AMY and A Girl in the River win at Oscars 2016

Two outstanding documentaries by Asian filmmakers – AMY and A Girl in the River – have won at the 88th Academy Awards on February 28, 2016.

AMY and A Girl in the River win at Oscars 2016

Asif Kapadia secured his first Oscar nomination and first win with AMY.

British Indian filmmaker Asif Kapadia and Pakistani-Canadian director Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy have won at the 88th Academy Award.

Asif won Best Documentary Feature for his critically acclaimed and commercially successful AMY (2015), based on the late singer Amy Winehouse.

Having been on a winning streak this award season, Asif secured his first Oscar nomination and first win with AMY.

Along with producer James Gay-Rees, he collected his Oscar from British actors Dev Patel and Daisy Ridley and said:

“This film is all about Amy, showing the world who she really was – not the tabloid persona, [but] the beautiful girl…someone special, someone who needed looking after.”

Meanwhile, Sharmeen picked up her second Oscar for A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness.

The Best Short Documentary winner examines honour killings in Pakistan. Accepting her award from comedian Louis C.K., she said: “This is what happens when determined women get together.

“Last week, our Pakistani prime minister has said that he will change the law of honour killing after watching this film. That is the power of film.”

AMY and A Girl in the River win at Oscars 2016Congratulating Sharmeen on her achievement, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said:

“Women like Ms. Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy are not only a pride for the Pakistani nation but are also a significant source of contribution towards the march of civilisation in the world.”

Sharmeen won in 2012 for Saving Face, a documentary film tackling the issue of acid attacks on Pakistani women.

Another welcomed Desi presence at the prestigious film award ceremony was Bollywood actress, Priyanka Chopra, who donned another eye-popping Zuhair Murad gown.

The real glamour, though, came from the US$8-million worth of jewellery worn by the 33-year-old star – a pair of 50 carat diamond front back earrings, a 22 carat diamond ring, a 10 carat diamond pinky ring and an 8 carat diamond bypass ring.

AMY and A Girl in the River win at Oscars 2016The Quantico star gave out Best Editing award to Margaret Sixel for Mad Max: Fury Road, which was the big winner of the night, nabbing six trophies altogether.

But the climatic moment was when Leonardo DiCaprio finally took home his long-awaited Oscar, while Sylvester Stallone was dubbed one of the biggest snubs this year after losing out to Mark Rylance.

Here is the full list of winners at the 88th Academy Awards:

BEST PICTURE
Spotlight

BEST DIRECTOR
Alejandro González Iñárritu, The Revenant

BEST ACTOR
Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant

BEST ACTRESS
Brie Larson, Room

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Spotlight

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
The Big Short

BEST ANIMATED FILM
Inside Out

BEST ANIMATED SHORT
Bear Story

BEST DOCUMENTARY
AMY

BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY
A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness

BEST SHORT FILM
Stutterer

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Son of Saul

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Mad Max: Fury Road

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
Mad Max: Fury Road

BEST MAKEUP AND HAIR
Mad Max: Fury Road

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
The Revenant

BEST EDITING
Mad Max: Fury Road

BEST SOUND EDITING
Mad Max: Fury Road

BEST SOUND MIXING
Mad Max: Fury Road

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Ex Machina

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Ennio Morricone, The Hateful Eight

BEST ORIGINAL SONG
Writing’s On The Wall, Spectre

Congratulations to all the winners!

Scarlett is an avid writer and pianist. Originally from Hong Kong, egg tart is her cure for homesickness. She loves music and film, enjoys travelling and watching sports. Her motto is “Take a leap, chase your dream, eat more cream.”

Images courtesy of AP


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