Hong Kong Film Awards nominations 2018: Ann Hui’s Our Time Will Come leads race with 11 nods
Veteran director Ann Hui’s wartime drama Our Time Will Come picked up 11 nominations, including best picture, while Love Education and Paradox were nominated for nine awards each
After two consecutive years in which the eventual best picture winners were prohibited from being mentioned in Chinese media, the Hong Kong Film Awards has found a considerable sense of restored order as it announced the nominations for its 37th ceremony on Tuesday.
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Among the five best picture nominees – all of which are directed by veteran filmmakers, unlike last year – Ann Hui On-wah’s Our Time Will Come leads the race with 11 nominations. The wartime drama was named the best local film of 2017 by the Hong Kong Film Critics Society in January, after topping a list compiled by the Post in December, which ranked every major Hong Kong film released in 2017.
Still, observers of China’s censorship patterns should keep an eye on the best supporting actress category: it will be interesting to see if Deanie Ip Tak-han (Our Time Will Come) – a pro-democracy singer-actress who was rumoured to be a factor behind her film losing the Shanghai film festival opening slot last year – will be hidden from the Chinese broadcast of the awards, the way best picture winners Trivisa and Ten Years did in previous years.
Nine nominations, respectively, went to Sylvia Chang Ai-chia’s multigenerational relationship drama Love Education and Wilson Yip Wai-shun’s brutal action thriller Paradox , which earned Louis Koo Tin-lok his third best actor nod at the awards, having also been nominated in 2009 for Run Papa Run and 2014 for The White Storm.
The award winners will be announced on Sunday April 15 at a ceremony at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre in Tsim Sha Tsui.
The full list of nominations is as follows:
Ronald Cheng (Concerto of the Bully), Andy Lau (Shock Wave), Tian Zhuangzhuang (Love Education), Louis Koo (Paradox), Ling Man-lung (Tomorrow Is Another Day)
Best supporting actor
Philip Keung (Concerto of the Bully), Philip Keung (Shock Wave), Yasuaki Kurata (The Empty Hands), Paul Chun (Love Off the Cuff), Lam Ka-tung (Paradox), Yasuaki Kurata (God of War)
Best supporting actress
Joyce Cheng (29+1), Deanie Ip (Our Time Will Come), Wu Yanshu (Love Education), Susan Shaw (Vampire Cleanup Department), Baby Bo (Somewhere Beyond the Mist)
Best new performer
Larine Tang (The Yuppie Fantasia 3), Stephanie Au (Love Off the Cuff), Hanna Chan (Paradox), Ling Man-lung (Tomorrow Is Another Day), Rachel Leung (Somewhere Beyond the Mist)
Our Time Will Come, The Empty Hands, Love Education, Chasing the Dragon, Paradox
Best film editing
In Your Dreams, Shock Wave, Our Time Will Come, Chasing the Dragon, Paradox
Best art direction
Best costume and make-up design
Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back, Our Time Will Come, Wukong, Chasing the Dragon, This Is Not What I Expected
Best action choreography
Best original film score
29+1, Concerto of the Bully, Our Time Will Come, The Empty Hands, Love Education
Best original film song
29+1, Concerto of the Bully, Love Education, Vampire Cleanup Department, This Is Not What I Expected
Best sound design
Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back, Shock Wave, Our Time Will Come, Wukong, Paradox
Best visual effects
Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back, The Thousand Faces of Dunjia, Shock Wave, The Founding of an Army, Wukong
Best new director
29+1, The Brink, The Empty Hands, This Is Not What I Expected, Tomorrow Is Another Day
Best film from mainland and Taiwan
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