The Dream Makers leads Star Awards 2014 nods
SINGAPORE — Someone once said, if you want to dream, dream big. So perhaps it’s appropriate that the Chinese blockbuster drama The Dream Makers turned out to be the big leader for this year’s Star Awards, garnering 19 nominations.
In second place, with 11 nominations, is another blockbuster drama of the year, The Journey: A Voyage. Both dramas are competing for Best Drama Serial, Best Director and Best Screenplay, and both have multiple nominations in the Best Actor category, with Qi Yuwu and Chen Hanwei representing The Dream Makers, and Pierre Png and Terence Cao being acknowledged for their work in The Journey: A Voyage. Bryan Wong (Gonna Make It) rounds up this group.
Whether The Dream Makers will make a clean sweep at the Star Awards is anybody’s guess, but if it does, it will add much to the celebratory mood of this year’s event, as it marks the show’s 20th year.
Although Cao has been highly commended for his villainous turn as an abusive husband in The Journey: A Voyage, he thinks his chances of winning are “impossible”. “Pierre did a really good job,” he said. “I’m happy, but a nomination for a baddie role can never get you very far. The only person who could take it there and win it was Xie Shaoguang!”
He added: “Actually, I’m very happy to have received a lot of attention because of this role in the past few months. I’ve never gotten that sort of attention before — not since Chu Lu, but that was too long ago, I’ve forgotten what it feels like! Drama making and role creating is a lot of hard work for everyone and it feels super good to have such attention.”
The Best Actress field sees Chen Li Ping, Jeanette Aw and Rui En (The Dream Makers) vying against Rebecca Lim for Sudden and Chris Tong for The Journey: A Voyage.
Like Cao, Aw, who played an insecure actress in The Dream Makers, is grateful that she has had a role that garnered much attention. “I had a lot of very good feedback so I’m very encouraged and very happy,” she said. “I would say that I’ve been very lucky. I’ve had a few representative works, from Holland V to The Little Nyonya — and this one.”
However, the actress said she wasn’t getting her hopes up to take the gong. Despite being nominated in this category several times, she has never received the award.
“I have to be honest and say I hope I can (win) because as long as you’re an actor, you hope to get recognition. Still, at the end of the day, I know that somehow, I don’t have any luck with this award!”
The Dream Makers continued their “round of three” in the Best Supporting Actor category with Dennis Chew, Shaun Chen and Guo Liang being nominated. Zhang Zhen Huan (Break Free) and Jeffrey Xu (Marry Me) round out the field.