Chow, Yeoh take film thesp kudos; Wong, Agena top TV

HOLLYWOOD — Ang Lee’s “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” pounced on the competition and took away the three major film honors, including best Hollywood picture, at the second annual Ammy Awards.

Presented Saturday by aMedia at Los Angeles’s Orpheum Theater, the kudofest recognized Asian and Asian American achievement in motion pictures and TV over the past year.

Pic also took nods for male actor (Chow Yun-Fat) and female actor (Michelle Yeoh) in a cinematic production.

Cinematic awards were also presented for independent feature (“The Debut”), foreign feature (“In the Mood for Love”), short film (“The Pink Palace”) and documentary (“E-Dreams”).

As for TV recipients, B.D. Wong earned male actor in a televised production kudos for HBO’s “Oz” and Keiko Agena took the female actor nod for the WB dramedy “Gilmore Girls.”

The aMedia Action! Award, highlighting significant civic contributions, went to the National Asian American Telecommunications Assn. (NAATA). Veteran actress Tsai Chin (“The Joy Luck Club”) was feted with the aLifetime Achievement Award.

All nominees were chosen by almost 7,000 aMagazine readers via online and mail-in surveys. A panel of industryites from the Asian American entertainment community selected final winners.

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