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Star Awards 2021 nominees revealed – this year's show includes new category

The number of nominees for most of the categories have been upsized to seven from the usual five because this year's show takes into consideration two years of productions and talents.

Star Awards 2021 nominees revealed – this year's show includes new category

Zoe Tay took home the Best Actress award and Chen Hanwei was given the Best Actor award at Star Awards 2019. They're both in the running for the same categories in 2021. (Photo: Mediacorp Studio 3)

After skipping 2020 because of the pandemic, Star Awards is back this year to celebrate Singapore's Chinese-language entertainment industry and it’s looking to be an exciting night with the list of nominees just revealed on Thursday (Feb 4).

This year’s show – on Apr 18 – takes into consideration two years of productions and talents. This means that the number of nominees for most award categories have been upsized to seven from the usual five, given the larger pool available.

According to Mediacorp's Chief Customer & Corporate Development Officer, Angeline Poh, "This ensures that all deserving productions and talents have a shot at competing for the coveted awards".

There will be 20 awards up for grabs, including Best Drama Serial, Best Entertainment Programme, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress and of course, the Top 10 Most Popular Male and Female Artistes.

Among those vying for a best actor trophy this year are Desmond Tan and Elvin Ng, while best actress nominees include Zoe Tay, Felicia Chin and Carrie Wong. And in the best drama category, A Quest To Heal and A Jungle Survivor are nominated, alongside five other shows. 

Also on the cards are awards for Young Talent, Best Newcomer, Evergreen Artiste, Best Entertainment Special Programme, Best Infotainment Programme, Best Programme Host (Entertainment & Infotainment), Best Short-form Drama, Best Theme Song, Best Short-form Entertainment Programme, All-time Favourite Artiste, Bioskin Most Charismatic and a new addition – Best Radio Programme, which coincides with the 85th anniversary of radio broadcasting in Singapore.

With the theme Connect!, the 26th edition of the awards show will also highlight the crucial role that Mediacorp and other industry partners played in keeping audiences engaged in a socially-distanced world over the past year.  

The festivities will start at 3.30pm with a seven-hour live commentary marathon where viewers will get exclusive peeks into backstage preparations, interviews with artistes, a livestream of the ceremony, and more. The main show starts at 7pm.

The popular awards show has been a staple on local television for more than two decades with the 2019 edition taking the No 1 spot for most watched programme on Channel 8.

Here are some of the nominees. You can get the full list here

BEST ACTOR

Chen Hanwei for Super Dad

Desmond Tan for All Is Well – SG

Elvin Ng for All Is Well – TW

Pierre Png for A Jungle Survivor

Qi Yuwu for A Quest To Heal

Romeo Tan for Happy Prince

Zhang Yao Dong for Daybreak

 

BEST ACTRESS

Carrie Wong for A Quest To Heal

Chen Li Ping for How Are You?

Felicia Chin for A Jungle Survivor

Kym Ng for My Guardian Angels

Rebecca Lim for A Jungle Survivor

Rui En for Hello From The Other Side

Zoe Tay for My Guardian Angels

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Brandon Wong for Hello From The Other Side

Bryan Wong for A Quest To Heal

Chen Shu Cheng for Old Is Gold

Darren Lim for While You Were Away

Guo Liang for A Jungle Survivor

Ian Fang for All Is Well – SG

James Seah for CLIF5

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Aileen Tan for Hello Miss Driver

Bonnie Loo for CLIF5

Chantalle Ng for Terror Within

Cynthia Koh for After The Stars

Kym Ng for Daybreak

Lin Mei Jiao for After The Stars

Lina Ng for Terror Within


BEST DRAMA SERIAL

A Jungle Survivor

A Quest To Heal

All Is Well – SG

CLIF5

Daybreak

Hello From The Other Side

My One In A Million

Source: CNA/sr

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