The 38th Hong Kong Film Awards revealed its full list of nominees on Tuesday, February 12th. Project Gutenberg <無雙>, directed by Infernal Affairs <無間道> screenwriter Felix Chong (莊文強), is the second most-nominated film in the history of the Hong Kong Film Awards, with a total of 17 nominations. The critically-acclaimed film about a counterfeiting gang stars Chow Yun-fat (周潤發) and Aaron Kwok (郭富城), both nominated for Best Actor.
The most nominated film in history was Teddy Chan’s (陳德森) Bodyguards and Assassins <十月圍城>, which received 19 nods in 2009.
This year is Charlene Choi’s (蔡卓妍) third time receiving the Best Actress nomination. The Twins member, nominated for her performance in The Lady Improper <非分熟女>, said, “To be able to become the one of the Best 5 is already amazing! I’ll leave the rest down to fate. The most important thing to me is that the viewers enjoyed the film. Thank you to all the judges who voted for this character. A nomination is a huge encouragement. There’s only five of us after all!”
First-time Best Actor nominee Philip Keung (姜皓文) said, “I’m so nervous. I’m filming in the mainland right now, so not being [in Hong Kong] makes everything much more nerve-wracking. I feel very blessed and lucky. Just a nomination is enough!” Philip previously won Best Supporting Actor for his performance in 2017’s Shock Wave <拆彈專家>.
Second-time Best Actor nominee Francis Ng (吳鎮宇), star of last year’s surprise hit Men On the Dragon <逆流大叔>, congratulated his close friend Anthony Wong (黃秋生) for also receiving a Best Actor nomination. “Congratulations! I will definitely support the Hong Kong Film Awards and local films. I’ll be attending.”
“Huh? What? I’m in?” said Anthony Wong, who is nominated for Still Human <淪落人>. “It’s just a nomination! Don’t congratulate me just yet. It’s not like I’ve won already!” Upon hearing that Francis is also nominated for Best Actor, he joked, “Just a nomination! It’s not like he won. Come talk to me when he wins!”
Both Jennifer Yu (余香凝) and Filipino actress Crisel Consunji have multiple nominations—Jennifer, who is also known for being the ex-girlfriend of Carlos Chan (陳家樂), is nominated Best Actress for Distinction <非同凡響> and Best Supporting Actress for Men On the Dragon, while Crisel is nominated for Best Actress and Best New Performer, both for Still Human.
Former TVB artistes Kenny Wong (黃德斌) and Catherine Chau (周家怡) both received supporting performance nominations, the former for Men On the Dragon and the latter for Project Gutenberg. TVB actress Nancy Wu (胡定欣) has also received her first Hong Kong Film Award nomination for Best New Performer.
Check out the nominees for the best film and the acting categories below:
Operation Red Sea
Men On the Dragon
Francis Ng for Men On the Dragon
Anthony Wong for Still Human
Chow Yun-fat for Project Gutenberg
Aaron Kwok for Project Gutenberg
Philip Keung for Tracey
Chloe Maayan for Three Husbands
Charlene Choi for The Lady Improper
Jennifer Yu for Distinction
Crisel Consunji for Still Human
Zhang Jingchu for Project Gutenberg
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Kenny Wong for Men On the Dragon
Poon Chan-leung for Men On the Dragon
Sam Lee for Still Human
Liu Kai-chi for Project Gutenberg
Ben Yuen for Tracey
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Huang Lu for The Assassination of G
Jiang Luxia for Operation Red Sea
Jennifer Yu for Men On the Dragon
Catherine Chau for Project Gutenberg
Kara Hui for Tracey
BEST NEW PERFORMER
Lin Shan for The Assassination of G
Adam Pak for L Storm
Peter Chan for Three Husbands
Nancy Wu for Men On the Dragon
Crisel Consunji for Still Human
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.