The 8th Asian Film Awards (AFA) award ceremony, dubbed the “Asian Oscars”, was held tonight at the House of Dancing Water Theatre in the City of Dreams, Macau. The 8th AFA was jointly organized by the AFA academy (AFAA) and its constituent partners – Busan Film Festival, Tokyo Film Festival and Hong Kong Film Festival.
The Grandmaster walked away with the most awards this evening, bagging seven awards: Best Film, Best Director for Wong Kar-wai, Best Actress award for Zhang Ziyi, Best Production Designer and Costume Designer for William Chang Suk Ping, and Best Cinematographer for Phillipe Le Sourd.
In her speech, actress Zhang Ziyi spoke of one of the martial arts directors that was on the MH370, the missing Malaysian flight. Director Wong Kar-wai received the Best Film award on behalf of the crew and dedicated his speech to the missing director. He offered his deepest condolences and called on the Malaysian government for more transparency in clarifying the situation soon.
Isabelle Huppert, one of Europe’s top actresses, was named as the first honorary member of the AFAA. Top French fashion designer agnès b of her self-named label presented the Best Costume Designer and Best Production Designer Awards at the AFA award ceremony.
Amidst a standing ovation, Taiwanese actor Hou Hsiao Hsien received the top honour of Lifetime Achievement Award for his outstanding contribution to Asian cinema throughout his 30 year career. “I’m receiving this award because I am an old man,” he joked. He expressed that he is motivated to continue making new films.
Irrfan Khan, lead actor of Indian romance film The Lunchbox, beat other nominees for the Best Actor award (including Tony Leung and Lee Kang Sheng) to win the award. “I’m honoured and delighted that I have been nominated with such great actors, actors which I’ve watched and which I’m in love with,” he said.
Guests were entertained by a singing performance from Chinese singer Zhou Bichang (Bibi Zhou), a microphone-grabbing giraffe Vivi, and a spectacular water show by the House of Dancing Water and its talented dance troupe.
List of winners:
Lifetime Achievement:Hou Hsiao-Hsien
Best Film:The Grandmaster
Best Director:Wong Kar-wai, The Grandmaster
Best Actor:Irrfan Khan, The Lunchbox
Best Actress:Zhang Ziyi, The Grandmaster
Best Newcomer:Jiang Shuying, So Young
Best Supporting Actor:Huang Bo, No Man’s Land
Best supporting actress:Yeo Yann Yann, Ilo Ilo
Best Screenwriter:Ritesh Batra, The Lunchbox
Best Cinematographer:Philippe Le Sourd, The Grandmaster
Best Production Designer:William Chang Suk Ping, Alfred Yau Wai Ming, The Grandmaster
Best Composer:Nathaniel Mechaly, Umebayashi Shigeru, The Grandmaster
Best Editor:Shin Min-kyung, Cold Eyes
Best Visual Effects:Jung Sung-jin, Mr Go
Best Costume designer:William Chang Suk Ping, The Grandmaster
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