While the rest of the world debates whether Heath Ledger's Golden Globe for the Joker will translate into an Oscar, animeanime! has announced the 2008 Otaku Awards results.
- Fujitsu Ryouta Prize: Kuramoto Kurata no Kuradashi (a collection of stories by Hideyuki Kurata, a novelist and manga/anime script writer)
- Toukaimura Haraya Prize: Masaki Asai (this is a figures award; Asai is behind some of Max Factory's most popular figures-- see here)
- Hidekuni Shida Prize (Game): Monster Hunter Portable 2 G
- Masumi Kurata Prize (Anime): Junjou Romantica
- Hisakichi Maeda Prize (Anime): True Tears
- Housai Tsuruoka Prize: TENGIRL (I can't find info on this beyond the award now, but it appears to be a moe anthropomorphization of sex toys...Oh, Japan.)
- Shinya Yamada Prize: This appears to have been given to all of the moekabu companies (represented by Production I.G...really?)
- Naoki Ishiguro Prize: ARIA (manga and anime)
- Dorii Osaki Prize: Cloverfield (yes, the JJ Abrams monster flick-- no, NOT the prequel manga)
And the top prize of 2008-- the Best Anime Award? Went to Kitarou, for both Hakaba Kitarou and the fifth iteration of Gegege no Kitarou.