Friday, March 28, 2014

The Lunchbox wins high honours at the Asian Film Awards 
The Asian Oscar for Best Scriptwriter goes to Ritesh Batra 
The Asian Oscar for 
Best Actor goes to Irrfan Khan

Announced March 28th in Hong Kong ...
Ritesh Batra of The Lunchbox  won the Best Screenwriter title for his first feature film - The Lunchbox.

Irrfan Khan,  who plays the lead role in The Lunchboxedged out hot favorite Tony Leung from The Grandmaster to bag the Best Actor crown. The other nominees in the Best Actor category were Masaharu Fukuyama (Japan, Like Father, Like Son), Song Kang-ho (Korea, The Attorney) and Lee Kangsheng (Taiwan, Stray Dogs).

The highly acclaimed Bollywood actor, who has starred in The Life of Pi and Slumdog Millionaire, was “honoured and delighted to have been nominated with such great actors”.

Complete Awards List
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

About Asian Film Awards
The annual Asian Film Awards was established in 2007 as the first awards to recognize cinematic talents across Asia. The only awards ceremony in the world that brings together the region’s cinematic elites, the AFA has garnered well-deserved attention from both industry professionals and movie fans alike.
This year's Asian Film Awards spanned 12 industry experts on the jury, 73 nominations, 26 films, and 14 award categories from 13 countries. The awards were jointly organised by the powerhouses of Asian cinema, comprising of the AFA Academy and its constituent partners – Busan International Film Festival, Hong Kong Film Festival Society and Tokyo International Film Festival.
The AFA strives to promote cultural exchange between film professionals from all across Asia with the ambition of propelling Asian films to greater heights.

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