Paolo Ballesteros wins Best Actor at Tokyo film fest, accepts award as ‘Julia Roberts’

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Paolo Ballesteros receives Best Actor at the Tokyo International Film Festival for his role in 'Die Beautiful'

'JULIA ROBERTS.' Actor Paolo Ballesteros celebrates dressed as Julia Roberts at the award ceremony after he won Best Actor in 'Die Beautiful' at the 29th Tokyo International Film Festival. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

MANILA, Philippines – Paolo Ballesteros won Best Actor at the Tokyo International Film Festival for his role in Die Beautiful.

The award was given to Paolo on Thursday, November 3.


 

Aside from a tweet from the festival’s official account, Paolo himself also acknowledged his win on Instagram.

In true Paolo fashion, he accepted his award in one of his makeup transformations. This time, he was Julia Roberts.

Paolo Ballesteros is Tokyo's Best Actor!!!!! #tiffjp #diebeautiful Thanks for Pamela Reyes for this photo!

A photo posted by Jun Robles Lana (@junrobleslana) on





TOKYO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL BEST ACTOR! Thank you!!! #DIEbeautiful #TIFFJP #orActress #JuliaRoberts

A photo posted by Paolo Ballesteros (@pochoy_29) on



“TOKYO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL BEST ACTOR! Thank you!!!” wrote Paolo.

He also posted a photo of himself with the festival’s Best Actress award winner, Lene Cecilia Sparrok. Lene starred in Sami Blood by Swedish-Sami director Amanda Kernell.

Best Actor and the real Best Actress @lenececilia Tokyo International Film Festival #TIFFJP #DIEbeautiful #samiBlood

A photo posted by Paolo Ballesteros (@pochoy_29) on



Aside from Paolo’s Best Actor award, Die Beautiful, directed by Jun Robles Lana, also won the festival’s Audience Award.


 

#DieBeautiful just won the Audience Award here at #tiffjp! We love you, Tokyo!

A photo posted by Jun Robles Lana (@junrobleslana) on


 

The Tokyo International Film Festival ran from October 25 to November 3.

According to the movie’s synopsis published on the Tokyo Film Festival website,Die Beautiful is the story of Trisha, a transgender woman who competes in beauty contests. As part of her request before her death, Trisha’s wish was to remain beautiful. – Rappler.com