The nominations are out for the 7th Asian Film Awards, and only two nominees from the Philippines made the list — Nora Aunor and Eddie Garcia.
The two veteran thespians were nominated for their respective performances in “Thy Womb” and “Bwakaw”, the two Filipino films currently reaping the most accolades in the international festival circuit.
In November, they were also both nominated in the 55th Asia Pacific Film Festival. Garcia clinched the Best Actor award during the festival in Macau in mid-December for his portrayal of an old, ornery gay man in “Bwakaw”.
Before that, Aunor’s role as a barren Badjao midwife in “Thy Womb” earned her the Best Actress honors at the Asia-Pacific Screen Awards in Australia where “Thy Womb” director Brillante Mendoza was also named Best Director.
The Asian Film Awards is presented annually by the Hong Kong International Film Festival Society. This is the same prestigious award-giving body that last year named Shamaine Centenera-Buencamino Best Supporting Actress for “Nino” and gave the Best Actress People’s Choice Award to Eugene Domingo for “Ang Babae sa Septic Tank”.
The winners of the 7th Asian Film Awards will be announced at the presentation ceremony on March 18 in Hong Kong.
Turn to the next page for the full list of nominations.