By now, more people in the audience of the 17th Bangkok Critics Assembly Awards were at least familiar with and perhaps had even seen the indie romantic drama Wonderful Town, which last month took the Thai mainstream film industry's Subhanahongsa Awards by surprise.
For the Bangkok Critics Assembly Awards last night, Wonderful Town won five out the 11 prizes, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Cinematography. It had been nominated in nine categories.
Anchalee Saisoontorn was named Best Actress for her role in Wonderful Town as a mournfully lonely owner of a small-town hotel who is wooed by a big-city architect. She was passed over for a nomination by the Subhanahongsa Awards.
And Wonderful Town shared the Best Editing prize with the GTH horror omnibus 4Bia.
Ananda Everingham repeated his Subhanahongsa success, winning Best Actor from the Critics for his role as an obsessed caretaker boyfriend to a comatose woman in Mono Film's Happy Birthday.
Supporting actor and actress prizes were also a repeat from the industry's kudosfest, with veteran actor Sorapong Chatree winning for Sahamongkol's Tony Jaa vehicle Ong-Bak 2 and teenage actress Focus Jirakul winning for the GTH romantic comedy Hormones (Pidterm Yai Huajai Wawun) .
Another big winner was Kongdej Jaturanrasamee who won Best Screenplay for his romantic comedy Handle Me With Care (Kod), which was also honored for Best Score.
Here's the complete list of winners at the 17th Bangkok Critics Assembly Awards:
- Best Picture: Wonderful Town (Pop Pictures)
- Best Director: Aditya Assarat (Wonderful Town)
- Best Actor: Ananda Everingham (Happy Birthday)
- Best Actress: Anchalee Saisoontorn (Wonderful Town)
- Best Supporting Actor: Sorapong Chatree (Ong-Bak 2)
- Best Supporting Actress: Focus Jirakul (Hormones)
- Best Screenplay: Kongdej Jaturanrasamee (Handle Me With Care)
- Best Cinematography: MR Umpornpol Yugala (Wonderful Town)
- Best Editing (tie): Vitcha Gojiew, Thammarat Sumethasupphachok, Paween Purijitpanya, Surawut Tungkharak (4Bia) and Lee Chatametikool (Wonderful Town)
- Best Score: Hualumphong Riddim and Wichon Watanasap (Handle Me With Care)
- Best Art Direction: Ek Iamchuen, Bunphot Ngamkum, Rach-chanon Kayanngan, Suprasit Putakham, Wikrom Jenpanus (Queens of Langkasuka)
- Lifetime Achievement Award: Visute Poolvoralaks (GTH)
- AIS Award for Most Popular Thai Film: Ong-Bak 2
Update: Pop Pictures has more on Wonderful Town's win and the ceremony.
(Via Deknang/Popcornmag; photo via Entertain Station)