The Star Awards 2021 will be held on 18 April. This year’s award ceremony is different because last year’s was postponed due to Covid-19.
As such, there are more nominees for each award category.
For instance, the Top 10 Most Popular Male/ Female Artiste award typically has 20 nominees each.
This year, there are 30 nominees for each category. This means, 60 celebrities are essentially competing for the 20 coveted spots.
Here are the nominees:
Top 30 Most Popular Female Artistes
Denise Camillia Tan
Top 30 Most Popular Male Artistes
Interestingly, Felicia Chin, Zheng Geping, and Dennis Chew are competing for their 10th trophy, after-which they will ascend to collect the All-Time Favourite Artiste Award the following year.
Out of the 60 nominees, 15 of them made it to the list for the first time. Most of them are new-comers, including Chantalle Ng, who recently caught the attention of many with her portrayal of a Vietnamese bride in hit drama series, My Star Bride.
Veteran Hong Kong actor Ng Man-tat died on Saturday, 27 February at the age of 70. He was diagnosed with cancer last year and has been receiving treatment in Macau.
Ng debuted 47 years ago and was featured in more than 154 films. He is perhaps, largely remembered as the sidekick of Stephen Chow.
Here are some of the films that were particularly special to him:
1. The Final Combat (1989)
The friendship between Ng and Chow probably started with their first wuxia movie collaboration. Ng had a dual role in the film. He acted as the apprentice of the Celestine Sect, who must fight off his evil twin brother (also acted by him).
2. All for the winner (1990)
This movie was Hong Kong’s highest-grossing film of 1990 and was a spin-off to God of Gambler. Ng took on the role of Blackie Tat, the money-minded, Hong Kong uncle to Stephen Chow.
With his convincing acting, Ng clinched the Best Actor Nomination at the 10th Hong Kong film awards the following year.
3. Portland Street Blues (1998)
This is one of the few movies in which Ng took a more serious role, making this movie an example of his versatility in acting. In this movie, Ng played Sister’s 13 (Sandra Ng) father and had to portray emotions of rejection and hurt.
4. The Hospital (2006)
This was one of the memorable shows in which Ng did not act with Stephen Chow.
In this show, Ng plays the director of the NUUH Surgery Department. He is also the tormentor of the protagonist (Jerry Yan). He earned a nomination for the Best Supporting Actor at the 42nd Golden Bells Award in 2017.
5. The Legend Of Shaolin Temple (2021)
This 2021 Chinese New Year film was the final works of Ng. In this show, Ng plays the support role of Ke Shang Lao Zhe.
Thank you Uncle Tat for the joy and laughter you gave to the different generations watching your movies.