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|Awarded for||Excellence in Chinese Language entertainment in Singapore|
|Network||MediaCorp Channel 8
MediaCorp Channel U
The Star Awards (Chinese: 红星大奖) is an annual ceremony where the media organisation, MediaCorp, recognises entertainers in their employ for their outstanding performances. Unlike similar entertainment ceremonies, the ceremony also celebrates how popular individual entertainers are based on how much fans were collectively willingly to spend through a voting system that elevate the popularity status of individual entertainers.
The first ever annual Star Awards event was held in 1994. In the first three years of the Awards, MediaCorp handed out just 10 Most Popular Artistes awards (five for each gender) instead of the current 20 (10 for each gender).
The Best Actor and Best Actress awards were only introduced in 1995. Prior to that, it was more of a popularity contest, with Li Nanxing, Chew Chor Meng and Zoe Tay winning the Most Popular Actor and Actress award.
In 1995, a top gun of Hong Kong's TVB was one of the guests at the Star Awards. When giving out the award, he commented on the significance of the awards in recognizing television talents. He wished that Hong Kong will have similar television award ceremony in future. In less than 2 years after his return to Hong Kong, the TVB Anniversary Awards was born.
The Star Awards has traditionally been held at the TV Theatre on Caldecott Hill. Though there were some exceptions, the first being in 1996 where this annual event was being held at Harbour Pavilion, and 2006, when it was held at St James Power Station.
Previously, technical category awards (e.g. Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Variety Show Producer, etc.), newscaster and current affairs awards and, for a time, the Young Talent Award (for child actors) were held separately at a gala dinner due to time constraints and results and clips from the event would be shown at the ceremony. From 2010 onwards, all awards would be presented at the ceremony proper and the awards ceremony has been split into two shows. For Show 1, it was held at Caldecott Broadcast Centre from 2010 to present. For Show 2, it was held at Resorts World Sentosa in 2010 and 2011, at Marina Bay Sands in 2012 and 2013, and at Suntec City in 2014.
The award ceremonies were held in December each year from 1994 to 2007. From 2009 onwards, the Star Awards would be held annually in April to honour television talents from works from the previous year. Hence, there was no ceremony in the year 2008.
With the merger of MediaCorp with SPH MediaWorks on 1 January 2005, nominees now include artistes and shows from MediaCorp Channel U, formerly MediaWork's Chinese language channel. The ceremony was broadcast on Channel U in 2005 for the time.
The Star Awards trophy has seen three different designs, since its inception in 1994.
- 1994 - 1997: The trophy was a straight column topped with a gold star.
- 1998 - 1999: The trophy was changed to a cone-like shape with a bigger star.
- 2000–present: A new trophy made in Shanghai was designed, weighing 4 kg and cost S$1,000 each. It is designed with a crystal body shaped in the letter "S", and from another angle, shaped in the letter "A", forming the initials of the "Star Awards". The trophy comes in different colours every year (Green, Purple, Golden-brown, Blue etc.).
List of ceremonies
- Recipient of Special Achievement Award
- Recipient of All-Time Favourite Artiste Award
- Recipient of Rocket Award
- Recipient of Honorary TV Award
- Best Actor: since 1995
- Best Actress: since 1995
- Best Supporting Actor: since 1995
- Best Supporting Actress: since 1995
- Best Variety Show Host: since 1998
- Best Info-Ed Programme Host: since 2009
- Favourite Male Character: since 2010
- Favourite Female Character: since 2010
- Favourite Onscreen Couple (Drama): since 2011
- Young Talent: since 2002
- Rocket: since 2010
- All-Time Favourite Artiste: from 2004 to 2006; 2009 to 2012; 2014 to present
- Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes: since 1994
- Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes: since 1994
- Top Rated Drama Serial
- Top Rated Variety Programme
- Best Theme Song
- Best Drama Serial
- Best Variety Programme
- Best Variety Special
- Best Info-Ed Programme
- Best Director
- Best Screenplay
- Best Variety Producer
- Best Variety Research Writer
- Best Programme Promo
- Best News Story
- Best Current Affairs Story
- Best Cameraman (Entertainment Programmes)
- Best Set Design (Entertainment Programmes)
- Best Editing (Entertainment Programmes)
- BottomSlim Sexiest Legs: since 2013
- Social Media Award: since 2014
- Most Popular Regional Artiste Award: since 2014
- Asian Skin Solutions Most Radiant Skin Award: since 2014
- London Choco Roll Happiness Award: since 2014
- Special Achievement: from 1994 to 2003
- Best Comedy Performer: from 1998 to 2005
- Best News/Current Affairs Presenter: from 2000 to 2009
- Unforgettable Villain: 2010 only
- Favourite Onscreen Partner (Variety): 2011 only
- Systema Charming Smile: from 2011 to 2012
- Favourite Host: from 2012 to 2013
- Honorary TV: 2013 only
- "Things you didn't know about the Star Awards". The Straits Times. 2006-12-08.
- "Star Awards 2001 Back to the Past: Past Winners (1994-2000)". MediaCorp TV. Archived from the original on 20 September 2012.