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WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 33895 [post_author] => 4 [post_date] => 2015-02-23 04:27:56 [post_date_gmt] => 2015-02-23 04:27:56 [post_content] => WHILE the 87th Annual Academy Awards were held in Hollywood this week, sadly there were few Asia-Pacific actors, actresses, directors or other professionals in this year's finalists. However films from the region have been nominated over the years featuring its stunning landscapes, cultures and backdrops, along with its many talented directors, actors and artists. While there are of course numerous other film awards and accolades to be noted, this list below takes us on a stroll down the Asia-Pacific's Academy hall of fame. Best Picture Ang Lee's beautiful 2012 film Life of Pi was nominated for the Best Picture award at the 85th Academy Awards. The film featured the Indian actor Suraj Sharma as the young Pi on the boat. He was born in New Delhi and chosen by Ang for his expressive eyes and innocence. It was his film debut, made more remarkable as much of the film is a solo act and it hinges around his performance. The first half of the film was shot on location in Pondicherry in south India in the beautiful old French quarter. Ang Lee's film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon was nominated for the best picture award in 2000, but actually won the foreign language film category that year. [caption id="attachment_33897" align="aligncenter" width="654"]The French Quarter in Pondicherry. Pic: The Guardian. The French Quarter in Pondicherry used for filming in Life of Pi. Pic: The Guardian.[/caption] The beautiful A Room with a View (1986) was shot very far from any Asia-Pacific soil but the producer, Ismail Merchant, was an Indian born film producer and director, working on other famed productions such as Howard's End (1991) and The Remains of the Day (1993) which were also nominated for Best Picture in their respective years. Merchant was born in Mumbai and went to New York when he was 22 where he was able to persuade Indian delegates to fund his film projects. He collaborated with director James Ivory and they formed the production company Merchant Ivory Productions, the longest partnership in independent cinema history that produced nearly 40 films, including some award winners. Kiwi director Peter Jackson has of course put New Zealand well and truly on the cinema map and has been regularly nominated for best picture and best director awards at the Academy, particularly for The Lord of the Rings trilogy. The culmination of this series, The Return of the King (2003), won in three categories including best picture, best director and best adapted screenplay in 2004.  This film featured some of the most dramatic of the New Zealand landscapes and include Hobbiton at Matamata, Mount Doom at Mount Ruapehu, the Paths of the Dead at the Pinnacles and the Ride of the Rohirrim in Twizel. [caption id="attachment_30272" align="aligncenter" width="654"]An Air New Zealand Boeing 777-300 aircraft decorated with scenes and characters from The Hobbit. Pic: AP. An Air New Zealand Boeing 777-300 aircraft decorated with scenes and characters from The Hobbit. Pic: AP.[/caption] Best Actor and Supporting Actor Ben Kingsley has twice been nominated for a best actor award and won in 1982 for his portrayal of Mahatma Gandhi in Gandhi. He was of course born in England but his father was of Gujurati descent. For this reason, his portrayal of such an important Indian figure and because the film was shot almost entirely in India it has been included in this list. Gandhi's enormous funeral scene in the film was filmed at the Viceroy's Palace in Delhi, where the real event took place, and has a Guinness World Record for its 300,000 extras. The assassination was also filmed where it actually happened in Gandhi Smitri in New Delhi. The film was actually nominated in 11 categories and won in eight including Best Picture. The first Asian actor to win an Academy Award was Yul Brynner for this portrayal of King Mongkut of Siam in The King and I (1956).  Brynner was of Mongolian Buryat descent but born in Russia. Asian actors have done quite well in the category of Best Supporting Actor over the years. In 2003 the versatile Ken Watanabe (Japan) was nominated for his portrayal of Lord Katsumoto in The Last Samurai. Some scenes in this film were shot in Kyoto and Himeji (Engyō-ji temple complex) but the majority were shot in the Taranaki region of New Zealand because it has a lot of forest and farmland and Mount Taranaki resembles Mount Fuji. Ken Watanabe has also received critical acclaim for his role as the Chairman in Memoirs of a Geisha (some scenes shot in Kyoto), his portrayal of businessman Saito in Inception (initial scenes shot in Tokyo) and his role in Letters from Iwo Jima (special permission was granted to film some scenes on Iwo Jima). [caption id="attachment_33898" align="aligncenter" width="654"]Ken Watanabe in The Last Samurai. Pic: electroshadow.com Ken Watanabe in The Last Samurai. Pic: electroshadow.com[/caption] Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress Asian actresses have done quite well in the Best Supporting Actress category. The first Asian to win in the category was Miyoshi Umeki in 1957 for the film Sayonara, however most readers will probably remember Rinko Kikuchi's (Japan) fantastic portayal of the deaf-mute girl in the 2006 film Babel or Hailee Steinfeld (American-Filipino) in the Coen brother's 2010 western True Grit. The Japanese scenes in Babel were filmed in Tokyo and feature the Ishioka City Centre Gymansium, the J-Pop Cafe in Shibuya, the famed Shibuya crossing and the Womb nightclub also in Shibuya. Moving to Australia, and the blonde, elven-featured Cate Blanchett has won two Academy Awards. The first was as a supporting actress for her portrayal of Katharine Hepburn in The Aviator (2005). In 2014 she won the leading role category for Blue Jasmine (2013). Blanchett has been widely received on stage and in numerous films, including her prized role as Galadriel in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. [caption id="attachment_33899" align="aligncenter" width="654"]Rinko Kikuchi Rinko Kikuchi in Babel. Pic: imgkid.com[/caption] Best Director Ang Lee has been nominated three times in this category for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000), Brokeback Mountain (2005) and Life of Pi (2012). He won the category in the last two films becoming the first Asian to win in 2005.  Lee grew up in an agricultural county in Taiwan. He went to the US in 1979 intent on being an actor, but he turned to directing when he struggled speaking English. As noted above under best picture, Kiwi Peter Jackson won a best director award for The Return of the King. He was also nominated in this category for the Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers. Best Foreign Language Film Ang Lee's 2000 film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon was nominated for no less than 11 Academy Awards, winning in four categories (Best Foreign Language Film, Best Art Direction, Best Original Score and Best Cinematography). This film from Taiwan featured an international cast of ethnic Chinese actors but as each had different accents this made it challenging. The actors also performed their own stunts with some incredible martial arts and action sequences. The film was made in Beijing and included superb locations in the provinces of Anhui, Hebei, Jiangsu and Xinjiang. Some of the scenes were also shot in the Gobi Desert. [caption id="attachment_33900" align="aligncenter" width="654"]Ang Lee poses with his award for best directing for "Life of Pi" during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday Feb. 24, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP) Ang Lee poses with his award for best directing for "Life of Pi" during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday Feb. 24, 2013, in Los Angeles. Pic: AP.[/caption] Feel free to add to this list. 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Asia-Pacific films, locations and artists at the Oscars

Asia-Pacific films, locations and artists at the Oscars
February 23, 2015 - 0 Comments - Jo Lane

WHILE the 87th Annual Academy Awards were held in Hollywood this week, sadly there were few Asia-Pacific actors, actresses, directors or other professionals in this year’s finalists. However films from the region have been nominated over the years featuring its stunning landscapes, cultures and backdrops, along with its many talented directors, actors and artists. While there are of course numerous other film awards and accolades to be noted, this list below takes us on a stroll down the Asia-Pacific’s Academy hall of fame.

The 10 best and worst travel moments of 2014

The 10 best and worst travel moments of 2014
December 5, 2014 - 0 Comments - Jo Lane

TRAVEL is always beset with highs and lows and this year in the Asia-Pacific region it has been no different. While the Malaysian air tragedies, the ferry disaster in South Korea and the avalanches in Nepal have painted the year in sadder hues, there have also been brighter moments as well. Covering India, Malaysia, New…>

Lanterns banned near airports for Thailand’s Loy Krathong festival

Lanterns banned near airports for Thailand’s Loy Krathong festival
November 4, 2014 - 0 Comments - Travel Wire Asia

REVELERS in northern Thailand have been asked not to launch sky lanterns near airports to avoid airborne accidents during a popular festival later this week.

Thailand lifts curfew in Phuket, Pattaya and Samui

Thailand lifts curfew in Phuket, Pattaya and Samui
June 3, 2014 - 1 Comments - Travel Wire Asia

THAILAND’S military junta has lifted a curfew at three popular beach resorts but said the restriction imposed after its May 22 coup will stay in place for the rest of the country, including the capital, Bangkok.

6 of Queensland’s ultimate sports events

6 of Queensland’s ultimate sports events
April 30, 2014 - 0 Comments - Jo Lane

AUSTRALIA’S sunshine state, Queensland, is a mecca for outdoor events, so if you like combining your holidays with a bit of hoof to pavement, an ocean swim, a triathlon or bike ride, this is the place to come.

6 places to enjoy the Asia-Pacific love affair with camels

6 places to enjoy the Asia-Pacific love affair with camels
April 25, 2014 - 1 Comments - Jo Lane

CAMELS grace the deserts, grasslands and mountains of Asia-Pacific from places as diverse as India, China, Mongolia, Pakistan and Australia. They are much loved and even celebrated around the region for their contributions as working animals and for providing milk and meat and hair.

More Philippines airlines to fly to US after safety ruling

More Philippines airlines to fly to US after safety ruling
April 10, 2014 - 0 Comments - Travel Wire Asia

OFFICIALS say U.S. aviation authorities have cleared Philippine airlines to increase flights to the United States after safety standards improved.

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