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| Tuesday, April 15, 2008

WHAT if, what if, what if?

It seemed to be a night of 'what ifs' when it came to the Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor categories at the 27th Hong Kong Film Awards last night.

The Warlords dominated the awards ceremony, scooping eight gongs including Best Film and Best Actor - in martial arts star Jet Li.

The film, set in wartime 19th century China and with an all-star cast - including Hong Kong heart-throb Andy Lau, who missed out to Jet for best actor - scooped Best Director for Peter Chan and Best Film at the glittering ceremony.

'If I had not made a lot of gong fu films, I could have won the best actor award 20 years ago,' said Jet in his acceptance speech.

Andy, who was nominated for awards in two separate roles, scooped up the supporting role for his performance in Protege, which also won Best Film Editing.

But the 'if' in Andy's case was a blessing in disguise, thanks to the sound advice he got.

'(I was) told that if I played this role, I would be respected by the entire film industry,' he said picking up the Best Supporting Actor award.

But Andy, the Heavenly King and crooner, missed out on Best Original Song, which went to the theme from Love is Not All Around.

The celebrity-mad Hong Kong press pack was out in full force at the red carpet event as hundreds of screaming fans waved banners and cheered a string of glamorous leading actors as they arrived outside the Hong Kong Cultural Centre.

Controversial Second World War epic Lust, Caution from director Lee Ang won the best Asian Film Award.

Lee was not in Hong Kong to accept the award.

The Best Actress award went to Siqin Gaowa for her lead role in the quirky The Postmodern Life of My Aunt.

Eye In The Sky, produced by Johnnie To, won Best New director for Yau Nai-hoi and Best Performance By A Newcomer for actress Kate Tsui.

The Professional Achievement Award was given to much-loved comic actress Lydia Sum, better known as 'Fei Fei' (literally meaning 'Fat Fat') who died from cancer earlier this year.

news from: The New Paper