The 33-year-old Pinoy celebrity was titled Best Actor for his successin portraying a transgender woman in “Die Beautiful,” a drama by director Jun Robles Lana. Paolo Ballesteros chose to acknowledge his win putting on one of his popular makeup transformations as Hollywood star Julia Roberts and delivered his acceptance speech.
Paolo Ballesteros said “I thought today, it was just going to be a red carpet parade, which is why I wore a dress, First, I would like to thank the Tokyo International Film Festival and the members of the jury for embracing our film. I thought I was up for Best Actress.”
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“To the organizers, to the programmers, to the volunteers, you have been very helpful and gracious to us during our stay here in Japan.
“To the man behind the film, Direk Jun, thank you very much for entrusting to me Trisha’s character. To our producer Sir Perci, our staff, and the whole production, thank you very much for your professionalism and the gift of new friendship.
“To Ms. Liza Dino-Seguerra, thank you for your support. To my family, my daughter Keira, my cats and my dogs, this is all for you.”
“Die Beautiful” also won the Audience Choice award.
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