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HKFA goes wide

The Hong Kong Film Awards (HKFA) announced its nominees on Thursday, the selections promising a more open competition than last year, which turned into an almost clean sweep for The Grandmaster.

Overheard 3

Overheard 3

23 titles get one or more mentions on the nominee list. This year’s crop of 11 nominations for Felix Chong and Alan Mak’s Overheard 3 ensures that last year’s 12 wins for Wong Kar Wai’s The Grandmaster will remain a record for at least another year, as will Bodyguards and Assassins’ 18 nominations in 2010.

2014 Hong Kong IFF openers Aberdeen (seven nominations) and The Midnight After (eight) both took Best Film nominations alongside Overheard 3. Several of this year’s nominees have played in NZ as part of Event’s Cinema Asia programme. 2014 Berlinale winner, Black Coal, Thin Ice, which played here in the NZIFF, is the favourite for the HKFA’s non-Hong Kong Chinese language film gong.

The HKFA best actress category includes two nominations for actresses in roles that have already won elsewhere. Charlene Choi is nominated for her performance in Herman Yau’s third onscreen venture into red light districts,Sara. Choi won at the Macau International Film Festival’s Golden Lotus Film and Television Awards. Vicki Zhao, nominated for Dearest, took the best actress gong at the HK Film Critics awards in mid-January.

Donnie Yen and Yuen Wo Ping, both in NZ last year for Crouching Tiger 2, compete for the Action Choreography gong with Kung Fu Jungle and Rise Of The Legend respectively.

One HKFA record which was broken this year was the number of nominations for an individual. Cantopop singer Ivana Wong picked up four acting nominations, including three of five nominations in the newcomer category, plus a best song nod.

Ivana Wong goes to bat for an award in Golden Chicken SSS

Ivana Wong goes to bat for an award in Golden Chicken SSS

Oscar-winning producer Ruby Yang is named in the New Director category for her doco My Voice My Life. Earlier in the week Yang was named a producer of one of the projects selected for Hong Kong’s March project market, HAF.

The Hong Kong Film Awards will be presented on 19 April at the final event of Hong Kong’s annual Entertainment Expo. Other Expo events include FILMART (23 – 26 March), the Hong Kong Asia Financing Forum (HAF, 23 – 25 March), and the Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF, 23 March – 6 April). The Asian Film Awards (AFA), of which the HKIFF is an organiser, runs in March in Macau.

The nominees for the 34th Hong Kong Film Awards are:

Best Film
The Midnight After
Aberdeen
The Golden Era
Dearest
Overheard 3

Best Director
Fruit Chan, The Midnight After
Ann Hui, The Golden Era
Peter Chan, Dearest
Dante Lam, That Demon Within
Alan Mak, Felix Chong, Overheard 3

Best Screenplay
Chan Fai Hung, Kong Ho Yan, Fruit Chan, The Midnight After
Pang Ho Cheung, Aberdeen
Li Qiang, The Golden Era
Zhang Ji, Dearest
Alan Mak, Felix Chong, Overheard 3

Best Actor
Eddie Peng, Rise Of The Legend
Sean Lau Ching Wan, Insanity
Huang Bo, Dearest
Daniel Wu, That Demon Within
Sean Lau Ching Wan, Overheard 3

Best Actress
Sandra Ng, Golden Chickensss
Tang Wei, The Golden Era
Zhou Xun, Women Who Flirt
Vicki Zhao Wei, Dearest
Charlene Choi, Sara

Best Supporting Actor
Wang Baoqiang, Kung Fu Jungle
Lam Suet, The Midnight After
Ng Man Tat, Aberdeen
Alex Fong Chung Shun, Overheard 3
Kenneth Tsang, Overheard 3

Best Supporting Actress
Kara Wai Ying Hung, The Midnight After
Ivana Wong, Golden Chickensss
Hao Lei, The Golden Era
Fiona Sit, Girls
Nina Paw Hee Ching, Insanity

Best New Performer
Ivana Wong, Delete My Love
Ivana Wong, Break Up 100
Ivana Wong, Golden Chickensss
Jacky Cai, Aberdeen
Candy Cheung, Dot 2 Dot

Best Cinematography
Zhao Fei, The Crossing I
Lam Wah Tsuen, The Midnight After
Wang Yu, The Golden Era
Ng Kai Ming, The Legend Rises
Anthony Pun, Overheard 3

Best Film Editing
David Wu, The Crossing I
Manda Wai, The Golden Era
Cheung Ka Fai, Tang Man To, Rise Of The Legend
Patrick Tam, Curran Pang, That Demon Within
Curran Pang, Overheard 3

Best Art Direction
Horace Ma, The Crossing I
Man Lim Chung, Aberdeen
Zhao Hai, The Golden Era
Pater Wong, Rise Of The Legend
Man Lim Chung, Overheard 3

Best Costume And Make Up Design
Chen Tongxun, The Crossing I
William Chang, Kenneth Yee Chung Man, Guo Pei, Lee Pik Kwan, The Monkey King
Man Lim Chung, The Golden Era
Boey Wong, Rise Of The Legend
Man Lim Chung, Overheard 3

Best Action Choreography
Donnie Yen, Stephen Tung, Yuen Bun, Yan Hua, Kung Fu Jungle
Ku Huen Chiu, The Four 3
Stephen Tung, The White Haired Witch Of The Lunar Kingdom
Yuen Wo Ping, Once Upon A Time In Shanghai
Corey Yuen, Rise Of The Legend

Best Original Film Score
Ellen Loo, Veronica Lee, The Midnight After
Taro Iwashiro, The Crossing I
Peter Kam, Aberdeen
Eli Marshall, The Golden Era
Shigeru Umebayashi, Rise Of The Legend

Best Original Film Song
Never Say Break Up Again, from Break Up 100, performed by Ivana Wong
Brand New Hong Kong, from Golden Chicken SSS, performed by my little airport
Destination, from Aberdeen, performed by Anthony Wong
Your Legend, from Rise Of The Legend, performed by Mayday
The Quiet Storm, from Insanity, performed by Eason Chan

Best Sound Design
Kinson Tsang, George Lee Yiu Keung, Kung Fu Jungle
Tu Duu Chih, The Crossing I
Kinson Tsang, George Lee Yiu Keung, Yiu Chun Hin, Steve Chan, Rise Of The Legend
Phyllis Cheng, Ip Siu Kei, That Demon Within
Kinson Tsang, Overheard 3

Best Visual Effects
Enoch Chang, Kung Fu Jungle
David Ebner, Kevin Rafferty, Ding Li Bo, The Monkey King
Tongka Wai, Ken Law, Lucky Tracy Hannah, The Midnight After
Victor Wong, Bryan Cheung, Rise Of The Legend
Alex Lim Hun Fung, Lin Chun Yue, Yee Kwok Leung, That Demon Within

Best New Director
Ruby Yang, My Voice, My Life
David Lee Kwong Yiu, Insanity
Amos Why, Dot 2 Dot

Best Film Mainland And Taiwan
Black Coal, Thin Ice
Paradise In Service
No Man’s Land
Cafe. Waiting. Love.
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