Nomination list for 34th Hong Kong Film Awards


Recently, the nomination list has been announced for the annual Hong Kong Film Awards. The awards that reaches its 34th edition this year honours the best of Hong Kong films in the year 2014. Crime thriller film, Overheard 3 led the nominations with 11 nods, including Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Screenplay, etc. The awards presentation is scheduled to take place on 19th April 2015 at Hong Kong Cultural Center.

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Image above: Nick Cheung revealing nominations for the 34th Hong Kong Film Awards in a press conference recently.

 

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Image above: Movie poster for ‘Overheard 3’, leading the nominations with 11 nods. Will it go on to win big at the 34th Hong Kong Film Awards?

Hereby is the full nomination list for the 34th Hong Kong Film Awards alongside with a bit of my thoughts and predictions in some categories I’m interested in: (Official source: http://www.hkfaa.com/winnerlist.html)

BEST FILM
THE MIDNIGHT AFTER
ABERDEEN
THE GOLDEN ERA
DEAREST
OVERHEARD 3

Comment: I didn’t watch much Hong Kong films last year. Hence, it is not surprising that I didn’t watch any of the nominated films above. Based on my personal instinct, I think it will be Aberdeen. But usually to this awards’ behaviour, the film with most nominations will eventually pulls off for many wins too. Hence, Overheard 3 may stand a chance despite not very positively received. The Golden Era and The Midnight After are the dark horses.

BEST DIRECTOR
Fruit Chan (THE MIDNIGHT AFTER)
Ann Hui (THE GOLDEN ERA)
Peter Chan (DEAREST)
Dante Lam (THAT DEMON WITHIN)
Alan Mak, Felix Chong (OVERHEARD 3)

BEST SCREENPLAY
Chan Fai Hung, Kong Ho Yan, Fruit Chan (THE MIDNIGHT AFTER)
Pang Ho Cheung (ABERDEEN)
Li Qiang (THE GOLDEN ERA)
Zhang Ji (DEAREST)
Alan Mak, Felix Chong (OVERHEARD 3)

BEST ACTOR
Eddie Peng (RISE OF THE LEGEND)
Sean Lau Ching Wan (INSANITY)
Huang Bo (DEAREST)
Daniel Wu (THAT DEMON WITHIN)
Sean Lau Ching Wan (OVERHEARD 3)

Comment: Sean Lau is the only actor above that had won Best Actor. This time, he is nominated twice in this category. It is no doubt that he is a great actor but having two nominations in a single category is never a good thing. Votes for him will be split into two. Hence, I think Daniel Wu may win this from his critically-acclaimed performance in ‘That Demon Within’. He deserved it. Eddie Peng is too new. He and Huang Bo are here to just complete the five-men list.

BEST ACTRESS
Sandra Ng (GOLDEN CHICKENSSS)
Tang Wei (THE GOLDEN ERA)
Zhou Xun (WOMEN WHO FLIRT)
Vicki Zhao Wei (DEAREST)
Charlene Choi (SARA)

Comment: This will be a battle between Tang Wei and Charlene Choi. Zhao Wei may be the dark horse. There is nothing special or great on Sandra Ng’s performance in ‘Golden Chickensss’.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Wang Baoqiang (KUNG FU JUNGLE)
Lam Suet (THE MIDNIGHT AFTER)
Ng Man Tat (ABERDEEN)
Alex Fong Chung Shun (OVERHEARD 3)
Kenneth Tsang (OVERHEARD 3)

Comment: Long time didn’t see Ng Man Tat. Would like him to win.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Kara Wai Ying Hung (THE MIDNIGHT AFTER)
Ivana Wong (GOLDEN CHICKENSSS)
Hao Lei (THE GOLDEN ERA)
Fiona Sit (GIRLS)
Nina Paw Hee Ching (INSANITY)

Comment: Since Wai Ying Hung had won this last year, I don’t think she will get it again this year. So, I will pick Nina Paw, another veteran actress.

BEST NEW PERFORMER
Ivana Wong (DELETE MY LOVE)
Ivana Wong (BREAK UP 100)
Ivana Wong (GOLDEN CHICKENSSS)
Jacky Cai (ABERDEEN)
Candy Cheung (DOT 2 DOT)

Comment: Ivana Wong is good. I can really see huge improvement in her acting in recent years. But like I said before, nominated more than once in a single category is bad. All votes for her will be split and that’s a huge disadvantage. But still, I would like to pick her.

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Zhao Fei (THE CROSSING I)
Lam Wah Tsuen (THE MIDNIGHT AFTER)
Wang Yu (THE GOLDEN ERA)
Ng Kai Ming (THE LEGEND RISES)
Anthony Pun (OVERHEARD 3)

BEST FILM EDITING
David Wu (THE CROSSING I)
Manda Wai (THE GOLDEN ERA)
Cheung Ka Fai, Tang Man To (RISE OF THE LEGEND)
Patrick Tam, Curran Pang (THAT DEMON WITHIN)
Curran Pang (OVERHEARD 3)

BEST ART DIRECTION
Horace Ma (THE CROSSING I)
Man Lim Chung (ABERDEEN)
Zhao Hai (THE GOLDEN ERA)
Pater Wong (RISE OF THE LEGEND)
Man Lim Chung (OVERHEARD 3)

BEST COSTUME AND MAKE UP DESIGN
Chen Tongxun (THE CROSSING I)
William Chang, Kenneth Yee Chung Man, Guo Pei, Lee Pik Kwan (THE MONKEY KING)
Man Lim Chung (THE GOLDEN ERA)
Boey Wong (RISE OF THE LEGEND)
Man Lim Chung (OVERHEARD 3)

BEST ACTION CHOREOGRAPHY
Donnie Yen, Stephen Tung, Yuen Bun, Yan Hua (KUNG FU JUNGLE)
Ku Huen Chiu (THE FOUR 3)
Stephen Tung (THE WHITE HAIRED WITCH OF THE LUNAR KINGDOM)
Yuen Wo Ping (ONCE UPON A TIME IN SHANGHAI)
Corey Yuen (RISE OF THE LEGEND)

BEST ORIGINAL FILM SCORE
Ellen Loo, Veronica Lee (THE MIDNIGHT AFTER)
Taro Iwashiro (THE CROSSING I)
Peter Kam (ABERDEEN)
Eli Marshall (THE GOLDEN ERA)
Shigeru Umebayashi (RISE OF THE LEGEND)

BEST ORIGINAL FILM SONG
NEVER SAY BREAK UP AGAIN (BREAK UP 100)
BRAND NEW HONG KONG (GOLDEN CHICKEN SSS)
DESTINATION (ABERDEEN)
YOUR LEGEND (RISE OF THE LEGEND)
THE QUIET STORM (INSANITY)

BEST SOUND DESIGN
Kinson Tsang, George Lee Yiu Keung (KUNG FU JUNGLE)
Tu Duu Chih (THE CROSSING I)
Kinson Tsang, George Lee Yiu Keung, Yiu Chun Hin, Steve Chan (RISE OF THE LEGEND)
Phyllis Cheng, Ip Siu Kei (THAT DEMON WITHIN)
Kinson Tsang (OVERHEARD 3)

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Enoch Chang (KUNG FU JUNGLE)
David Ebner, Kevin Rafferty, Ding Li Bo (THE MONKEY KING)
TongKa Wai, Ken Law, Lucky Tracy Hannah (THE MIDNIGHT AFTER)
Victor Wong, Bryan Cheung (RISE OF THE LEGEND)
Alex Lim Hun Fung, Lin Chun Yue, Yee Kwok Leung (THAT DEMON WITHIN)

BEST NEW DIRECTOR
Ruby Yang (MY VOICE, MY LIFE)
David Lee Kwong Yiu (INSANITY)
Amos Why (DOT 2 DOT)

BEST FILM MAINLAND AND TAIWAN
BLACK COAL, THIN ICE
PARADISE IN SERVICE
NO MAN’S LAND
CAFE. WAITING. LOVE.
COMING HOME

Comment: Why is it only Chinese films from Mainland China and Taiwan can compete in this? Why not Chinese films from Malaysia (now I thought of ‘The Journey’, a successful Malaysian Chinese film last year) and Singapore too? This category should be improved and renamed as ‘Best Chinese Film not from Hong Kong’.

(Images in this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web)

 

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