Singapore film ‘Ilo Ilo’ is on a roll. The film continues its winning streak as it won four awards out of the six that it was nominated for at the 50th Golden Horse Awards in Taiwan on Saturday.
Director Anthony Chen's film took home the Best Feature Film award despite facing stiff competition from the likes of Johnnie To's 'Drug War', Tsai Ming-liang’s 'Stray' Dogs and Wong Kar Wai's 'The Grandmaster', which lead the race with 11 nominations.
Dubbed "The Asian Oscars", this year's ceremony is a star-studded event with more than 100 directors, actors and actresses attending as nominees, award presenters or jurors, including two-time Oscar-winning Taiwanese director Ang Lee, director John Woo, Hong Kong actors Maggie Cheung, Andy Lau and Tony Leung Chiu Wai and Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi.
Chen also won Best New Director award while actress Yeo Yann Yann bagged the Best Supporting Actress award for her role in the movie.
“I never thought I’d come to the Golden Horse Awards and win a prize. All I was hoping for was to shake Lee Ang’s hand," Chen said in his acceptance speech.
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In the Best Director category, Chen beat Chinese actress/singer Vicky Zhao Wei's 'So Young', Sunny Luk and Longman Leung's cop thriller 'Cold War', Juno Mak's 'Rigor Mortis' and Taiwanese comedy 'Together' by Hsu Chao-jen.
The film also won the Best Original Screenplay award ahead of the awards ceremony on Friday evening during the Golden Horse Nominees dinner.
Best Newcomer nominee Koh Jia Ler and Best Supporting Actor nominee Chen Tianwen did not win in their respective categories.
‘Ilo Ilo’, the Camera d'Or winner, awarded for best first film at Cannes, is an insightful and heart-wrenching look at a family under siege in the late 1990s. The film also stars Angel Bayani.