Chinese romantic crime drama “Better Days” directed by Hong Kong’s Derek Tsang, scooped eight awards at this year’s Hong Kong Film Awards, including best film, best director, best screenplay and best actress. Critically acclaimed elderly gay drama “Suk Suk” took the best actor and best supporting actress awards, organizers announced on Wednesday afternoon.
Winners, however, were unable to give acceptance speeches on stage as the awards ceremony was cancelled due to the coronavirus epidemic. The results were announced instead via a 25-minute live streaming event hosted by awards chairman Derek Yee.
Dressed in black tie, Yee appeared to be sitting in a dimly lit VIP cinema among the awards statuettes, yet to be presented to the recipients. He said despite the cancellation of the star-studded awards ceremony, organizers kept the polling going and received 1,675 votes from industry practitioners, about 57% of registered voters.
“Better Days” was yanked by mainland authorities from the Berlinale last year, but later became a box office sensation. It also earned awards for acting star Zhou Dongyu and China pop sensation Jackson Yee, and for best original film song for “Fly,” written by Ellen Joyce Loo, the Hong Kong singer-songwriter who died of suicide in 2018, age 32.
Action drama “Ip Man 4: The Finale” emerged as the biggest winner of craft awards, with prizes for film editing, sound design and Yuen Wo-ping’s action choreography.
2020 Hong Kong Film Awards Winners
“Better Days” Produced by: Jojo Yuet-chun Hui
Derek Kwok-cheung Tsang (“Better Days”)
Tai Bo (“Suk Suk”)
Zhou Dongyu (“Better Days”)
Lam Wing Sum, Li Yuan, Xu Yimeng (“Better Days”)
Best New Performer
Jackson Yee (“Better Days”)
Best New Director
Norris Wong Yee Lam (“My Prince Edward”)
Best Costume & Makeup Design
Dora Ng (“Better Days”)
Best Art Direction
Cheung Siu Hong (“Fagara”)
Best Film Editing
Cheung Ka Fai (“Ip Man 4: The Finale”)
Yu Jing Pin (“Better Days”)
Best Supporting Actor
Cheung Tat Ming (“i’m livin’ it”)
Best Supporting Actress
Patra Au Ga Man (“Suk Suk”)
Best Action Choreography
Yuen Wo Ping (“Ip Man 4: The Finale”)
Best Visual Effects
Yee Kwok Leung, Ma Siu Fu, Leung Wai Man, Ho Man Lok (“The White Storm 2: Drug Lords”)
Best Sound Design
Lee Yiu Keung George, Yiu Chun Hin (“Ip Man 4: The Finale”)
Best Original Film Song
“Fly” (from “Better Days”). Composer: Ellen Joyce Loo. Lyrics: Ellen Joyce Loo, Wu Qing Feng. Vocal artist: Yoyo Sham.
Best Original Film Score
Eman Lam (“My Prince Edward”)
Best Asian Chinese-Language Film
“An Elephant Sitting Still”