Our very own Eddie Garcia and Nora Aunor won Best Actor and Best Actress awards, respectively, at the 7th Asian Film Awards held on March 18, 2013 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center.
Garcia role as a gay man in the 2012 dramedy "Bwakaw" earned him recognitions here and abroad. The film was first screened at the Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival as part of the Director's Showcase roster.
Aunor meanwhile also earned recognitions and awards for her role in the critically-acclaimed "Thy Womb." She also won the "Bisato d'Oro" award at the 69th Venice International Film Festival.
China's "Mystery," a tale of sexual and social malaise, was hailed Best Film. It also won Best Screenwriter for Mei Feng, Yu Fan and its director Lou Ye, and Best Newcomer for Qi Xi.
Japan's Kitano Takeshi won Best Director for the violent gangster sequel "Outrage Beyond," Watanabe Makiko as Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal in "Capturing Dad," and Best Editing for "The Kirishima Thing."
The Best Supporting Actor and Best Composer awards were given to India's Nawazuddin Siddiqui for his role in "Talaash: The Answer Lies Within" and Pritam Chakraborty for "Barfi!," respectively.
Iraqi Kurdistan-Turkish film "Rhino Season" scored a pair of awards for Touraj Aslani (Best Cinematographer), Bahman Ghobadi (Best Production Designer), and Fred Khoshtinat (Best Visual Effects).
Local boy Man Lim-chung's best costume designer win for China-Hong Kong co-production The Silent War ensured the host city didn't go unrepresented at the glitzy ceremony in the Convention and Exhibition Centre.
China-Hong Kong co-production "The Silent War" won Best Costumer Designer for Man Lim-chung.