Oscar comes home: Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy reminisces her golden moments

Published: March 10, 2012
Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy, a Pakistani filmmaker holds her Oscar award trophy as she posses for media after a news conference in Karachi on March 10, 2012. PHOTO: REUTERS

Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy, a Pakistani filmmaker holds her Oscar award trophy as she posses for media after a news conference in Karachi on March 10, 2012. PHOTO: REUTERS

KARACHI: The Oscar that every Pakistani was immensely proud of finally reached Pakistan early morning on Saturday.

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, the Pakistani filmmaker who recently won an Oscar for her film Saving Face, shared her proud moments at a press conference in Karachi.

Reminiscing the golden moments of receiving the Oscar, Sharmeen said that she felt like a star at the ceremony and narrated how her heart stopped when the announcer fumbled a little after saying “and the winner is…”

“When I heard the name of Saving Face, at first I thought I was repeating the name myself. It was only when Daniel [co-director of Saving Face] got up to receive the award, then I felt that ‘Yes, we have won’.

There is no other feeling I can describe, it was the most incredible feeling ever.”

Sharmeen was so awe-struck at bagging the world’s most precious award that she cannot remember what exactly happened after she got on the stage. “I recalled what I had said in my speech only after I watched it on TV.”

With the golden statue placed in front of the stage, Sharmeen excitedly told the audience how the statue serves as a pass for events that happen that night. “It is the greatest feeling in the world… You just show your Oscar and that will be your pass.”

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  • dr j tipu
    Mar 10, 2012 - 2:15PM

    so proud of u sharmeen…………………uv shown light to an otherwise dull and lacklustre nation, hope we all follow in your footsteps to realise our dreams


  • Mar 10, 2012 - 2:50PM

    Welcome back!!!


  • Abbas
    Mar 10, 2012 - 3:06PM

    We are proud of you Sharmeen. I hope her effort encourages others to work against the menace that are acid attacks.


  • Ishrat Salim
    Mar 10, 2012 - 3:23PM

    We are proud of you….Ms Sharmeen & made yr family proud too.Recommend

  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Mar 10, 2012 - 3:40PM

    Great achievement.

    Keep it up Sharmeen!

    People like you can only change the mindset of the minority of the people who do wrong and don’t regret.

    The silent majority of Pakistan is standing behind you.


  • Farhan
    Mar 10, 2012 - 4:11PM

    Great. keep it up


  • A. Khan
    Mar 10, 2012 - 4:11PM

    Kudos to Sharmeen for winning the Oscar but the award seems to be diverting attention away from the extremely shameful acts that are documented in her film. Let this attention be channeled into eradicating this scourge of acid attacks from our society. It is inhuman and repugnant to commit this crime. Laws should be changed so that associated punishment fits the crime.


  • Asfi Warraich
    Mar 11, 2012 - 12:21AM

    congrats shermeen…. i hope this movie wld bring sme positive change in the society…


  • Zeenat Zamir
    Mar 11, 2012 - 10:32PM

    American audiences were delighted to watch this mini masterpiece from Pakistan and many were discussing the issue of violence against women. Majority did not see it as a Pakistan problem but a world problem. An interesting review that seem to jump out that Bollywood with all it’s technical advantages seems more focus on non social issues & most Americans feel India seems to whitewash these social issues so that sex motivated subjects & denial with trying to copy Hollywood was their main agenda.
    There is great hope that Pakistani Cinema will produce more independent creative subjects than the usual thrash that Lollywood puts out & talent like Sharmeen will entice a new genre that Americans are anxiously waiting to discover of a land that has been presented to them in a tainted lens.


  • Pinto
    Mar 12, 2012 - 6:43PM

    She won an oscar bcoz (academy) they wanted to show bad image of pak.asian countries have many social issues which western countries often use to insult asian countries through median or by these crapi awardsRecommend

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