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FEATURE: Nick Cheung voted best actor, actress prize left vacant

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One of the most eye-catching prizes in the 10th Huading Awards (best Chinese movie actress) was left vacant for Ms Zhang Ziyi, who was supposed to win the award, but was absent from the ceremony.
A recent result voted by the global entertainment audience about celebrities’ public image was published by the Huading Awards Organizing Committee, with Zhang getting closer the to the best actress accolade. However, there is a rule in the awards that those who aren’t present at the ceremony cannot receive their prize. The Committee consequently had to announce that the position of best Chinese movie actress was left vacant.
Zhang, who is a Chinese film actress and model, achieved fame in the West after leading roles in films such as “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.” She has been nominated for three BAFTA Awards and a Golden Globe Award.
The best Chinese actor honor went to Nick Cheung Ka-fai, a Hong Kong artist who once served in the Royal Hong Kong Police. According to the public vote result, Cheng name was among the top three lists together with actor Andy Lau Tak-wah and Nicholas Tse Ting-fung.
The Chinese Annual Achievement Award went to Liu Xiao Qing, a Chinese actress and businesswoman. She became one of the richest people in the country, appearing at 45 on Forbes’ list of the 50 richest Chinese businessmen and businesswomen in 1999. In 2002, she was arrested for tax evasion in connection with her company and was imprisoned for a year.
Jackie Chan, the famous martial artist and director, missed out on an honor in competing for the “Best Global Director.” The award was eventually won by American director Quentin Tarantino, who has captured Chinese movie fans’ hearts with his works such as “Kill Bil” and “Inglourious Basterds.”
As for the Best Chinese Director, three HK directors, namely Dante Lam Chiu-Yin, Wong Kar-Wai and Stephen Chow Sing Chi competed as the top three candidates. The award finally went to Dante Lam, who won the 2008 Hong Kong Film Award for Best Director for his work on Beast Stalker.
Director from Beijing, Xue Xiao Lu, appeared as a “Dark horse” in the running for the Best Young Chinese Director. The female director and screenwriter set a record in the Chinese box office this year with her romantic movie “Finding Mr. Right.”
Excited fans cheered and applauded when they saw Chinese top TV series actors and actress Raymond Lam and Fala Chen. Their familiar idols often show up in HK and mainland television shows. Lam said: “As an actor, I need to make progress continuously and improve myself.” He thanked the audience for giving him their votes and hoped they would support Chinese TV series as they always do.
Chen said she never learnt about performing before she became an actress. “It is not easy to be an actress, we need to discover who we are in a play and express the character.”
China’s best male and female singers awards went to Lin Zhi Xuan and Huang Qi Shan. They both gained a lot of popularity from talent shows, which made the competition fiercer.
HK singer Joey Yung also performed last night as an invited guest.
Held in the Venetian Theatre last night, the Huading Awards is organized by the Global Talents Group and supported by the Central Government’s Macao Special Administrative Region liaison office and the Macao Foundation.



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