
The Japanese Drama Academy Awards are organised by My Television Weekly magazine. Unlike famous counterpart galas elsewhere - like the Oscars - they are held quarterly and without any great, spectacular ceremony.
A triparate pool of the magazine's own jury, assorted television journalists and the general public - all nominating and voting - each determine the winners for each category. The trio's results are then collated into an final overall score and ultimate ranking.
In an 86th Drama Academy Awards which otherwise saw Democratization sweep the board, Masataka Kubota held off two of that show's leading actors in order to take the top spot trophy.
According to the judges' comments, his transformation from 'mediocre' student to manically obsessed killer was how Masataka managed to impress as Kira. It was an 'acting of the eye', echoed in his 'eerie' facial expressions, compelling all to keep watching to witness the 'gradual flowering of its genius'.
Masataka Kubota's Kira took first place as Best Actor in both the public vote and the TV reporters' panel. My Television Weekly's in-house jury had him positioned fourth.
Masataka Kubota Best Actor Speech at the 86th Drama Academy Awards
Japanese readers may also enjoy Walker Plus's interview with Masataka Kubota upon winning Best Actor for playing Light Yagami. No-one else will, as the translation programs absolutely scramble it beyond all comprehension. Yes, we'd love to know what he said there too. Thank you in advance.
Kenichi Matsuyama Also Placed In 86th Best Actor Category
Of further Death Note interest was the presence of Kenichi Matsuyama in the running for Best Actor, usually right behind Masataka Kubota.
Which is probably quite ominous in the Death Note fandom mind, considering that Kenichi is best known to us as L in the live-action movies.
However, in this instance, he was there for his role in the Japanese drama Dokonjō Gaeru.
The readers voted him second; the reporters fifth; and the magazine staff placed him at joint second with Democratization's Kenichi Endo. Nevertheless, Kira won this round.
TV Drama Death Note in Television Drama Academy Awards
Wondering otherwise where Death Note came in the Television Drama Academy Awards? It was there, but to no great array.
My Television Weekly's readership voted the Death Note TV drama second in the Best Show category. But neither the magazine's jury nor television journalists factored it in at all. Death Note didn't place overall.
The readers also placed two Death Note actors in the Best Supporting Role category. Kento Yamazaki came fourth as L, while Yutaka Matsushige's Soichiro Yagami found fifth place. But neither they, nor any other actor from the drama featured elsewhere, thus missing out on the collated acclaim.
Beyond that, there were no other accolades for Death Note (2015) in the 86th Television Drama Academy Awards.