I let it stew a day or so but I'm still mildly depressed over the fact Sean is robbed by Andy and is now only official honored by a HKFA best actor for My Name is Fame, an ode to HK movie industry, in a role that's nth much to write home about, when he's just cruisin' by, still amazing, of course, always. While the movie is decent, it's dealing him sucha shorthand of his capabilities. He may not be classic romantic lead material in looks, but he owns it in every outing as a romantic lead, have amazing natural chemistry with Cecilia in Lost in Time (such an awesome love story!) so rarely seen when both leads r equally terrific. Rare, but he's done it WAY back with Anita Yuen in her breakout role in C'est la Vie, Mon Cheri (1993). He graciously took a backseat and did an understated, nuanced, underappreciated supporting role opposite Anita, be the foil and let her gloriously shine as befitting the story. Any other big name star will certainly fight for his own dazzle (ie an Andy) and Anita will not hit as huge a jackpot, catapulting her very successful career in the 90s.
Yup, I was much more ragey when Andy robbed his pitch perfect perf as Dai Fei in Lost in Time just coz dapper Mr ALau looked good in a fat/muscle suit carrying a fake tree trunk. And is he REALLY better than Sean in Running out of Time?!
I know I know, HKFA is a popularity contest where Andy Lau is awarded every time he can tone down his AndyLau-ness. He really did a fine job I can't nitpick in ASL, so this is nth I did not expect and I TRIED to not rant. But I know well enough his ASL perf is the very best he can do, nth more and it doesnt change my (low)expectation of him come next project. This is a category that notoriously gets my blood boils….where Francis Ng has yet to win, where Leslie is only honored for his perf in Days of Being Wild. I don't just pick on Andy, I think Leslie should have won over myTonyLeung for Happy Together. And it is a disgrace his perf in Farewell My Concubine was not even nominated, rules or no rules. No number of honorary awards postmortem can undo the wrongs HKFA!
rottenApple and the likes spit out lies of him spotting a black-face once his loss is announced. I don't see it other than he's trying to smile. And I won't be blaming him if he didnt give a shit to even fake a smile though.
And lets not talk about Sean at his best in Mad Detective and got snubbed over JetLi. I like Jet enough, but he's no! Actor! *CRIESSS!!! IT STILL HURTS!!!*
There he is, this terrific actor, Peter Chan lovingly calls him the HK Robert DeNiro, constantly awesome in everything he's done, even in PoSs, the only consolation is he's got the populace's vote as the best actor in our hearts fr the out pour of love in weibosphere and news the day after. And last year, he's working HARD and done 2 equally top-notch performances in 2 great movies that's come to be expected from him. Then there's Andy the superidol, who is decent, but so very dashingly AndyLau in everything he does…and finally masters a babystep of subtlety and control. And many can't help but wonder if we give him a pat on the back everytime he's improved because at the back of our mind we've never considered him a talented actor and this is unexpected of him…when isn't this what a Francis Ng, a Sean Lau, an Anthony Wong, a Simon Yam, the Tony Leungs….etcetcetc can do every freaken time because it's so basic to be asked of an actor?!?!!?!?!?!
To lift my own mood a little (and since I'm shopping for a gown atm) lets look at the fashion:
This is my favorite HK star couple. Those genuine happy smiles! Other than that questionable crotch peekaboo hole, this is an awesome dress. What a splash of spring so hard to pull off as classy with our yellowish skintone. What a perfectly lean body with all the right subtle curves…and what a happy lovely classy arm-candy you have there, both of you!
Tony is playing the role of a supportive spouse, but they seems a bit stuffy and dull, subpar for the TonyCarina aka HK's Bragelina. Carina, you can carry every blinding color and prints. You know it, don't forget, ever.
backstage snapshot fr Tony's hairdresser/stylist. *SWOON~* I bet he's not even thinking a thing, waiting for Carina's powder room break, and be this attractive.
Another power couple, Sandra Ng and Peter Chan. I love Sandra as a radiohost the best, that sassy mouth on her!! She always looks put-together on the red carpet and a regular on the best-dress lists there.
How Adorbs! Kenneth Tsang has been rocking the most scene-stealing charismatic meanie/baddie variety since 1983. He's my vote for best supporting actor in the most competitive category this year. Yeah if he can, with a glance, steal the thunder fr SeanLau, Daniel Wu and the (lesser in my eyes) Louis Koo combined in OH2, I have to redo my vow of my forever loyalty to your fangirldom *bow*.
These are apples in the eyes of their fans: Ko Chen-tung and Michelle Chen. I'm meh with the movie, it's really nth special and I find it very cliched and draggy at parts. They r good as their characters in the movie, but when they step outside of that 2 hours+, they are so void of pizazz, esp Michelle. It's like they've used up every bit of their charisma in that movie. The only thing constructive Apple did is making me appreciate those TW arthouse coming of age mood pieces like Blue Gate or Eternal Summer more.
The dress itself is fresh and dreamy and young and romantic like the blossoms adorning it on the model, the opposite on Michelle, she's not even 3-0, but looking so dour and matronly, my worst dressed person of the night:
Speaking of Blue Gate Crossing, my TW girlcrush is so channeling it:
Doesn't she look like the vision of what 孟克柔 will be 10 years later IF she's going to glam up for a catching up with 張士豪 just to make her guybff happy and jaws dropped on floor?!?!?
Angelababy is my vote for best dressed. Youth is so working towards her advantage, she looks fresh and dewy in sth easily matronly with the cut, draping and sequins galore! She looks nth but sweet and pretty in it instead of too overtly sexy like a girl stealing her mom's outfit and lipstick. I do like her, not nec her acting, but she carries herself very well in person and she's the rare case of PS done very right, carving out a career fr nth, good for her.
Although the fashionistas r unanimously raving ShuQi and she got a whatever best dressed award for it at HKFA, I don't like it. The gown is comparable to Angela's, pulling all the stops to be glamorous and loud. Her body is perfect, her boobs, as we can see them, r FINE and where they perkily were 10 yrs+ ago and vavavoomsexy! even the retro coif and the bloodred lips r similar, but SQ just looks gaunt and bordello madame, perfect for Twilight's Edward's Dad's Asian Vampira Mistress who is actually a monster sprouted out of an evil kiwi though.
So far, lessons learnt: sequins very in, cobalt blue in for the younger fresher crowd, kiwi green (or black, or white) for the more matured ladies. hmmm
Last but not least:
Yang Mi is my close second for best dressed. Not exactly best dressed per se because her undergarments need to be burnt and replaced and the seams r all over the place weird, BUT in non closed-up on the detailing she looks the best I've seen her since forever! She's glowing and sporting a calm confident, much more at ease on the red carpet…and I'm glad it's almost like she's grown into her PS, it doesnt look as jaunting as it used to, almost like the foreign matters r smoothed out and meshing up in harmony with her own…stuff.
[credit on pics; fr weibo and tianya]
And I'll drink my sorrow away with the thought Sean is on a roll, I'll see him soon in Lost Bullets (with YangMi and NicTse) and Fairy Tale Killers (scary movie….argh! what I do for you Sean!!!) very soon. The big budget Inferno 3D (with Louis Koo) is in production.