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!
“Cold War II”
“Weeds on Fire”
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”
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”
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”
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.