The 31st Hong Kong Films Awards will be held at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre on 15 April, since the day where the nominee list had been announced, it resulted several number of movie fans to “spitting at the list”, meanwhile when the nominees photographs were revealed, what’s puzzling is the entourage of Let The Bullets Fly which has 13 nominations was absent, not only Best Actor nominees Jiang Wen and Ge You, even Best Supporting Actress nominee Carina Lau did not appear in the group photo. In comparison, the nominees from A Simple Life were all at the center positions in the group photo, it seems that A Simple Life will be winning awards.
Different from previous years where group photographs of nominees of the same category, in this year’s magazine’s group photograph gathered the nominees in Best Director, Best Actor and Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Actress and Best New Artist. Those whom participated in the group photo-taking includes Ann Hui, Tsui Hark, Alan Mak, Felix Chong, Andy Lau, Lau Ching Wan, Shu Qi, Tang Wei, Gao Yuan Yuan, Zhou Xun, Wang Yu, Paul Chun, Lo Hoi Pang, Kenneth Tsang, Kara Hui, Qin Hailu, Guey Lun-mei, Jam Hsiao, Shiga Lin, Zheng Shuang, Karena Ng and Sheng Jian.
Other than Johnnie To who absent himself every year, all nominees from Emperor Group were absent. Let The Bullets Fly which is the hot favorite as it has 13 nominations was absent, not only Best Actor nominees Jiang Wen and Ge You, even Best Supporting Actress nominee Carina Lau did not appear in the photo shoot. In addition, Nicholas Tse who was nominated for Best Supporting Actor in Shaolin also did not appear in the group photo. As Lau Ching Wan is nominated with Best Actor with two films, with the absent of Jiang Wen and Ge You, thus only two nominees of the Best Actor award appeared in the group photo. This could also be the reason that Hong Kong Film Awards changed its idea of group photo for the nominees of individual award category, because it would be indeed odd for two person for the Best Actor category.
Since without the group photograph of individual award nominees, in the past people would like to guess the “2 right” persons will win award does not exist. Worth mentioning is in this year’s group photograph, seated in the center are nominees for Best Actor and Actress – Andy Lau and Deanie Ip, both from the film A Simple Life, Best Supporting Actress nominee Qin Hailu who is from the same film is also standing at the back row’s center position. It can be seen that A Simple Life is the favorite among all favorites in this year’s award, looked like it’s fixed to win awards.
Currently, Andy’s wife is 7 months pregnant, expected to give birth in June. Being a loving husband, other than promotion for A Simple Life, he had stopped work completely, he had indicated earlier that he might absent himself at the 15 April award presentation ceremony as he would stayed home to accompany his wife. However, insider revealed to Hong Kong media that there’s possibility that Andy would not keep his words.
The Hong Kong media said that Andy had initially informed the Hong Kong Film Awards committee that he would not be attending the ceremony, but the committee managed to convince him and express that A Simple Life has high possibility of becoming this year’s biggest winner, this made Andy who is one of the film’s investor to have a change of heart as he decided to “apply leave” from his wife to attend the ceremony.