DEC 2nd [SINGAPORE] – Island nation Singapore stunned the heavyweight competition on the opening night of the Asian Academy Creative Awards.
Of the first 20 Grand Awards, Singapore claimed an impressive 5 of the coveted ‘Goddess of Creativity’ statuettes.
From the opening award it was Singapore for ‘The Apprentice: One Championship Edition’, then local short film ‘Spectrum’ won a hotly contested international competition. CNA won Best Infotainment and Best News / Current Affairs Anchor, thanks to Steven Chia. Beach House and Mediacorp teamed up to claim Best Editing and place the exclamation mark on an outstanding opening campaign.
Australia’s celebrated Method Studios claimed a piece of awards history, winning the visual effects category 4 years running thanks to ‘Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway’ for Columbia Pictures. SBS Australia also dominated the documentary categories, picking up two trophies (although not without surviving a countback result against the Philippines for one).
India joined Australia and Japan on 3 wins, with Netflix collecting Best Sound for ‘Pagglait”. BBC News scored for Best Single News Story and streamer MX Player won the Branded category. Japan was quick to make its presence felt, winning its 3 golds inside 8 categories including animated feature ‘Earwig and the Witch’ from NHK and Studio Ghibli.
Taiwan had sat winless right up until the final award of the evening when Singaporean actress Constance Lau and WarnerMedia’s Clement Schwebig announced the victor as “Kill For Love from Studio76.
The Asian Academy Creative Awards continue with a further 18 categories to be announced at Friday’s Gala Final. It promises to be an enthralling competition with the acting and Best Drama Series awards yet to be decided. Fifteen nations and territories are competing at this year’s event across 38 categories.
The Gala Awards will be preceded by a star-studded virtual red carpet featuring celebrities from right across Asia-Pac. Broadcast partners include Viu TV in Hong Kong, Taiwan Plus, iWant IFC in Philippines, MeWatch in Singapore, Danet Vietnam, VTV4Cab Vietnam as well as the global Facebook first livestream to the fans @asianacademycreativeawards.