SINGAPORE - Three of four acting honours at Sunday night's Star Awards went to first-time winners.
At the event celebrating the best of local Chinese-language television, Pierre Png nabbed Best Actor for his role as a villain in the period drama The Journey: A Voyage.
Guo Liang, better known as an accomplished host, collected Best Supporting Actor for playing a philandering plastic surgeon in The Dream Makers.
Rebecca Lim's portrayal of thrice- divorced woman, also in The Dream Makers, won her Best Supporting Actress. Best Actress went to Chen Liping for playing Guo's wife in The Dream Makers. It was her third win in the category, after achieving the feat for Holland V (2003) and Reunion Dinner (2010).
With The Dream Makers cast picking up so many acting awards, it was perhaps no surprise that the drama about the television industry went on to win Best Drama Serial.
In an interview with Life!, Png thanked his goatee for helping him get into character as the baddie Hei Long, an unscrupulous tin factory supervisor.
The 40-year-old actor, who made his debut 15 years ago, also said that he "screwed up" his acceptance speech and wished he had thanked his parents better. To make up for it, he would be displaying the trophy in his parents' house for his nieces and nephews to look at.
Lim, Best Actress winner at the 2010 Asian Television Awards for the English-language law drama The Pupil, felt encouraged by the fact that many veteran colleagues had told her that they hoped that she would win. She said: "I did not dare expect anything because I was worried I would get disappointed."
How did the 27-year-old feel after she won? Literally "like a million bucks", the estimated cost of all the diamond jewellery she was wearing.
Guo's reputation as one of the best hosts on Channel 8 is unquestioned, indicated by the fact that he was hosting the Stars Awards yet again on Sunday night with Quan Yifeng.