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US stars grace Chinese film award ceremony in Hollywood

PUBLISHED : Monday, 02 June, 2014, 10:23pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 03 June, 2014, 11:09am
AFP

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China's Huading Film Award ceremony has been held for the first time in the United States, with Hollywood celebrities like Halle Berry and Orlando Bloom receiving honours.

While the Chinese awards for non-Chinese films are little known in the United States, Western film celebrities understand the importance of the burgeoning Chinese market and many were present at Sunday's event.

The bilingual show, hosted by Chinese TV personality Olivia Xu and Chinese-American actress Lucy Liu, was held in the city's Ricardo Montalban Theatre and broadcast to millions of viewers across the Chinese-speaking world.

Winners were chosen by 80 million members of the Chinese public who participated via surveys and internet polling, according to the Beijing-based Global Talents Media Group, which has organised the annual awards event since 2007.

Halle Berry - who plays Storm in the X-Men film saga and won an Oscar in 2002 for her work in Monster's Ball - won the top honour, the Global Icon Award.

"No one is ready to receive a global icon award," said Berry, who appeared flustered as she received her award. She added that she was "happy for the better interpersonal relationship" between the Chinese public and Hollywood stars.

Mexico's Guillermo del Toro won the top director award for his robot-and-monster movie Pacific Rim.

Orlando Bloom won the Best Global Movie Star award thanks to his appearance in hits such as The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, and The Lord of the Rings and Pirates of the Caribbean trilogies.

"Thanks to the fans that took time to see my movies," he said, as he held up his award.

In 2013, 11 of the 20 top grossing films in China were Hollywood productions. At the same time, China's market for movies grew at a stunning 35 per cent last year.