WarnerMedia’s HBO & Cartoon Network pick up 4 Asian Academy Creative Awards

PHILIPPINES, DECEMBER 8, 2020: HBO Asia Originals bagged three wins at the 2020 Asian Academy Creative Awards (AAA). Yeo Yann Yann swept the Best Actress award for her moving role as a mother to a teenage son with autism in Invisible Stories, while Takumi Saitoh won the Best Director award for his episode in the anthology series Food Lore at the Gala Awards Final which took place on December 4.

The HBO Asia Original movie The Garden Of Evening Mists by Astro Shaw and HBO Asia claimed the Best Feature Film award at the Grand Awards announced on 3 December.

HBO’s sibling channel brand Cartoon Network picked up another win for its original animated series Lamput, the third time in a row it has won in the Best Children’s Programme category.

Stream or download these award-winning titles on HBO GO.

Best Actress in a Leading Role – Yeo Yann Yann

Invisible Stories shines light into dark corners and tells untold stories from the heartlands in a fictional neighbourhood housing estate in multi-cultural Singapore. Filmed entirely on location in Singapore, Lian (played by Yeo Yann Yann) is the story of a burnt out and financially-drained single mother struggling to cope with her 19-year-old son with autism, who displays aggressive behaviours during meltdowns following the sudden death of his grandmother, who was his main caregiver.

Best Director (Fiction) – Takumi Saitoh (Food Lore: Life In A Box)

Food Lore explores human conditions with narratives inspired by Asian cuisines. In the episode Food Lore: Life In A Box directed by Takumi Saitoh, the lonely paths of an uninspired picture book author, a recent widower and his teenage daughter, and an elderly retired wrestler intersect during a quiet train ride away from busy Tokyo as the group revisits memories long forgotten and rediscovers hope on their journey of nostalgia, memory and love. The episode was set and filmed in Japan.

Best Feature Film – The Garden Of Evening Mists

The film tells the story of Teoh Yun Ling (played by Sinje Lee) who, embittered from atrocities of World War II in Malaya, seeks solace in the rolling hills of Cameron Highlands. There, she discovers Yugiri, the only Japanese garden in Malaya and its mysterious owner Nakamura Aritomo (played by Hiroshi Abe). He reluctantly accepts her as an apprentice so that she can build a garden in homage of her beloved sister who perished in a labour camp. As Yugiri reveals secrets of its own, Yun Ling and Aritomo embark on a forbidden love affair.

Best Children’s Programme – Lamput

Winner of this award for the third consecutive year is the loveable, Emmy-nominated cartoon Lamput. Made in India, but well-loved globally courtesy of Cartoon Network, this series keeps gaining plaudits for its hilarious non-dialogue chase antics starring an ever-morphing orange blob.

Other notable WarnerMedia entries in the AAAs included Miller Khan who claimed the Best Actor in a Supporting Role Goddess award for Malaysia’s The Bridge, which aired on HBO GO and HBO, and Pretty Little Liars, a Warner Bros. format in Indonesia, which got the nod for “Best Adaptation of an Existing Format”.

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About HBO Asia

HBO is part of WarnerMedia’s portfolio of brands and available to viewers in 25 territories in Asia. In addition to its award-winning HBO Original series, movies and documentaries, HBO Asia Originals tell compelling stories from around the region. Original programming is supplemented by exclusive, first-run content from major Hollywood and independent studios. In Asia, companion channels and services include HBO Signature, HBO Family, HBO Hits, Cinemax, Warner TV, HBO On Demand, 鼎级剧场 (Ding Ji Theatre) as well as Asian channels, Red by HBO and Oh!K. HBO GO is a regional streaming service that offers a mix of originals and acquired content – including kids content from Cartoon Network – available to download or stream anytime, anywhere. Log on to www.hboasia.com and www.hbogoasia.com for more information.

About Cartoon Network Asia Pacific

Cartoon Network, the leading kids’ channel in Asia Pacific, offers the best in original animated content including the multi-award-winning global hits Ben 10The Powerpuff GirlsTeen Titans Go!Adventure Time and We Bare Bears; and Asia Pacific originals including Monster Beach and the International Emmy-nominated Lamput.

Cartoon Network is available in 17 languages and in more than 135 million pay-TV homes in 29 countries throughout Asia Pacific. Internationally, it is seen in 192 countries and over 400 million homes, and is an industry leader with a global offering of the best in award-winning animated entertainment for kids and families.

The brand is known for putting its fans at the centre of everything by applying creative thinking and innovation across multiple platforms. Cartoon Network also reaches millions more through its websites, games, partner platforms like HBO GO, and apps including Cartoon Network Watch and Play. In Asia Pacific, Cartoon Network, companion brand to Boomerang and POGO, is created and distributed by WarnerMedia International. This e-mail is intended only for the use of the addressees. Any copying, forwarding, printing or other use of this e-mail by persons other than the addressees is not authorized. This e-mail may contain information that is privileged, confidential and exempt from disclosure. If you are not the intended recipient, please notify us immediately by return e-mail (including the original message in your reply) and then delete and discard all copies of the e-mail. Thank you.

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