SINGAPORE – Best Lead Actor award featured Singaporean actor Mark Lee at the Golden Horse Awards held in Taipei on Saturday (November 21) but the 52-year-old can take comfort in the comforting words of his 12-year-old daughter Calista .
“He told me (after the loss): ‘It’s okay, you still have a long journey ahead.’ I’m 52 so it’s like I’m having a long journey I have to live until 100, “he jokes in a phone interview with The Straits Times on Sunday (Nov. 22) the afternoon of his arrival Singapore.
Lee attended the prestigious awards ceremony – dubbed the Chinese language cinema Oscars – after being nominated for his performance in musical comedy No. 1. He flew home Sunday morning and is now serving his week-long stay-at-home alert.
The actor is married to housewife Catherine Ng, who attended the ceremony with him. Besides Calista, they have two younger children – Marksonn, nine, and Calynn, seven.
Hopes for Lee’s victory were high after the film captured Best Makeup and Costume Design – his only other nomination – earlier in the evening.
She said: “I told Jaspers (co-star and screenwriter for No. 1) and the others: ‘It’s okay, even if I lose, at least we got one victory.'”
He admitted that he felt “a little disappointed” that the Best Leading Actor award eventually went to Taiwanese actor Mo Tzu-yi for his role in Dear Tenant. But he was grateful for the opportunity to attend the event and meet actors and insiders from the film industry, including Golden Horse festival chairman and Oscar-winning director Ang Lee.
“Ang Lee came by our post-awards show party and we were all so surprised. He thanked us for quarantining and attending and told us he liked our film and hopes that more Singapore films will compete. in the future.”
Ever the humorist, he adds: “He even told me he hoped I would get a chance to work together one day. I told him I would do it for free if he asked me to appear on film, but that I won’t do it naked. . My body can’t do it. “
Lee hopes the press from the Golden Horse Awards will encourage more local viewers to see No. 1 in theaters here. The film opened on October 22 and is still being shown in cinemas.
Another Singaporean who came home happy from the awards ceremony is songwriter Tan Boon Wah.
The 44-year-old scooped the Best Original Movie Song Award for Your Engraved Name Here – the theme song for the gay-themed romance movie of the same name.
He shared the award with fellow songwriters – Malaysians Keon Chia and Hooi Yuan Teng – as well as the song’s performers, Mandopop star Crowd Lu and film actor Edward Chen.
Tan – whose daily job is a corporate real estate lawyer at Allen & Gledhill – told ST after announcing the happy news: “I sincerely hope this will encourage Singaporeans. They don’t need to think they have to be stuck in just one. profession. They should dare to dream and try to excel in interests other than their main job. “