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Mikey McCleary bags best composer award for 'Margarita, With a Straw' at AFA

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NEW DELHI: Although India dominated the Asian Film Awards nominations with three Indian films shortlisted for seven awards, it managed to walk away with just one award: Mikey McCleary got the best composer award for Margarita, With a Straw.

Korean talent received rounds of applause at a lavish ceremony in Macau, but the biggest prizes at the Awards went to the Chinese. 

The Best film went to Lou Ye’s Blind Massage, while Ann Hui was named as best director for The Golden Era.

The biggest cheers of the evening, however, went to the veteran Korean director Im Kwon-taek, who collected a lifetime achievement award.

The event had been transferred from Hong Kong to Macau last year for the first time, and it is the second year the awards have been organized and presented as a joint effort by three film festivals — Hong Kong, Busan and Tokyo.

A total of 42 Asian films competed for 14 categories.  

From India, Haider had four nominations: Best Film, Best Director Vishal Bhardwaj, Best Supporting Actress Tabu, and Best Production Design.

Kalki Koechlin was also nominated for her performance in Margarita, With a Straw.

Court, which got the best National Film Award this year was nominated for director Chaitanya Tamhane’s screenplay.

Im Kwon-taek is the longest-working director in South Korea, and has directed 102 films since 1962. His latest film Revivre screened at the Hong Kong International Film Festival earlier this month.

Past recipients of the AFA's Lifetime Achievement Award include Amitabh Bachchan, Ann Hui and Raymond Chow.

Im Kwon-taek (born May 2, 1936) is one of South Korea's most renowned film directors. As of spring 2013, he has directed 101 films.

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