Yeap, that’s right,
Singapore-based actress Yeo Yann Yann won best supporting actress for her role in Ilo Ilo at the 8th Asian Film Awards!
In modern life, when we encounter a lot of difficulties, our family members give us the biggest strength. So I hope you all can have this strength,” Yann Yann said her thanks, especially to her husband.
The 8th Asian Film Awards award ceremony aka the “Asian Oscars”, was held on the 27th March at the House of Dancing Water Theatre in the City of Dreams, Macau.
Singapore’s director Anthony Chen also scored a Best Director nomination with his story of a humble Singaporean family in his first feature film Ilo Ilo.
The Grandmaster walked away with the most awards that 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.
House of Dancing Water Theatre, Macau
Celebrity Juror of the 8th Asian Film Awards Donnie Yen arrives on the red carpet hand-in-hand with his wife Cecilia Wang
Carina Lau, celebrity juror of the 8th AFA, arrives on the red carpet in a similarly bold red number.
Jeon Do Yeon is the ambassador of the 8th Asian Film Awards.
Wong Kar Wai arrives on the red carpet with Zhang Ziyi.
Ilo Ilo Film Poster
Ilo Ilo Official Trailer
Yeo Yann Yann and Anthony Chen arrive together on the red carpet at the 8th Asian Film Awards.
Yeo Yann Yann chokes up as she receives the Best Supporting Actress award for her performance in Ilo Ilo
The Grandmaster Film Poster
The Grandmaster Official Trailer
Zhang Ziyi receives the Best Actress Award for her performance in The Grandmaster from celebrity juror Carina Lau and Zhang Guoli.
Wong Kar Wai receives the Best Director Award at the 8th Asian Film Awards from Ambassador Jeon Do Yeon and Johnnie To.
Wong Kar Wai, director of The Grandmaster, receives the award for Best Film from Peter Chan and Isabelle Huppert.
As a Singaporean, I’m super proud of Yeo Yann Yann for her win at the 8th Asian Film Awards!
Although Anthony Chen didn’t bag the Best Director award this time, he has already won the prestigious Camera d’Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. He also won the illustrious 50th Golden Horse Award for Best Feature Film and Best New Director. It’s really awesome that Anthony Chen is bringing Singapore talent to the Asian film arena and beyond.
I am also a fan of Wong Kar Wai’s work and creative direction. Go watch his film “2046” if you haven’t. Congratulations to him for his double win! Also, a quick fun fact, he’s born on the same day (17 July) as I am! 🙂 If you’d like to read more about him, check out this interview, this write up, and this photo of him without glasses and with his wife. 😉
I love watching American films and drama, but I get equally excited about watching Asian films and I never once doubted about Asian talents before and behind the screen. I believe that all Asians should be proud of our unique cultures, heritage and work hard to showcase what we’ve got to the world! 😉
For more information about Asian Film Awards, visit their website here.
Thanks to DT Asia PR for the press release & photos.
Thanks for reading~ <3