Eddie Garcia was named best actor at the 55th Asia Pacific Film Festival in Macau on Saturday. He won the award for his portrayal of a grumpy old gay man in “Bwakaw”, besting five other nominees from the region.
The news was relayed by the film’s director Jun Lana on his Facebook account minutes after midnight.
The 83-year-old actor-director attended the festival at the Venetian Hotel in China’s gambling capital and accepted the award himself. Lana said Garcia received a standing ovation.
Garcia’s victory coincided with another happy development related to “Bwakaw”, the Philippine entry to the Best Foreign Language Film category of next year’s Academy Awards.
“Just received back-to-back good news: Eddie Garcia won best actor at the Asia Pacific Film Awards in Macau and got a standing ovation! Also, Bwakaw is fifth in Top 10 Best Unreleased Films of 2012 according to Film Comment’s survey of international film critics & journalists!” Lana said on Facebook early Sunday morning.
The 58-year-old Asia Pacific Film Festival, which concludes on Sunday, should not be mistaken for the Australia-based Asia Pacific Screen Awards where Nora Aunor and Brillante Mendoza won best actress and director honors for “Thy Womb” last month.
Aunor was also nominated for her work in “Thy Womb” at the Asia Pacific Film Festival, but the award went to Taiwanese actress Gwai Lun-mei for her role in the film ”Gf*Bf.”
“Bwakaw” premiered in July at the 2012 Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival where it won three awards, including best actor.