Hong Kong celebrated the biggest stars of the Asian entertainment business, with drama Nader and Simin, A Separation taking home several honors at the Asian Film Awards following its recent Oscar win. Here is THR's look at winners, such as Andy Lau and Eugene Domingo, other stars and glamor shots from the event.
'A Separation' Wins Big
Iranian actress Leila Hatami picked up the best director award on behalf of Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi for A Separation at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center. Farhadi may not have been there, but his courtroom drama, in which Hatami starred, followed up the recent foreign-language Academy Award with additional Asian Film Awards honors for best film, best screenwriter and best editor.
The Asian Film Awards heaped praise - and the award for best male newcomer - on Oshiro Maeda of Japan. The teenager convinced Asian film industry insiders with his role in I Wish, about two young brothers who live separated in different cities and dream of reuniting. And he showed off his celebratory skills - and colorful outfit - as he walked the red carpet.
Black tie affair
Thai actor Mario Maurer got to strut the red carpet with his elegant outfit and hair. Robert Pattinson, be jealous!
Flowers of War
Ni Ni collected the award for best female newcomer proving that she can go head-to-head with award-winning Christian Bale, who co-starred with her in the Chinese movie The Flowers of War, for which she was honored. The purple flowers that were part of the stage design never seemed as fitting on this award night as at this moment.
Splash of color
Hong Kong hometown actor and singer Shawn Yue, who has also worked as a model, posed on the red carpet as he arrived for the big event that brings together the best in Asian cinematic talent. In case you were wondering, the multi-hyphenate knows how to bring the fizz as he has also been serving as a spokesmodel for Coca-Cola China.
Dressed for success
Hong Kong model and actress Jessica Cambensy may not have won any honors at the Hong Kong awards night, but she certainly looked the part on the red carpet.
The People's Choice
All smiles - that was how Hong Kong's Andy Lau (A Simple Life) and Philippine actress Eugene Domingo (The Woman in the Septic Tank) celebrated their awards for the people's favorite actor and actress. Think they got chemistry? We are sure someone must have come up with a pitch for a joint project for them that night.
Japanese star power
Japanese singer, actor and author Gackt strutted the carpet and brought his sunglasses - likely to protect himself from a wave of camera flashes. You may remember him from his international film debut in the film Bunraku at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2010.
Hong Kong actress Deanie Ip waved as she walked the red carpet earlier that night. But she didn't leave empty-handed. And she showed emotion on stage after receiving the best actress honor for her work in A Simple Life. Donny Domara of Indonesia was honored as best actor for Lovely Man, about a transvestite prostitute and the daughter he abandoned as a child. Ip had last year won the best actress award at the Venice International Film Festival.
Iranian actress Hatami may have made a name for herself with her role in a film about divorce, but in real life, she got to pose on the red carpet of the 6th Asian Film Awards with her family. A Separation, reportedly shot with a single camera in Tehran on a budget of less than $1 million, has won prizes at festivals around the globe.
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