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Mediacorp actor Brandon Wong has won his first “Top 10 Most Popular Male Artist” award after 27 years in the industry.
This is the 50-year-old’s first Star Awards despite being nominated for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor.
Since joining TCS in 1995 after appearing on ‘Star Search Singapore’, Wong has starred in many Channel 8 dramas including ‘Tofu Street’, ‘Wok of Life’, ‘Nanny Daddy’, ‘Housewives’ Holiday” and “My friends from afar”.
Wong also won “Your Most Hated Villain” for his role in the drama “Recipe of Life” this year.
Wong acceptance speech
Wong was so moved he choked on tears before delivering a short acceptance speech onstage after landing a spot on the “Top 10 Most Popular Male Artist” line-up.
He received loud applause from members of the public and his colleagues present at the ceremony.
Someone even shouted “jia you” (an encouraging term) as he tried to regain his composure.
Here is what Wong said in his moving speech:
“27 really hasn’t been easy. There aren’t many 27s in a lifetime. Some get all the accolades they deserve in their first year, only having to worry about the award to be obtained for the following year Jiong Yao (Brandon’s Chinese name) barely reached the Star Awards stage to receive the top prize after 27 years.
I’m afraid it will take me another 27 years to win the second prize. I dare not say I’m just anyone, but every step I’ve taken in the past 27 years to get here has proven that I’m a Qian Li Ma* who can bear criticism and hardship.”
“Qian Li Ma” translates to a horse that can run thousands of miles. It comes from a Chinese saying where “Qian Li Ma” is used to describe talented people who wait for someone with good judgment to spot them.
Here is the emotional moment:
During a media interview after the show, Wong apologized for not keeping his cool during the ceremony, adding that it had been quite a journey over the past 27 years.
“I was so afraid of letting down everyone who supported me, whether it was viewers, my friends or my benefactors who gave me opportunities.”
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