Sean Lau and Vicky Zhao crowned Film King and Queen at the 34th Hong Kong Film Awards
The "Hong Kong Film Awards" ceremony was held last night. After 2007, Sean Lau Ching Wan took home the Film King award once again, and was so touched that he teared up on stage thanking his wife, Amy Kwok. Vicky Zhao, who has taken on the director's role in event years, won the Film Queen award for the first time. She, who played a village girl in "Dearest", expressed that she wrote an award acceptance speech before, and now she can finally use it!
Yesterday, The 34th Hong Kong Film Awards Ceremony, held at the Tsim Sha Tsui Cultural Centre, attracted more than a hundred popular stars and actors to the venue. Yesterday night, the ceremony awarded 20 film awards, with Vicky Zhao taking home the Film Queen award for the first time, and Lau Ching Wan taking the Film King award again after 2007. The movie "The Golden Era" won 5 awards, including "Best Film" and "Best Director", etc.
The fiercest competition this year was amongst the "Best Actress" nominees. Earlier, Vicky Zhao had won the "Best Actress" award at the Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards, giving her an advantage. However, Charlene Choi, who played vulgar and sexual scenes in movie "Sara", was still seen with a bigger chance at the award. In the end, the award was won by 39 year old Vicky Zhao, with her movie "Dearest". Receiving the award from Nick Cheung, she said: "I really never thought I would win. I only thought about how I would go home, clean up and go to sleep. I never thought about what to say. Before, my colleague suggested that I write a speech for the Golden Horse Awards, but in the end, there was no chance for me to use it. Now, I can proudly say it!"
Thank you to director Peter Chan
About her role as a village girl in the movie: "Thank you to Director Peter Chan suddenly thinking of finding me (to be in the movie). Although she doesn't look good, but I was actually "high" playing the role. Lastly, I want to thank my family."
As for "Best Actor", which was won by 51 year old Sean Lau, although this time, he had two movies in the running, with "Insanity" and "Overheard 3", his votes were not split and won competitors Daniel Wu, Eddie Peng, etc. to take home the award with his performance in "Overhead 3", after his 2007 win with "My Name is Fame".
Wife Amy Kwok tears up
Sean took the award from the 5 child actors Miriam Yeung brought with her to present the award. He teared up saying: "It is you guys who let me know that I still have a female audience. You guys didn't recognize wrongly and think I was Louis Koo right? First, I want to thank my family. I know they have been very supportive of me all the way. Thank you to all the crew members of the three (Overheard) movies. Also, I want to thank my wife....(cheer and applause)... this is very important, all the females love hearing this part. (Laughter) Every time I drive a space ship flying across the universe, no matter where I fly to, you always find a way to bring me safely back to Earth." His wife, Amy Kwok, who was sitting in the audience, was immediately touched to tears.
Ivana Wong bags two big awards at the 34th Hong Kong Film Awards with "Best Newcomer" and "Best Supporting Actress"
At last night's "Hong Kong Film Awards" ceremony, one of the big winners of the night was surprisingly Ivana Wong, who grabbed two big awards, "Best Newcomer" and "Best Supporting Actress"! Ivana, who was nominated for "Best Newcomer" with three movies, first took home the award as expected with movie "Golden Chickensss", then won "Best Supporting Actress". When she accepted the "Best Newcomer" award, she seemed very prepared. She took out a "cheat sheet" from her chest to deliver her speech, raising "wows" from the audience. During her speech, she occasionally spoke in English to thank her good friends Fiona Sit, Eman Lam and Kary Ng. Lastly, she did not forget to thank her boyfriend, Eric So.
Afterwards, when she won the second award for "Best Supporting Actress", Ivana looked very surprised and hid her face in her hands, showing her agitation. When she accepted the award, she suddenly used Mandarin and said: "Thank you everyone! It is really unbelievable! Aiya! Why did I suddenly speak in Mandarin?" She teared up in the middle: "I never thought such a new actor could get such an important award. Thank you Sandra Ng and director Matt Chow, everyone was very welcoming, gave me a lot of warmth and let me know how fruitful and beautiful the film world is."
After winning "Best Newcomer", Ivana saw Sandra backstage and they hugged and kissed. Ivana said: "I was really nervous when I was on stage, too many people to thank, I wasn't able to thank them all." Asked about her cheat sheet hidden in her chest, she said: "This is my experience from my concerts. My hands are usually very busy, many props (to hold), putting it in the front is very convenient and safe, it won't fall out." After winning her second award, when Ivana was interviewed backstage, it was coincidentally the moment when the "Best Actor" award was being announced. She also expressed her support for Sean Lau for the award. Asked if she was a bit disappointed losing out on the music award, she said: "I did a little bit, but I already won two awards, so I'm more than happy already!" She laughed saying she wants to eat hot pot after the ceremony. As for her boyfriend, because he isn't in Hong Kong, so he wasn't able to come support at the ceremony.
Song Ga Yeon accused of unethical relations with colleague during legal contract dispute
Female mixed martial arts fighter Song Ga Yeon is looking to terminate and nullify her contract with her agency E&M.
The popular female fighter said, “The agency did not give me the education needed in order to improve my athletic abilities. They did not conduct their duty of profit sharing properly and delayed the payout from TV appearances for two months and were not transparent about issue of payment. They also forced me to appear on shows forcefully, and the contract was not reached fairly to both sides initially.”
However, in response, E&M revealed on April 13th that “She did not fulfill her duties as an athlete by committing such acts like not participating in the team’s official practice. Also, since she was 19 years old she regularly had abnormal relations with a specific team member and this led her to bring personal issues to her work.”
The agency added, “She also asked for special treatment constantly. The coach and director of the team gave her several warnings, but Song Ga Yeon disappeared when issues arose and even cut contact; we do not understand her attitude at all.”
Song Ga Yeon rose to popularity after appearing on SBS Roommate – Season 1, and eventually left the show to focus more on her MMA career.