It has been 25 years since Hong Kong veteran actor Eric Tsang won his first and only best actor award at the 1992 Hong Kong Film Awards for 1991 film Alan And Eric: Between Hello And Goodbye.
Though the 63-year-old did win four other best supporting actor awards following that, he did not win another one as a lead actor until a week ago, when he snagged the Best Actor award at the Malaysia Golden Global Awards (MGGA) held on March 5 at Genting Highland’s Arena Of Stars.
Tsang won the award for his role in Hong Kong director Wong Chun’s Mad World, in which he plays a father caring for his estranged adult son (played by Shawn Yue) who is suffering from bipolar disorder.
Tsang was elated but admitted that he did not expect to win due to the tough competition.
“This is an award that I will especially treasure as this is the MGGA’s very first best actor award and the MGGA is an international competition,” he said.
“When I looked at the list of nominees and saw the names of the actor from Korea (Kwak Do-won, The Wailing) and the actor from Iran (Shahab Hosseini, The Salesman), I already felt that they were both impossible to beat. That is why this award is so special to me.”
Tsang also drew many similarities between Alan And Eric: Between Hello And Goodbye and Mad World.
“In Alan And Eric, Alan had more scenes but I won best actor; now in Mad World, Shawn also had more scenes, but I won best actor again!” he joked.
“When I filmed Alan And Eric, the movie was helmed by a new director named Peter Chan Ho Sun (now a prominent multiple award-winning filmmaker). Mad World is also helmed by a new director. His name is Wong Chun and he is one to look out for. Mark my words, Wong Chun will be another Peter Chan.”
When asked to reveal the jury’s voting patterns reasoning behind Tsang’s win, Singapore-based Malaysian actress Yeo Yann Yann said all the members of the panel had only one name in mind when they voted for the best actor. “After watching all 18 movies, we all came to the unanimous decision that the winner had to be Eric Tsang,” said Yeo, who was part of a panel of judges that also included film directors Kim Dong-ho (South Korea), Andreas Dresen (Germany), Garin Nugroho (Indonesia), Professor Xie Fei (China), and film producer Yeh Jufeng (Taiwan).
Malaysian artistes such as Datuk Sheila Majid, Shila Amzah, Victor Wong and Dennis Lau performed at the awards show.
The Miffest and MGGA were organised by Jazzy Group, co-organised by Qingdao Creative Cultural Film & Television Industry Group Ltd, supported by Malaysia’s National Film Development Corporation (Finas).