Two Singapore films took home three coveted awards at the 56th Golden Horse Awards held last night (Nov 23) at Taipei’s Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall.

Yeo Yann Yann was named Best Actress for her performance as a Chinese language teacher weathering an emotional storm in Anthony Chen’s Wet Season, while Yeo Siew Hua’s missing-persons crime noir A Land Imagined bagged Best Original Screenplay and Best Original Score.

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Winning Season: Yeo Yann Yann won Best Actress for 'Wet Season' at the 56th Golden Horse Awards. It's her second Golden Horse statuette; her first was for Best Supporting Actress for 'Ilo Ilo' in 2013.  

In her acceptance speech, a teary Yeo thanked her director Chen and cast-mates Yang Shi Bing and Koh Jia Ler (both Best Supporting Actor nominees) as well as late mentor and theatre pioneer Kuo Pao Kun. The Singapore-based Malaysian had previously won Best Supporting Actress for Ilo Ilo in 2013.

Later in a backstage interview, Yeo said, “I think I forgot to thank my family. I want to thank my family in Malaysia and Singapore. Without their support, I wouldn’t have achieved what I’ve achieved. Also, please Singapore audiences, please support our film in the cinemas!”

She added, “I also want to thank all the women in the world — your perseverance and kindness will forever inspire me.”