Hong Kong Film Awards Announces 2017 Nominations

The nominations for the 36th Hong Kong Film Awards are in, and it’s going to drop a few surprises.

On Tuesday, nominations for the 36th Hong Kong Film Awards were announced shortly before the start of the 41st Hong Kong International Film Festival. The awards will be held on April 9 at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre.

This year, first-time nominees are taking the spotlight, with the likes of Gordon Lam (林家棟), Richie Jen (任賢齊), Shawn Yue (余文樂), and Francis Ng (吳鎮宇) being nominated for Best Actor for the first time in their career. They will be competing against award-winning Tony Leung Ka-fai (梁家輝) for the Film King award.

Francis Ng, nominated for his exceptionally versatile performance in Shed Skin Papa <脫皮爸爸>, said, “I am thankful that I got this opportunity to shamelessly portray a 19 year old to a 79 year old. I enjoyed it! I am also thankful for receiving [a nomination] that exceeded all of my expectations. The filming process was stressful. Makeup took four hours a day, filming took 14, and then I had only 12 days to lose 20 pounds. Being young is hard!”

Gordon Lam, who won Best Actor at the Hong Kong Film Critics Society Award for his performance in Trivisa <樹大招風>, expressed, “I’m so happy! This prove that my efforts have not gone to waste! I’m even happier that Richie, Philip [Keung], and our film crew are nominated as well. Congratulations!”

Gordon’s costar Richie Jen, who is currently in the United States, responded to his nomination via phone, “My last HKFA nomination was when I was 17 years olds. I was nominated for Best New Performer. I did not expect this.”

Mad World <一念無明> actor Shawn Yue , also a first-time nominee, said, “I’ve receiving many blessings from friends, family, and colleagues. Eric Tsang (曾志偉) was the first person to call me. Thank you everyone!”

Soul Mate <七月與安生>, directed by Derek Tsang (曾國祥), received a total of 12 nominations, including Best Actress for both Zhou Dongyu (周冬雨) and Sandra Ma (馬思純). Both won Best Actress at 53rd Golden Horse Awards held in Taiwan last November, a first in the ceremony’s history. Zhou Dongyu also won Best Actress at the Hong Kong Film Critics Society Award this year for the same performance.

Dongyu and Sandra are grateful for the recognition. Both first-time nominees of HKFA, the Soul Mate stars humbly said they do not expect to win at the HKFA. “I’m already very happy that we got a nomination,” said Dongyu.

Check out the list of HKFA nominees below!

Best Film
“Soul Mate”
“The Mermaid”
“Cold War II”
“Weeds on Fire”

Best Director
Stephen Chow for “The Mermaid”
Derek Tsang for “Soul Mate”
Johnnie To for “Three”
Wong Chun for “Mad World”
Frank Hui, Jevons Au, and Vicky Wong for “Trivisa”

Best Actor
Francis Ng for “Shed Skin Papa”
Tony Leung Ka-fai for “Cold War II”
Richie Jen for “Trivisa”
Gordon Lam for “Trivisa”
Shawn Yue for “Mad World”

Best Actress
Kara Hui for “Happiness”
Zhou Dongyu for “Soul Mate”
Sandra Ma for “Soul Mate”
Nina Paw for “Show Me Your Love”
Tang Wei for “Book of Love”

Best Supporting Actor
Ng Mang-tat for “The Menu”
Paul Chun for “Book of Love”
Philip Keung for “Trivisa”
Liu Kai-chi for “Weeds on Fire”
Eric Tsang for “Mad World”

Best Supporting Actress
Kitty Zhang for “The Mermaid”
Janice Man for “Cold War II”
Fish Liew for “Sisterhood”
Charmaine Fong for “Mad World”
Elaine Jin for “Mad World”

Best New Performer
James Ng for “Happiness”
Jelly Lin for “The Mermaid”
Jennifer Yu for “Sisterhood”
Tony Wu for “Weeds on Fire”
Hedwig Tam for “Weeds on Fire”

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This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.

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  1. Is that a pic of Francis as a 19? If so, they needed way more make up. Maybe used CGI like what they did with Chris Evans in the first Captain A movie. He’s a good actor though. Hope he wins.

    I can’t believe Gordon Lam is on the list. I didn’t like him much back in his TVB days. He was kind of annoying. Had he improve that much since then? Haven’t seen much of him in movies except when in the ones he’s kelefe-like role.

    1. @jjwong If nicholas tse can win it 5-6 years ago, why not gordon lam to be nominated? nicholas tse for me his acting more useless lo just that got the look only. Jackie chan his acting more excellent la but never win any. Its about luck also sometimes. But tony leung or francis ng will nail it this time. Leung acting more greatly. Leung still owes TVB a drama, hope he will pay it back very soon!

      1. @lam86 i didn’t know Tse won. I agree that he’s not a good actor, nor is he good looking imo.

        I’m indifferent about Jacky Chan. At least Jacky’s fights/actions are entertaining. He has that talent going for him.

        I highly doubt Tony is going to pay back those owned episode. How long has it been? O_o

        Out of that list, Francis is the only one I find legitimately have true acting chop. Gordon at least does put an effort of being good; so kudos on that.

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