On Monday evening, the great and the good of Asian filmmaking frocked up and turned out for the annual ‘Asian Oscars’. Predictably, a number of those drawing screams as they strutted their stuff down the red carpet meant little to those not up to speed with Asian film and particularly with HK celebrities, but – recognisable or not – they came in droves, putting on a good show of local support for the pan-Asia event.
Inside the venue, there were a number of faces well-known even to New Zealanders, however. Weta’s multi Oscar-winner Richard Taylor attended the opening ceremony of the Hong Kong Entertainment Expo, which was taking place inside the Expo Centre as the early arrivals hit the red carpet outside.
The official opening was presided over by the Hong Kong SAR’s Chief Secretary for Administration, Henry Tang Ying-yen, plus an impressive line-up of local dignitaries representing sponsors both public and corporate and industry organisations.
Richard Taylor also gave a short speech during the Awards presentations – not that one could hear a word of it in the media room, which resembled a rugby scrum more than the quiet affairs one finds at NZ events. Hong Kong embraces its entertainment and celebrity culture somewhat more enthusiastically than Kiwis do.
On the night, it was all about the winners, of which there were plenty with 14 competitive awards plus a handful of recognition awards being presented. One thing that was particularly impressive was the large number of overseas winners present in person to accept their awards.
No one film or country swept the board, with winners coming from China, Hong Kong, Korea, Taiwan, Japan and Malaysia. South Korean entry Mother took three awards, ahead of At the End of Daybreak, City of Life and Death/Nanjing! Nanjing! and Bodyguards and Assassins which each took a brace.
And the winners were:
Ng Meng Hui At the End of Daybreak
Best Costume Designer (New in 2010)
A newly-introduced award this year, presented by Donatella Versace in person, though she looked more gweilo than Mediterranean.
Tina Kalivas and Vaughan Alexander Goemon
Best Visual Effects
Yi Zeon-hyung Thirst
Cao Yu City of Life and Death/Nanjing! Nanjing!
Lifetime Achievement Award
Best Supporting Actress
Wai Ying-hung At the End of Daybreak
Best Supporting Actor
Nicholas Tse Bodyguards and Assassins
Lo Ta-Yu Vengeance
Best Production Designer
Alain-Pascal Housiaux, Patrick Deschesne, Lee Tian-Jue Face
The Nielsen Box Office Award presented by The
John Woo, Terence Chang Red Cliff II
Lee Chatametikool Karaoke
Park Eun-kyo, Bong Joon-ho Mother
Kim Hye-ja Mother
Wang Xueqi Bodyguards and Assassins
Outstanding Contribution to Asian Cinema Award
Lu Chuan City of Life and Death/Nanjing! Nanjing!