Philippine Cinema has never been prouder until today that two veteran actors in the country bagged the top acting awards at the 7th Asian Film Awards. Both Nora Aunor and Eddie Garcia were applauded and recognized for their poignant performances on their respective films Thy Womb and Bwakaw.
Aunor vied with South Korea’s Cho Min-soo (Pieta), Afghanistan’s Golshifteh Farahani (The Patience Stone), Taiwan’s Gwei Lun-mei (GF BF) and China’s Hao Lei (Mystery). Meanwhile, Garcia bagged two Best Actor trophies with one being the Best Actor People’s Choice Award beating Taiwan’s Joseph Chang (GFBF), South Korea’s Choi Min-sik (Nameless Gangster Rules of The Time), Hong Kong’s Tony Leung Kai Fai (Cold War) and China’s Liu Ye (The Last Supper).
It’s the 3rd international award for Ms. Aunor’s performance in ‘Thy Womb’ after her victories for the Bisato d’Oro (Golden Eel) prize at the 69th Venice International Film Festival and the 6th Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) in Brisbane, Australia. It’s the 2nd international award for Mr. Garcia’s performance in ‘Bwakaw’ after the Asian International Film Festival in Macau not to mention their local awards at MMFF and Cinemalaya.