The second Malaysia Golden Global Awards was a star-studded affair which took place at KLCC Plenary Hall on Mar 3.
Russian film Tesnota (Closeness) came out on top with four major awards: Best Film, Best Actress (Darya Zhovnar), Best Supporting Actor (Artem Cipin) and Best New Director (Kantemir Balagov).
Chinese film Angels Wear White was another big winner with three awards. Chinese director-producer Vivian Qu won Best Director and Best Screenplay, while the movie’s young star Zhou Mei Jun won Best Supporting Actress.
The Best Actor Award went to Iranian actor Hamed Behdad for Iranian social drama Blockage.
Despite being one of the most nominated films, Malaysian tearjerker Shuttle Life only took home the Audience Choice Award.
Awards presenters include Australian-Hong Kong cinematographer Christopher Doyle, Hong Kong actors Simon Yam and Teresa Mo, Malaysian actresses Vanida Imran, Lee Sinje, and Fish Liew, Malaysian directors Dain Said and Namron, South Korean director Kim Dong-ho, Japanese director Naomi Kawase, Taiwanese director Lee Lieh, and Vietnamese-French director Tranh Anh Hung.
Local television celebrities Owen Yap and Daphne Iking served at emcees for the night, while Chrystina Ng was the red carpet emcee.
Audiences were entertained with performances by Malaysian artistes Gin Lee, Nicole Lai, and Adibah Noor.
The Award Winners
Best Film: Tesnota (Russia)
Best Director: Vivian Qu (Angels Wear White, China/France)
Best New Director: Kantemir Balagov (Tesnota, Russia)
Best Actor: Hamed Behdad (Blockage, Iran)
Best Actress: Darya Zhovnar (Tesnota, Russia)
The Best Supporting Actor: Artem Cipin (Tesnota, Russia)
The Best Supporting Actress: Zhou Mei Jun (Angels Wear White, China/France)
Best Screenplay: Vivian Qu (Angels Wear White, China/France)
Best Cinematography: Anggi Frisca (The Seen And Unseen, Indonesia/Netherlands/Australia/Qatar)
Lifetime Achievement Award: Ann Hui (Hong Kong)
New Hope Award: A Letter To The President (Afghanistan)
The Audience Choice Award: Shuttle Life (Malaysia)