Yeo Yann Yann wins Best Supporting Actress at Asian Film Festival

Malaysia actress Yeo Yann Yann did her country proud when she won the Best Supporting Actress award at the Asian Film Awards (AFA) last night, for her role as in Singaporean film Ilo Ilo.

Yeo's role as a pregnant mother struggling during a recession in Singapore had previously won her the best supporting actress award at last year's 50th Golden Horse Awards (the Chinese equivalent of the Oscars), and she followed that up with a win at the 8th edition of the AFA, held in Macau's City of Dreams for the very first time. Yeo is currently based in Singapore.

The big winner of the night was eclectic Hong Kong director Wong Kar-Wai's martial arts biopic The Grandmaster, which swept seven awards, including best picture, best director. Zhang Ziyi also won Best Actress for her role in the movie.

While receiving his best director award, Wong paid tribute to one of the film's martial arts directors and stuntmen, Ju Kun, who was one of the passengers on the ill-fated MH370 flight.

Indian director Ritesh Batra's The Lunchbox won two awards - best screenplay, and best actor for Irfan Khan.

The Asian Film Awards were conceived in 2007 to acknowledge films from all over Asia, including India, China, South East Asia, and the Middle East.