|Ann Hui wants to give her Lifetime Achievement Award to her mother
|Best Actor Donny Damara
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The 6th Asian Film Award took place last night and 16 awards were presented. Deanie Ip Tak Han with A SIMPLE LIFE (TOH JEH) won her fifth Best Actress award, but Andy Lau Tak Wa lost to Indonesian film LOVELY MAN's Donny Damara and was unable to step on the award stage with Sister Deanie. However he still won the Favorite Actor award online. The night's big winner was A SEPARATION, winning four out of five nominated categories. As for the Hong Kong box office record breaking YOU ARE THE APPLE OF MY EYE it went home empty handed, as its Best Newcomer nominee Ko Chen-Tung lost to THE FLOWERS OF WAR' Ni Ni. Two big Chinese films WU XIA and FLYING SWORDS OF DRAGON GATE won three and two technical awards respectively.
Winning Best Actress again, Sister Deanie first gave a speech in English. She happily said that she was very grateful and very honored. She thanked the event, Ann Hui On Wa and Andy Lau Tak Wa for giving her the chance to perform. She also praised that Wa Jai not only looked good but was also a good actor, a genius actor. She even said to Wa Jai, "Thank you, Darling!" Wa Jai immediately blew her a kiss, then she in Cantonese said that for an actor to perform well, a good script was very important. Thus she thanked the producer for providing a good story. She also said that playing Sister Peach was not hard because she was a senior; but yesterday some people wanted a difficult challenge of making her pretty. She then thanked a group of people who made her pretty. Speaking of Wa Jai's Best Actor defeat, she admitted that she was somewhat disappointed but this was the jury's selection. As for future work, she said that she would first go to Australia to watch the lunar eclipse. Indonesian actor Donny Damara with LOVELY MAN won Best Actor, which he said was incredible but he was very excited. He also said that this trip has left him a beautiful memorable. In the film he played a cross dressing prostitute, he said that his family and friends were very supportive. To get into character, he would pay attention to how real prostitutes moved and even how they kissed.
As for Wa Jai and he and THE WOMAN IN THE SEPTIC TANK's Filipino actress Eugene Domingo won the online My Favorite Actor and Actress award. Wa Jai happily said, "I never thought that I would win this award, thank you everyone for your support. I appreciate it very much now because I just won an award at another award show. I never thought that I would win this award after sitting for just awhile. I truly am very happy." Eugene Domingo not only had a very natural high but also became a Wa Jai fan as she took out her mobile phone to take photos with Wa Jai. She also leaned on Wa Jai and suggested to work with Wa Jai in a movie. Wa Jai smiled very happily and even kissed her cheek. Wa Jai later presented Best newcomer with Korean star Yoon Eun-Hye. Wa Jai thanked Ann Hui On Wa for approaching him with a movie 30 years ago, which gave him the chance to thank her on stage. Yoon Eun-Hye said that she did not understand what Wa Jai said. Wa Jai humorously joked that he thanked his wife, which made Hui On Wa cracked up in the audience. Hui On Wa received the event's Asian Film Lifetime Achievement Award and a standing ovation. She first thanked the event, her mother and the award presenters Sylvia Chang (Cheung Ngai Ga) and Ip Tak Han. She also had to thank someone, the ORDINARY HEROES (CHIN YIN MAN YU) investor, because this film made him lose a lot of money.
Ni Ni won Best Newcomer with THE FLOWERS OF WAR. She said that the award was quite a surprise. She was very emotional on stage mainly because she did not think that she would win, in addition because Wa Jai presented the award to her. Speaking of her co-star Christian Bale, she praised him as a very nice person who taught her a lot about acting. He not only was a good actor but also was very friendly and low key. Their collaboration was very pleasant. Lawrence Ko Yu Lun with JUMP! ASHIN won the Best Supporting Actor. He thanked Eddie Peng Yu-yen and said that he and this life and death good brother gave the director quite a headache. Through this chance he also thanked director Edward Yang who gave him his start in the business and taught him what professionalism and passion were. He was very happy to be able to share the honor with him.
6TH ASIAN FILM AWARD
BEST PICTURE: A SEPARATION
BEST DIRECTOR: Asghar Farhadi (A SEPARATION)
BEST ACTRESS: Deanie Ip Tak Han (A SIMPLE LIFE)
BEST ACTOR: Donny Damara (LOVELY MAN)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Shamaine Beuencamino (NINO)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Lawrence Ko (JUMP! ASHIN)
BEST NEWCOMER: Ni Ni (THE FLOWERS OF WAR)
BEST SCREENWRITER: Asghar Farhadi (A SEPARATION)
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHER: Jake Pollock, Lai Yiu Fai (WU XIA)
BEST COSTUME DESIGNER: Yee Chung Man, Lai Hsuan-wu (FLYING SWORDS OF DRAGON GATE)
BEST PRODUCTION DESIGNER: Yee Chung Man, Sun Li (WU XIA)
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS: Frankie Chung, Wook Kim, Josh Cole (FLYING SWORDS OF DRAGON GATE)
BEST COMPOSER: Chan Kwong Wing, Peter Kam Pui Tat, Chatchai Pongprapahan (WU XIA)
BEST EDITOR: Hayedeh Safiyari (A SEPARATION)
PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD FAVORITE ACTOR: Andy Lau Tak Wa (A SIMPLE LIFE)
PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD FAVORITE ACTRESS: Eugene Domingo (THE WOMAN IN THE SEPTIC TANK)
TOP GROSSING ASIAN FILM AWARD: LET THE BULLETS FLY
ASIAN FILM LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Ann Hui On Wa