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Singapore film Ilo Ilo has won another award, this time at the 56th Asia-Pacific Film Festival in Macau. Yeo Yann Yann won the Best Supporting Actress award for her role in the film.
MACAU: Singapore film Ilo Ilo has won another award, this time at the 56th Asia-Pacific Film Festival in Macau.
Yeo Yann Yann won the Best Supporting Actress award for her role in the film.
The movie had also been nominated for three other categories - Best Picture, Best Screenplay and Best Actress. It did not win in those categories.
Film director Anthony Chen was in the running for Best Picture but Japanese director Hirokazi Koreeda's film "Like Father Like Son" beat him to the punch.
Mr Chen wasn't disappointed with the outcome.
"The top prizes went to a director that I respect a lot. I really admire his work. Hirokazi Koreeda - I know all his films. So (I am) very very pleased with the result."
Ms Yeo revealed that she didn't let her full feelings show on stage but was later overcome with emotion at the meet-the-press session.
"To think back to the incredible journey that we have had with Ilo Ilo, it's unbelievable - sitting there, seeing so many people and so many press (people) in front of me. It's real and at the same time unreal and it's really exciting," she said.
Filipino Angeli Bayani, who played the domestic helper in the film, lost out in the Best Actress category.
The Best Actress award went to Zhang Ziyi for her role in Wong Kar Wai's "The Grandmaster".
Ilo Ilo is set against the backdrop of the 1997 Asian financial crisis.
It explores the relationship between a family of three and its Filipino maid.
Ilo Ilo, which has already won the coveted Camera d'Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, surprised many and won big at the recent Golden Horse Awards, clinching Best Feature Film, Best New Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress.
Up next, will it be the Oscars for Ilo Ilo? It is Singapore's official entry in the Best Foreign Language category of the Academy Awards.
The shortlist will be unveiled on January 16.