The nominations for the 31st Annual Hong Kong Film Awards were formally announced the day before. Tsui Hark’s <徐克 > Flying Swords of Dragon Gate <龙门飞甲> and Jiang Wen’s (姜文) Let the Bullets Fly <让子弹飞> were nominated in 13 awards categories. Peter Chan’s (陈可辛) Wu Xia <武侠> picked up 12 nominations, Felix Chong (庄文强) and Alan Mak’s (麦兆辉) Overheard 2 <窃听风云2> received 9 nominations, and Ann Hui’s (许鞍华 ) A Simple Life <桃姐> and Johnnie To’s (杜琪峰) Life Without Principle <夺命金> had 8 nominations.
In the Best Actor category, Jiang Wen (姜文 ) and Ge You (葛优 ) were both nominated in the Best Actor category for their performances in Let the Bullets Fly. Interestingly, Chow Yun Fat (周润发) was omitted from the nomination list despite receiving lead billing in Let the Bullets Fly. Sean Lau (刘青云) was nominated twice in the Best Actor category, for Overheard 2 and Life Without Principle. Andy Lau 刘德华 (who received the Golden Horse Best Actor Award for his performance in A Simple Life) was also nominated in the Best Actor category.
Receiving critical acclaim for her performance in A Simple Life, Deanie Ip (叶德娴 ) won the Best Actress Award at the 68th Annual Venice Film Festival and also the 48th Annual Golden Horse Awards earlier. Deanie Ip was a hot favorite to win the Best Actress Award at the 31st Annual Hong Kong Film Awards as well.
Other actresses nominated in the Best Actress category include Gao Yuanyuan (高圆圆) for Don’t Go Breaking My Heart <单身男女>, Shu Qi (舒淇) for A Beautiful Life <不再让你孤单>, Tang Wei (汤唯 ) for Wu Xia <武侠>, and Zhou Xun (周迅) for Flying Swords of Dragon Gate <龙门飞甲>.
Former HKFA Best Actress winners, Carina Lau (刘嘉玲 ), was nominated for her performance in Let the Bullets Fly, while Kara Hui (惠英红 ) was nominated for Wu Xia in the Best Supporting Actress categories. Last year’s HKFA Best Actor recipient, Nicholas Tse (谢霆锋) was nominated in the Best Supporting Actor category for Shaolin <新少林寺>. Carina Lau was very happy for her nomination, expressing her gratitude towards Director, Jiang Wen, and Ge You.
Donnie Yen (甄子丹 )was nominated for the Best Action Choreography Award for Wu Xia, competing with notable action choreographers such as Ching Siu Tong (程小东) for The Sorcerer and the White Snake <白蛇传说> and Yuen Kwai (元奎) for Shaolin <新少林寺>.
The 31st Annual Hong Kong Film Awards will be held on Sunday, April 15, 2012 at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre. Local stations, TVB, nowTV, RTHK Radio 2, and Mainland’s CCTV6, will be broadcasting the awards ceremony live.
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