It’s another award for the books.

Yeo Yann Yann held back tears of joy as she picked up another award for her sterling role in Anthony Chen’s feature film Ilo Ilo. She won Best Supporting Actress for her role, beating fellow nominees such as Taiwan’s Mavis Fan and South Korea’s Kim Young-ae at the Asian Film Awards Thursday.

This marks Ilo Ilo’s 26th award it has picked up in a sweep of awards at major festivals regionally and internationally. This is Yann Yann’s sixth award for her role in the film — she previously picked up the Best Supporting Actress award at the 50th Golden Horse Awards in Taipei.

“In modern life, when we encounter a lot of difficulties, our family members give us the biggest strength. So I hope you all can have this strength.” – Yeo Yann Yann, in her thank-you speech

The eighth edition of the Asian Film Awards was held in the House of Dancing Water Theatre in Macau. 12 jurors including celebrity juror Carina Lau decided the winners for 14 award categories. The award show is organised by the AFA Academy and the film festival organisers in Busan, Tokyo and Hong Kong.

Carina Lau

Carina Lau

Ilo Ilo director Anthony Chen missed out on scoring a win in the Best Director category though — that award went to the legendary Wong Kar Wai for The Grandmaster. That film picked up six other wins including Best Film and Best Actress.

Zhang Ziyi, who picked up the actress win for The Grandmaster, dedicated her award to spoke of one of the martial arts directors that was on MH370, the missing Malaysian flight. Kar Wai dedicated his speech to the missing director, calling the Malaysian government for more transparency in clarifying the situation soon.

Zhang Ziyi receives her award from celeb juror Carina Lau

Zhang Ziyi receives her award from celeb juror Carina Lau

A surprise win went to Irrfan Khan for the Best Actor category in Indian romance film The Lunchbox, beating favourites such as Tony Leung and Lee Kang Sheng. Top French fashion designer agnès b of her self-named label was present to award the Best Costume Designer and Best Production Designer trophies to William Chang Suk Ping (The Grandmaster), who collected both awards.

Photos: Asian Film Awards