Eugene Domingo has earned a Best Actress nomination in the 6th Asian Film Awards for her performance in The Woman in the Septic Tank (Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank).
The comedienne played multiple characters in Ang Babae sa Septic Tank, a comedy/parody that pokes fun at independent filmmaking.
She will compete against Michelle Chen of You are the Apple of My Eye (Taiwan); Vidya Balan of The Dirty Picture (India); Leila Hatami of Nader and Simin, A Separation (Iran); and Deanie IP of A Simple Life (Hong Kong).
Another Filipina, Shamaine Buencamino, will also compete in the 6th edition of the Asian Film Awards.
She was recognized for her performance in Niño, a film about a family being torn apart by financial problems.
In the Best Supporting Actress category, Shamaine is pitted against Gwei Lun-mei of The Flying Swords of Dragon Gate (Hong Kong / Mainland China); Cris Horwang of Headshot (Thailand); Mitsushima Hikari of Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai (Japan); and Yan Ni of 11 Flowers (Mainland China / France).
Chris Martinez is also nominated for Best Screenwriter for his screenplay of Ang Babae sa Septic Tank, which tackles the creative process involved in producing a movie.
Aside from Chris, the other nominees for the Best Screenwriter category are: Asghar Farhadi of Nader and Simin, A Separation (Iran); Shindo Kaneto of Postcard (Japan); Liu Heng and Yan Geling of The Flowers of War (Mainland China); and Alan MAK and Felix Chong of Overheard 2 (Hong Kong).
Also nominated for Best Supporting Actor category is Thai actor Mario Maurer for his role as a monk in Outrage, a Thai film.
Mario recently visited the Philippines as part of his endorsement deal for a local clothing brand.
According to its official website, the Asian Film Awards is "a pioneering programme honouring filmmakers with outstanding achievements in the field of Asian cinema."
Presented by the Hong Kong International Film Festival Society, the 6th Asian Film Awards will be held on March 19, 2012.
EUGENE IS PRESENTOR. Eugene has also been chosen as one of the presentors for the ceremony that will take place at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Meanwhile, Ang Babae sa Septic Tank is one of the 63 submitted films vying for consideration in the Foreign Language Film category of the 84th Academy Awards.
Directed by Marlon Rivera, Ang Babae sa Septic Tank is described by The Hollywood Reporters as follows:
"Rivera pops the pretension of his country’s art house film industry with this cheeky parody, set in the mode of the mockumentary. Full of jabs at Filipino directors and their gritty-poverty aesthetic so beloved on the international circuit, the film has the pace, style and laughs to appeal beyond the festival crowd."
The five nominees for the Best Foreign Language Film category will be announced on January 24 at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater.
The Oscar winner of the Best Foreign Language Film will be announced on February 26, 2012, at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood.