Eugene Domingo and Shamaine Buencamino Win at ‘Asian Oscars’

Two Filipinas emerged victorious in the recently concluded 6th Asian Film Awards, otherwise known as the "Asian Oscars," which was held at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Center on March 19.

[Eugene Domingo, Chris Martinez and Shamaine Buencamino – Photo courtesy of Chris Martinez]

Eugene Domingo won the People’s Choice Award for Favourite Actress for the Philippine entry to the Oscars, “Ang Babae sa Septic Tank” (The Woman in The Septic Tank). She bested Vidya Balan of “The Dirty Picture” (India), Michelle Chen of “You Are the Apple of My Eye” (Taiwan), Leila Hatami of “Nadir and Samin: A Separation,” and Deanie Ip of “A Simple Life” (Hong Kong) for the citation.

Chris Martinez was among the nominees for Best Screenwriter for “The Woman in Septic Tank” but he lost to Iran’s Ashgar Farhadi from the movie “A Separation,” the 2012 Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film.

Shamaine Buencamino, on the other hand, bagged the Best Supporting Actress award for “Niño.” She defeated Gwen Lun-mei of “The Flying Swords of Dragon Gate” (Hong Kong/ Mainland China), Cris Horwang of “Headshot” (Thailand), Mitsushima Hikari of “Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai” (Japan), and Yan Ni of “11 Flowers” (Mainland China/France).

Among Southeast Asian countries, only Philippines and Indonesia were able win a trophy or two from the annual awards show being dominated by China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Korea and Japan were snubbed this year.

View the complete list of winners here.

The highlight of the entire awards night was when Eugene Domingo accepted her Favourite Actress trophy together with Andy Lau, the People’s Choice Award winner for Favourite Actor. Before giving her hilarious acceptance speech, she held up her mobile phone to take a picture of herself together with Lau.

“I waited 25 years for this,” she said as the audience laughed out loud.

Watch the video here:

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