Wednesday, September 29, 2010

5 Awards for The Iron Lady

Moment of glory at inaugural Golden Awards (The Star)

Tuesday, September 28

By Seto Kit Yan

Malaysia celebrated its best talent in Chinese television with the Golden Awards.

Winners: Ntv7’s Golden Awards winners: (from left) You Di, Yise Loo, Cheryl Lee, Gary Yap, Natalie Ng, Desmond Tey, Ernest Chong, Debbie Goh, Melvin Sia, Chan Wei Wei, Owen Yap, Wong Loke Tung and Dylan Liong.

IT was a night of glitz and glamour at last Saturday’s Ntv7’s Golden Awards, Malaysia’s first Chinese television awards show. Presented by Ntv7 at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre, it was attended by a 2,000-strong crowd and over 100 local and international artistes.

The red-carpet show was hosted by 988 DJ Luke and the TV station’s news anchor Tiang Kah Chee, while the awards show hosts were 988 DJ and 8TV host Cheryl Lee and Singapore Mediacorp’s “hosting king” Bryan Wong.

Nineteen awards and RM100,000 in cash were offered. Each award came with a gold-plated trophy and RM5,000 cash prize.

As anticipated, the biggest winner of the night was the Double Vision-produced family drama, The Iron Lady (Ntv7), which notched five wins out of its six nominations in the drama category: best drama, best actress (Yeo Yann Yann), best supporting actress (Seck Fook Yee), best drama theme song (sung by You Di) and most popular drama.

Yeo Yann Yann (The Iron Lady) with her best actress award.

It was a double win for both actor Melvin Sia and news anchor Owen Yap. Sia nabbed both the best actor (Ntv7’s Romantic Delicacies) and most popular actor awards and Yap was voted best current affairs host (8TV’s Mandarin news) and best variety and entertainment programme host (Ntv7’s Deal Or No Deal).

Even awards host Lee had an exciting time as she sang the theme for Ntv7 drama Age Of Glory, one of the songs in the running for best drama theme song. She also walked away as winner of the best reality programme host award (8TV’s Project Superstar 3).

Veteran actress Lai Meng, 83, received a standing ovation when she was presented with the Golden Awards Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2008, Lai became the third Malaysian actress to have scored a nomination at Taiwan’s Golden Horse Awards after Datuk Michelle Yeoh and Lee Sinje, for her role in Jack Neo’s Money No Enough 2.

Lai Meng with her Golden Awards Lifetime Achievement Award.

Providing entertainment for the night were local artistes You Di, Leslie Chai, Johnson Wee, Jeanie Lee, Dave Chai and Loo Wan Chia; homegrown international artistes Nicholas Teo, Fish Leong, Henley Hii, Yise Loo, Jac Wu, Thomas Jack and Chen Jia Kai; Taiwan’s Sam Lee and Godfrey Tsao; 2010 Hong Kong Film Awards best new performer Aarif Rahman and electric violinist Jamii Szmadzinski (formerly of Grammy Award-winning band Shadowfax).

Honour roll

Drama category

Best Drama: The Iron Lady (ntv7)

Best Actor: Melvin Sia (Romantic Delicacies/ntv7)

Best Actress: Yeo Yann Yann (The Iron Lady)

Best Supporting Actor: Ernest Chong (Exclusive/ntv7)

Best Supporting Actress: Seck Fook Yee (The Iron Lady)

Best Newcomer: Yise Loo (Goodnight DJ/8TV)

Best Drama Theme Song: The Iron Lady theme by You Di

Non-drama category

Best Current Affairs Programme: Siasat Mandarin – Case Of Migrants/ntv7 (hosted by Wong Loke Tung)

Best Current Affairs Host: Owen Yap (Mandarin news/8TV)

Best Magazine Programme: My Home (hosted by Desmond Tey, 8TV)

Best Magazine Programme Host: Chan Wei Wei (Finding Angels/ntv7)

Best Reality Programme: Ultimate Power Group Season 1 (hosted by Gary Yap and Natalie Ng, 8TV)

Best Reality Programme Host: Cheryl Lee (Project Superstar 3/8TV)

Best Variety and Entertainment Programme: Double Triple Or Nothing (hosted by Dylan Liong, 8TV)

Best Variety and Entertainment Programme Host: Owen Yap (Deal Or No Deal 2/ntv7)

Viewers’ choice category

Most Popular Actor: Melvin Sia

Most Popular Actress: Debbie Goh

Most Popular Drama: The Iron Lady

Most Popular TV Host/Presenter for a Non-Drama: Gary Yap

Lifetime Achievement Award

Lai Meng

Metzelder says: It was a great event for Malaysia's entertainment industry. There are talking about the stage and also seats that are unoccupied.

I shall explain the concerns; the venue for this awards is not suitable. PICC is proposed by Government to be new Parliment house for country and also is mainly used for Mice (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions, Exhibitions). Should the stage built on smaller scale.

With capacity of 3,000 seats, Plenary Hall obviously look empty as the crowd is only about 2,000. It is probally the mismanagement of hosts to ensure more tickets are given out to crowd.

The hosting of the awards by Cheryl and Bryan is good and the ambience is there. Red carpet is very successful and it creates excitement, with the lively environment.

I have to say that Bryan did his best to guide along Cheryl, his young co-host and calm her as she is nominated for 4 categories and she won the Best Reality Programme Host for SuperStar 3, beat her arch rivals Gary Yap from the same program.

The trophy may look simple but the recoginition far outweighs.

Congratulates to all winner and nominees, the platform is for the ones who work hard. The next Golden Awards will be held on 2012.