Golden Awards 2012 nominees revealed
By Chew Wan Ying
It's that time again when local Chinese TV's cream of the crop will vie for the top honour in the industry.
Two years after the first winners were crowned, the Golden Awards is back, with the top 10 nominees in the three categories, namely drama, non-drama and viewers' choice, being unveiled recently.
A total of 23 awards will be handed out at the award show, which will be aired live from Putrajaya International Convention Centre (PICC) on Sept 22.
Period drama Age of Glory 2, 8TV anniversary drama A Time to Embrace and light-hearted sitcom Time FM lead the pack with nine nominations, followed closely by Footprints in the Sand and Forget Me Not, each with eight nods.
All eyes are on the fight between Debbie Goh, Chris Tong and Yenn Teoh for the coveted award of Best Actress. Despite being first-time nominees, Tong and Teoh manage to score double entries into the category. Tong wowed critics with her natural delivery in A Time to Embrace as well as investigative series The Adjusters, while Teoh, her co-star in The Adjusters and a veteran in the industry, is nominated for both The Adjusters and Footprints in the Sand.
On the other hand, Goh, 32, also earns two nods in the category with her performances in Age of Glory 2 and Glowing Embers. In fact, the beauty queen-turned-actress is seen as a strong contender for the title, when Yeo Yann Yann - to whom she lost out for Best Actress in 2010 - is not up for the award this year.
Instead, Yeo - who surprised everyone when she got hitched in March - is competing in another category: Best Supporting Actress. The mother-to-be, who charms us with two entirely different characters in Time FM and A Time to Embrace, will be pitted against seasoned thespian Seck Fook Yee, who won the award two years ago. Seck is nominated for her roles in Footprints in the Sand and Age of Glory 2.
As for the award of Best Actor, last time's winner Melvin Sia is up for the award again with his role in mystery thriller Goodnight DJ2, along with the likes of William San (Forget Me Not), Frederick Lee (Glowing Embers), Henley Hii (A Time to Embrace), Leslie Chai (Age of Glory 2) and Adrian Tan (Time FM).
Tan further proves that his star is on the rise, with nominations in not just the category of Best Actor, but also for Best Newcomer and Best Drama Theme Song. In fact, he is widely seen as a favourite in the second category, which also include singer-actress Soo Wincci, popular TV host Belinda Chee and child star Crystal Lee.
The nominees in each category will be whittled down to five and the top five will be announced in July. The full list of nominees can be found on here.
Published May 7 2012