Not just because Sean Lau 劉青雲 finally got himself a deserved Golden Horse Best Actor trophy once and for all (so way long due for this actor), not just because he delivered a short but usual witty himself victory speech which put a big smile on my face, and not just because he was just plain downright AWESOME in Life Without Principle 奪命金, but because of Amy’s most heartfelt reaction to his win. That big loving smile of hers, the tears of joy, the happiness on her face seeing her hubby on stage. Love can be this simple.
I’m happy and elated for Sean, I loved him in the film. He had great contenders vying for the award (in fact I was a teeny weeny more for Nick Cheung to win for his performance in 大追捕, loved him in the film altho it wasn’t half as good as 奪命金) but I think the quality of the whole package, the film, cast and direction overall, contributed to his victory. One of the most unique HK films I’ve seen, with a clever and innovative approach to money being the root of evil (and probably sins if some see if that way). Sean Lau’s character only appeared 30 mins into the film, but his character totally commanded the minute he came in, elevating the film into something better (story was already captivating even before he made his appearance). He is just that actor who fuses into everything he plays. Easily, effortless.
Kudos to the other contenders as well. I was rooting for Nick Cheung but in the end it didn’t matter because of that genuine congratulatory hug between the 2 Best Actors which made me go AWWWWWW. I also love that genuine smile Nic Tse gave when Sean finished his speech thanking everyone who loved him. Joseph Chang was obviously disappointed with the loss but it’s normal I guess. But overall, nothing beats the MAN of the night!
Congratulations and congratulations, Sean!