For Ajoomma’s ajoomma Hong Huifang, shining on the carpet of the Golden Horse Awards wasn’t enough for her to bring home a shining horse.
Going Home Without Horse
On November (19 Nov), the 61-year-old acting veteran sadly did not walk away with a win for the Best Leading Actress award at the 59th Golden Horse Awards.
The award instead, was handed to Taiwanese actress Sylvia Chang for her performance in the Hong Kong drama A Light Never Goes Out, where she coincidentally played the role of a widow; the same role Hong starred in Ahjooma.
Similarly, Ajoomma did not manage to take home awards from its other nomination, including Best New Director for He Shumin, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Supporting Actor for Jun Dong-Hwan.
Although she may not have won then, we know for sure that she has definitely won us with her stellar performance.
Wait, actually, her hugging Yeo Jin-goo makes her a winner for life already.
Talking to The Straits Times, both Director He and Hong expressed how it was a wonderful honor to be able to attend the prestigious event, even if they did not win anything.
For Hong, this is just a continuation of her hard work while she waits for the next opportunity.
Another Singapore-related nomination at the event includes Geylang, a crime thriller that starred Mark Lee and was produced by Jack Neo. Likewise, it failed to win any awards.
Hong did, however, take home the Best Actress at the closing ceremony of the Asian World Film Festival held on Friday (18 Nov) in Los Angeles.
That marks her first film award in their almost four-decade-long acting career.
More about Ajoomma
Ajoomma was actually a joint production between Korea and Singapore, and the premise of the film centered around a middle-aged widow who rediscovers herself during a solo trip to South Korea.
The film was co-produced by Anthony Chen, whose other notable works include Ilo Ilo; both movies share an overall heartwarming and bittersweet tone in their storytelling.
With Ilo Ilo, the film bagged four major awards at the 2013 Golden Horse event, including for Best Featured Film.
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