Wong Kar-wai’s martial arts epic The Grandmaster received Oscar nods at the 86th Academy Awards and had the biggest crop of nominations at the 8th Asian Film Awards. It stars some of the greatest names in contemporary Asian cinema, including Zhang Ziyi, the leading actress in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Memoirs of a Geisha.

Paying tribute to its stunning aesthetics and mood-setting, which director Wong Kar-wai is so known for with his work on In the Mood For Love and 2046, The Grandmaster swept awards in the categories of cinematography, costume design, production design and composer.

Zhang Ziyi won Best Actress while Wong Kar-wai was awarded Best Director. It was also named Best Film. In both of their acceptance speeches, the MH370 tragedy was mentioned. It was revealed that one of their martial arts stuntman had been a passenger on the Malaysian Airlines flight that went missing on 8 March. Wong Kar-wai dedicated the Best Film award to his team, offering his deepest condolences to the families of the victims. He also called upon the Malaysian government to be more transparent in its clarification of the situation.

List of Winners:

Lifetime Achievement:
Hou Hsiao-Hsien

Best Film:
The Grandmaster

Best Director:
Wong Kar-wai, The Grandmaster

Best Actor:
Irrfan Khan, The Lunchbox

Best Actress:
Zhang Ziyi, The Grandmaster

Best Newcomer:
Jiang Shuying, So Young

Best Supporting Actor:
Huang Bo, No Man’s Land

Best supporting actress:
Yeo Yann Yann, Ilo Ilo

Best Screenwriter:
Ritesh Batra, The Lunchbox

Best Cinematographer:
Philippe Le Sourd, The Grandmaster

Best Production Designer:
William Chang Suk Ping, Alfred Yau Wai Ming, The Grandmaster

Best Composer:
Nathaniel Mechaly, Umebayashi Shigeru, The Grandmaster

Best Editor:
Shin Min-kyung, Cold Eyes

Best Visual Effects:
Jung Sung-jin, Mr Go

Best Costume designer:
William Chang Suk Ping, The Grandmaster