The 49th Golden Horse Awards were held in Taipei on November 24, 2012. Sean Lau (劉青雲) and Gwei Lun Mei (桂綸鎂) won the Best Actor and Best Actress awards respectively. Hong Kong talent dominated the major awards victories, while Taiwan had a weak representation.
Sean Lau delivered a brilliant performance as a triad set to recover money lost in a local loan shark scheme in the film, Life without Principles <奪命金>. Sean hugged good friend and former Golden Horse Best Actor, Nick Cheung (張家輝) before going on stage. Sean said.” I want to thank the director, my family and wife. This award should go to my father in-law who lives in Taiwan, who will call me to let me know the response of the media about my movies.”
Gwei Lun Mei (桂綸鎂) won the Best Actress award for her performance as a woman involved in a love triangle in the film, Girlfriend, Boyfriend <女朋友 男朋友>. She burst into tears and said, “Thank you to the panel of judges, I am grateful for all the support and motivation during my career. I like making movies and will continue to do so. I want to thank my parents for putting up with my bad temper and for allowing your daughter to pursue her passion.”
Hong Kong director, Johnnie To <杜琪峰> won Best Director for Life Without Principles. He was not present at the ceremony, but Sean Lau picked up the award on behalf of Johnnie.
China’s Beijing Blues <神探亨特張> won the Best Film award. Director Gao Qunshu (高群书) was shocked in receiving the award, and he thanked the world for giving an unknown director such as himself the recognition.
Mainland actress, Liang Jing (梁靜) won the Best Supporting Actress award for her performance as a toothy midwife in Design of Death <杀生>. She said the original actress resigned from filming, so her costumes were too big, and she had to wear false teeth to play a fisherman. Her husband is the director of the film, but this did not result in any conflicts for Liang Jing.
Hong Kong actor, Ronald Cheng (鄭中基) won the Best Supporting Actor award for his performance in Vulgaria <低俗喜劇>. Ronald was so excited to win and told the media that he thought a comedic role would not have a chance to win the award. He will continue to film more comedies and hopes more viewers will watch his movies.
Chin Ka Lok (錢嘉樂) won an award for Best Action Choreography in Motorway <車手>, and he was the only one who provided some humor at the long ceremony. He spoke in broken Mandarin, “Thank you, Anthony Wong (黃秋生), Shawn Yue (余文樂) and the team of backstage heroes. I am very lucky this year to have gotten married, become a father, and receive a Golden Horse Award.” Chin Ka Lok thanked his mentor Sammo Hung (洪金寶), who was responsible choreography for Tai Chi Zero <太極之零開始>. Ka Lok said, “Without Sammo, I would not be here today!”
Speaking to the media afterwards, Ka Lok said,”I love walking on the red carpet, so the international film makers will know how many movies I have made.” He also chuckled and said, ” I don’t know a lot of English, but my feeling of winning is amazing!”
The 49th Golden Horse Awards was a star studded event that included many famous movie stars from Hong Kong, mainland China and Taiwan. Andy Lau (劉德華), Deanie Ip (葉德嫻), Nicholas Tse (謝霆鋒), Chapman To (杜汶澤), Denise Ho (何韻詩), Nick Cheung (張家輝), Angelababy (楊穎) and Chiling Lin (林志玲) walked the red carpet and set the press into a frenzy.
49th Golden Horse Awards- Video Footage
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This article is written by Lance for JayneStars.com.
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