PETALING JAYA: Amid the gloom of the economic downturn, the SARS epidemic and the death of superstar Leslie Cheung, the 22nd Hong Kong Film Awards ceremony last night was a sombre affair with some nominees choosing not to attend while those who attended generally wore black.
The Hong Kong-produced triad-and-cop drama Infernal Affairs took home the award for Best Film, Best Director (shared between Andrew Lau and Alan Mak), Best Actor for Tony Leung Chiu Wai and Best Supporting Actor for Anthony Wong Chau San.
It shared the most number of winnings with China-produced Hero, a martial arts film directed by internationally acclaimed Zhang Yimou, which took home the Best Cinematography, Best Action Choreography and Best Musical Score awards. Both films received a total of seven awards.
It was also another golden moment for Malaysian actress Lee Sin Jie when she received the Best Actress award over early favourites Faye Wong and Maggie Cheung. She won for her performance in the horror flick The Eye. Lee, however, did not attend the ceremony.
Host Eric Tsang opened the ceremony on a solemn but inspirational note, inviting those who had chosen to attend to continue the fight to make Hong Kong a good place to be again.
The four Heavenly Kings'', Andy Lau, Jacky Cheung, Aaron Kwok and Leon Lai, then went on stage to pay tribute to the late Leslie Cheung, who plunged to his death in an apparent suicide last week. Cheung was also nominated for Best Actor at the awards for his performance in Inner Senses.
There was no lack of stars in spite of the SARS fear.
The event was broadcast live over Astro's Wah Lai Toi.
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