Monday, October 19, 2009

Black and White Dominates Golden Bell Awards

Taiwan's main television awards ceremony, the Golden Bell Awards, was held last Friday, and the hit drama series Black and White (痞子英雄) emerged as the night's biggest winner. The police drama, an enormous ratings success (see my blog post here), was awarded five trophies including Best Drama and Best Director (Tsai Yue Xun - 蔡岳勋).

Black and White also took out Best Actor, but the award was not without controversy. Mark Zhao (赵又廷), starring in his first major production beat his co-star, the more experienced and much more heavily-favoured, Vic Zhou. The result was a real shock, surprising even the show's producers, and creating much internet chatter amongst the show's fans, not all of whom agreed with the judges' choice.

The Golden Bell Awards have a history of throwing up surprising choices, and the Best Actress award to Liu Ruiqi (刘瑞琪) for Marriage for Three Woman (女仨的婚事) was also unexpected. Most pundits had expected Cheryl Yang to be announced the winner for her performance in Defeated Queen.

One of the most popular awards of the night was for TV host Hu Gua (胡瓜). On thirteen previous occasions Hu had been nominated but had never won; however this year was fourteenth time lucky for the host of Challenge 101. Best Variety Show went to the satirical current affairs show The Biggest Political Party (全民最大党).

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