Actress Rui En's arms were folded and she seemed guarded, as she sat on stage at the Star Awards Show 1 on Sunday.
On social media, she was bashed for scowling and showing "a face as black as her outfit".
But the star, who went home empty-handed at the end of the show, told reporters she was not in the least disappointed, said Lianhe Wanbao. She explained: "I'm not used to sitting on stage like this. But this will still be the arrangement next week."
The stars usually sit in the audience at Star Awards ceremonies. But the new awards shows seem to be taking a leaf out of the book of Hong Kong's TVB Anniversary Awards, where the stars and their friendships (or rivalries) are on display on stage.
Actress Jeanette Aw won a host of popularity prizes at Show 1, including Social Media Star, Favourite Female Character for The Journey: Tumultuous Times and Favourite On-screen Drama Couple for World At Your Feet, with actor Zhang Zhenhuan.
Major Star Awards such as Best Drama will be presented at Show 2 on Sunday.
This article was first published on April 21, 2015.
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