Simon Yam and Kara Hui Named Best Actor and Best Actress
The 29th Annual Hong Kong Film Awards was held on April 18th. Nominated several times in past years, Simon Yam Tat Wah finally won the Best Actor Award for his performance in Echoes of the Rainbow. Kara Hui Ying Hung received the Best Actress Award for her performance in At the End of Daybreak.
Acting for thirty-four years, Simon calmly accepted his Best Actor Award. “Many thanks to the HKFA committee and Sandra Ng Kwan Yu. It was due to Sandra that I accepted to film Echoes of the Rainbow at a discount salary. Thank you, Alex Law, for writing such a moving story and allowing me to play the role of a good father. I have to also thank my two girlfriends, my wife, Qi Qi, and my daughter. Thank you, Qi Qi, for supporting me over the years!”
Simon quoted a line from Echoes of a Rainbow, “Examination grades are not the most important. In life, you have to believe in yourself and not let go of your goals in achieving your dreams!”
Fifty-five year-old Simon Yam started his acting career in the 1970s at TVB. In 1985, his villain role in Police Cadet II received critical acclaim. In 1987, he entered the film industry and acted in many memorable films such as Gigolo and Whore, PTU, Dr. Lamb, etc.
Kara Hui had already received the Best Actress Award at the 1st Annual Hong Kong Film Awards in 1982. When Kara received the award from the presenters, Nick Cheung Ka Fai and Sean Lau Ching Wan, Kara was very emotional. The audience applauded loudly and Kara continued, “I just took my prescribed drugs earlier. I really wanted to win this award. Twenty-eight years ago, I received the Best Actress Award at the 1st Annual Hong Kong Film Awards. I had a glorious career for a dozen years, but for some reason, people stopped offering me roles. Fortunately, I was surrounded by great friends such as Chung Suk Bing, Lam Kin Ming, etc. I am very grateful to Virginia Lok Yi Ling for signing me when there was no one else. And for Lee Tim Sing for casting me in many TVB series. I thank the HKFA committee, and directors for treating me so well. I want to thank the cast and crew of At the End of Daybreak, who despite receiving very little compensation, worked on the movie wanting to achieve the best.”
The hot-favorite to receive the Best Actress Award, Kara added, “I gave up on myself for four years. But I have a lot of confidence in myself now. I belong to the film industry. Whether it is acting for one day or two days, I will do my best!”
Other major award winners at the 2010 Hong Kong Film Awards:
Best Film- Bodyguards and Assassins
Best Director- Teddy Chen (Bodyguards and Assassins)
Best Screenplay- Alex Law (Echoes of the Rainbow)
Best Actor- Simon Yam (Echoes of the Rainbow)
Best Actress- Kara Hui (At the End of Daybreak)
Best Supporting Actor- Nicholas Tse (Bodyguards and Assassins)
Best Supporting Actress- Michelle Ye (Accident)
Best Newcomer- Aarif Lee (Echoes of the Rainbow)
Source: the Sun
Jayne: Simon Yam is an incredible actor and many congratulations to him finally winning the Best Actor Award. His acting is already publicly acknowledged and many people, such as myself, may have mistaken that he already won this award in the past.
I have not seen Kara Hui’s performance in At the End of Daybreak, but her performance in Rosy Business was certainly terrible.