The triad epic Election scooped the top honours at last night's Hong Kong Film Awards, while Tsui Hark, whose martial arts spectacular Seven Swords had been nominated in 11 categories, went home empty-handed. But neither best director Johnnie To Kei-fung nor best actor Tony Leung Ka-fai were able to pick up their awards at the Coliseum. Leung, who was in the middle of his stage show Love in a Fallen City, thanked organisers through a live broadcast from the Academy of Performing Arts. To was busy preparing his latest projects and thanked the film's crew through an assistant. Election was also voted best film, beating the much-fancied musical Perhaps Love, while the script, by Yau Nai-hoi and Yip Tin-shing, won for best screenplay. Perhaps Love did win six awards, including best actress for Zhou Xun . Mainlander Zhou, who will appear in Feng Xiaogang's highly anticipated The Banquet with Zhang Ziyi, burst into tears as she collected her award. 'I was very excited when they called my name,' she said. 'Before, I didn't think that I would win. I was only thinking of participating at a Hong Kong event.' Andrew Lau Wai-keung and Alan Mak Siu-fai's comic adaptation Initial D was the other big winner, picking up four awards, including best supporting actor for Anthony Wong Chau-sang.