This year’s MediaCorp Star Awards seemed to sparkle more than before, with new stars and a new venue.
This was a year of many firsts. It was the first time that the Star Awards was split into two award shows held over two weekends, with the first taking place on April 18, and the second taking place at Resorts World Sentosa’s Compass Ballroom on April 25. This was the first time the award show has been held outside the MediaCorp Theatre.
Several new awards were also introduced this year, including Favorite Male Character, Favorite Female Character and Most Unforgettable TV Villain.
Up-and-coming actor Dai Yang Tian won the Male Media Darling, while Joanne Peh was his female counterpart. Jerry Yeo was named the Most Unforgettable Villain for his role in The Ultimatum.
The event at Resorts World Sentosa was spectacular with the stars all dressed to thrill as they strolled down the red carpet, much to the delight of the screaming fans. Hosted by veterans emcees Guo Liang and Quan Yifeng, the night’s guest-of-honor was Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean.
With special appearances by regional celebrities such as Mark Chao, Susanna Kwan and Cai Yue Xun, as well as a special performance by singer JJ Lin, it truly was a night to remember.
Despite the hype generated by the media for the newcomers on the scene, the veterans dominated the spotlight by sweeping the top acting accolades. Chen Han Wei was named Best Actor for his role as a house-husband in Daddy At Home and Chen Li Ping (aka Ai-Yo-Yo) won the coveted Best Actress Award for her portrayal as a housewife making ends meet in Reunion Dinner. Zhu Hou Ren, who, in the same series, played Chen’s father-in-law who suffers from dementia, went home with the Best Supporting Actor award. Constance Song was named Best Supporting Actress for her villainous role in The Ultimatum. She gave a tearful thank you speech, stating that she had waited 12 years for this recognition.
Blockbuster drama Together won Best Drama Serial. Bryan Wong was recognized as the Best Info-Ed Program Host for Food Hometown 2 and Mark Lee went home with the Best Variety Show Host award for It’s A Small World.
This year, Mark Lee and Christopher Lee were named All-Time Favorite Artistes in recognition of their 10 years of receiving the Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes award.
The most striking outfit of the evening had to be Joanne Peh’s black Gucci stunner which had two cut-outs on either side of her torso. “So revealing!” screeched some, but the statuesque beauty carried it off beautifully. As the last award for the Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes was about to be given out and a handful of stars were already crowding around Peh with their hands outstretched, waiting to congratulate her, even before her name was announced.
When her name was indeed called, she went on stage to receive her award, revealing her sexy black dress in all its glory.
Belinda Lee: “Thank You, Everyone!”
|PHOTO COURTESY OF SHANE CHIANG|
This year was also the first time Belinda Lee was a nominee for the Top 20 Female Artistes at the Star Awards 2010. “I didn’t have much to showcase this year, such as a memorable travelogue, for my audience to want to nominate me, and yet I was still nominated for the Top 20 Female Artistes at the Star Awards. As such, I knew in my heart that this had to be a miracle from God.”
The bubbly star said, “At the end of the awards ceremony, the first thing that came to my mind was to run towards my friends who were supporting me at the show, to say a very, very big thank you! It was so surreal to see all these familiar faces—it was like I was back home in church. I felt God’s love and presence all the more, because even though I didn’t go on stage to win an award, I still felt like a winner at the end of the day. My heartfelt gratitude to everyone for their unwavering support —for your calls, messages, and just being there for me this whole time. Your strong belief in me drives me to continue striving for excellence in all that I do.”
STAR AWARDS 2010 WINNERS
Best Actor: Chen Hanwei (Daddy At Home)
Best Actress: Chen Liping (Reunion Dinner)
Best Supporting Actor: Zhu Hou Ren (Reunion Dinner)
Best Supporting Actress: Constance Song (The Ultimatum)
Best Drama Serial: Together
Best Variety Program: It’s A Small World
Best Variety Special: The Chinese Challenge Grand Final
Best Newscaster: Zhao Wenbei
Best Current Affairs Presenter: Chun Guek Lay
Best Variety Show Host: Mark Lee (It’s A Small World)
Best Info-Ed Program Host: Bryan Wong (Food Hometown 2)
Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes:
Quan Yifeng, Xiang Yun, Rui En, Vivian Lai, Michelle Chia, Jesseca Liu, Yvonne Lim, Felicia Chin, Jeanette Aw, Joanne Peh
Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes:
Elvin Ng, Dai Yang Tian, Bryan Wong, Qi Yuwu, Chen Hanwei, Tay Ping Hui, Zhang Yao Dong, Zheng Geping, Dennis Chew, Guo Liang