More awards for Peter Chan's Dearest; brickbats for Adrien Brody

Hollywood star's Hong Kong Instagram post of Lan Kwai Fong beggar didn't go down well with some in city

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 03 June, 2015, 11:37pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 03 June, 2015, 11:58pm

Dearest dominates Huadings: Hong Kong director Peter Chan Ho-sun's child abduction drama Dearest won big at the 16th Huading Awards on Sunday, May 31, taking home the best film, best director and best actress gongs.

Held at Kitec in Kowloon Bay, this year's event was decidedly less glamorous than last year's ceremony at the Ricardo Montalban Theatre in Los Angeles that was attended by Nicole Kidman, Quentin Tarantino and Nicolas Cage, among other Hollywood A-listers.

In terms of marquee names, we only got Adrien Brody this year, so it probably is no great surprise that he got an award too, for his supporting role in Dragon Blade, Daniel Lee's silly East-meets-West period epic.

With her win as best actress, Zhao Wei is now two for three in film awards for her turn in Dearest — she was also nominated for the Golden Horse and Hong Kong Film Awards, winning the latter.

Brody and the beggar: Speaking of Adrien Brody, the 42-year-old American actor and Oscar winner has been out and about in Hong Kong for the past week, and he's been quite active on social media about it, too.

Over the weekend he posted on Instagram a photo of the beggar on Pedder Street — the one who sleeps on a self-made mattress at the foot of Lan Kwai Fong — with the caption: "People shop but don't stop … "

That post was met with criticism from some Hongkongers, who considered the caption a case of a foreigner lecturing locals on Hong Kong matters.

Brody's next update was a safer choice — a shot of the Hong Kong skyline, with the caption: "Beautiful Hong Kong".