The 31st Hong Kong Film Award will take place on April 15 at the Tsim Sha Tsui Cultural Center. Yesterday a press conference was held to announce the nominations. Every year Best Actor and Best Actress have been definite foci. Lau Ching Wan this year with LIFE WITHOUT PRINCIPLE (DUET MING GUM) and OVERHEARD 2 (SIT TING FUNG WON 2) received Best Actor nominations, competing with A SIMPLE LIFE (TOH JEH)'s Andy Lau Tak Wa and LET THE BULLETS FLY's Ge You and Jiang Wen. Best Actress favorite of course was A SIMPLE LIFE's multiple Best Actress award winner Deanie Ip Tak Han. A BEAUTIFUL LIFE's Shu Qi is considered the dark horse. WU XIA's Tang Wei, DON'T GO BREAKING MY HEART (DAN SUN NAM NUI)'s Gao Yuanyuan and FLYING SWORDS OF DRAGON GATE (LUNG MOON FEI GAP)'s Zhou Xun were also nominated. This year FLYING SWORDS OF DRAGON GATE and LET THE BULLETS FLY received the most nominations with 13 each.
Yesterday Lau Ching Wan, Nicholas Tse Ting Fung and the Hong Kong Film Award Association members attended the press conference. They announced the nominations. When Ting Fung announced Best Supporting Actor nominees, he realized that he was nominated with SHAOLIN (SUN SIU LUM JI) and was embarrassed. Later, Ting Fung said that he never thought that he would be nominated. Because SHAOLIN was made awhile ago, even he forgot about it. Speaking of the competition, he pointed out that his fellow nominees were all elders who he admired. He did not want to participate for three years in a row. This year he would already be very satisfied in the audience. Was it because he has already won both Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor he did not care? Ting Fung denied that as he would be very happy that others recognized his hard work. Among the nominees, he said that all were his elders. When he saw Uncle Kenneth Tsang Kong's OVERHEARD 2 performance he truly was stunned. Speaking of Lucas being hospitalized for illness, some said for four days, he said, "That's crazy, just one day. He's fine. During the New Year I had a stuffy nose too."
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