NEW YORK - Prominent filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy became the first Pakistani to win two Oscar awards at the glittering 88th Academy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles on Sunday night.

Sharmeen won the award for the best short documentary “A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness,” a film that shines a light on the practice of “honour killings,” in which men kill their own female family members for dishonoring them.

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday led the praise for Sharmeen’s Oscar win and reiterated that his government was in the process of pushing a law to stop the killings.

“Women like Ms. Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy are not only a pride for the Pakistani nation but are also a significant source of contribution towards the march of civilisation in the world,” Sharif said in a statement lauding the Oscar win in the category of Best Documentary (Short Subject).

Pakistani activist for female education and youngest ever Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai also congratulated Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy for winning second Oscar, expressing the hope that the government would introduce effective legislation against honor killing. She said the entire Pakistani nation was proud of Sharmeen Obaid and grateful to her for raising voice for women rights.

The Oscar win is the second for director Sharmeen, who in 2012 won Pakistan’s first Oscar for a documentary on the horrors endured by women who suffer acid attacks.

“This is what happens when determined women get together,” a triumphant short declared to cheers from the celeb-studded crowd, with millions more watching on television. “This week the Pakistani prime minister has said that he will change the law on honour killing after watching this film. That is the power of film.”

Wearing a floor-length black Sana Safinaz coat over a matching dress, Sharmeen walked the red carpet with her mother and the Karachi-based SOC Films team.

“I have another one!” said Sharmeen as she took the stage to accept the award.

The film focuses on Saba Qaiser, a young woman in Pakistan who survived an attempted honour killing by her father and uncle, who felt she had brought shame on their family by marrying someone of whom they disapproved. 

Sharmeen dedicated the award to the many people who helped her along the way: From Saba, the woman in the film who remarkably survived an honour killing and shared her story, to Sheila Nevins and Lisa Heller from HBO, to Tina Brown, who she said supported her from day one. To the men who champion women, like Geof Bartz in my film, who’s edited the film, to Asad Faruqi, to his friend Ziad, who brought this film to the government. “To all brave men out there, and my husband, who push women to go to school and work,” she added.

Before the bash, Sharmeen said she was grateful to see the Oscar nomination spark discussion around religiously motivated murders. “I think that that’s a win in itself because it’s such a difficult topic and people shy away from it, normally,” Sharmeen said.

Her competition included Toronto-based journalist Adam Benzine, up for his short film “Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah.”

Sharmeen ‘s other accolades include a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, a Crystal Award from the World Economic Forum and a high award from the Pakistani government.

President Mamnoon Hussain also congratulated Sharmeen and said Sharmeen’s achievement is a source of pride and honour for the country. The President stated that apart from protecting women rights, there was also a need to launch campaigns for promoting education and eradicating the menace of corruption.

Minster for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Senator Pervaiz Rashid said that Sharmin has become pride of Pakistan by winning Oscar award for the second time. The minister said that the award is a recognition of her talent and her deep commitment against injustice and oppression against women.

PTI chairman Imran Khan, in a message on micro-blogging website twitter, n congratulated Sharmeen Chinoy, saying: “It is a great achievement and proud movement for Pakistan.”

Former President Pakistan and President Pakistan People’s Party Parliamentarians Asif Ali Zardari and Chairman Pakistan People’s Party Bilawal Bhutto Zardari also felicitated the Oscar winner.