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| Saturday, April 22, 2006

The 28th Hundred Flowers Films Awards' nomination list was announced yesterday. Since Hong Kong movies were allowed to compete from last year, half of the nominated films were Hong Kong movies in this year's nomination. Currently A World Without Thieves is the movie with the most nominations of 8, followed by Kungful Hustle with 7 nominations while Jackie Chan's The Myth and New Police Story with 6 nominations.

The award presentation ceremony will be held in Hanzhou where the winner of the Best Film, 2 Outstanding Films, Best Director, Best Actor and Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Actress and Best New Artiste.

The Top 10 Films announed includes House of Flying Daggers, A World Without Thieves, Kungful Hustle, The Myth, New Police Story, Fearless, Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles, Ren Chang Xia and Zhang Si De, Hong Kong movies took up most of the slots.

For the Best Director, Zhang Yimou was nominated for House of Flying Daggers and Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles, whereas Jackie Chan was nominated for the Best Actor with The Myth and New Police Story. Stephen Chow was nominated for Best Director and Best Actor with Kungful Hustle. Andy Lau is nominated for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor for his performance in A World Without Thieves and House of Flying Daggers.

When asked for being nominated for Best Actor and Supporting Actor, a delighted Andy said: "This is the first time I'm nominated for a film award in Mainland China, the feeling is so refreshing, never thought that I'll be nominated for the Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor, this ceremony is held every 2 years thus it allows my previous films to be nominated, give the audience more chance to watch them again. Filmmakers and artistes from Hong Kong can also compete, it's more open, this will smoothen the collaboration between Hong Kong and Mainland China in movies."

Andy will be competing the Best Actor award with Jet Li, Jackie Chan and Stephen Chow, whereas he will be competing the Best Supporting Actor with Tony Leung Kar Fai, Ge You, Eric Tsang, Yuen Wah and Nicholas Tse which is rather a tough competition.

news from: SingTao News, Ming Pao