Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actress

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Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actress
Awarded for Best Performance by an Actress in a leading role
Country Hong Kong
Presented by Hong Kong Film Awards
First awarded 1982 (for performances in films released in 1981/1982)
Currently held by Jessie Li
Port of Call (2016)
Official website hkfaa.com

The Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actress is an award presented annually at the Hong Kong Film Awards. It is given in honour of an actress who has delivered an outstanding performance in a Hong Kong film.A

The 1st Hong Kong Film Awards ceremony was held in 1982, with no formal nomination procedure established the award was given to Kara Hui for her role in the in My Young Auntie.[1] After the first award ceremony a nomination system was put in place were-bye no more than five nominations are made for each category and each entry is selected through two rounds of voting. Firstly prospective nominees are marked with a weight of 50% each from HKFA voters and a hundred professional adjudicators contributing towards a final score with which the top five nominees advance to the second round of voting. The winner is then selected via a scoring process in where 55% of the vote comes from 55 professional adjudicators, 25% from representatives of the Hong Kong Performing Artistes Guild and 20% from all other HKFA Executive Committee Members.

Maggie Cheung holds the title of the most awards received having been honoured on five separate occasions. Sylvia Chang hold the record for the most nominated actress with ten nominations. Since its inception 78 actresses have been nominated for the award with 25 actresses winning at least one of the 35 awards. As of 2016's 35th award ceremony Jessie Li is the most recent winner for her role in Port of Call.[2]

Winners and nominees[edit]

In the following table award nominees are listed by year corresponding to the Hong Kong Film Awards' annual presentation ceremony. At the first incarnation of the ceremony in 1982 awards were presented to winners with no nominees selected, thereafter the winner is chosen from a list of nominees from the chosen category.

Photo of Kara Hui at the world premiere of the Hong Kong film Happiness in 2015.
Kara Hui was the first to win the award for her role in My Young Auntie (1981).
Photo of Maggie Cheung at Shanghai movie festival in 2007.
Maggie Cheung won the award five times for her roles in A Fishy Story (1989), Centre Stage (1992), Comrades: Almost a Love Story (1996), The Soong Sisters (1997) and In the Mood for Love (2000).
Photo of Brigitte at the 2008 Dubai International Film Festival.
Brigitte Lin was nominated for her role in Zu Warriors from the Magic Mountain as well as on three other occasions.
Photo of Sandra Ng in Bangkok 2007.
Photo of Faye Wong in Kuala Lumpur 2011.
Faye Wong was nominated for her roles in Chungking Express (1995) and Chinese Odyssey 2002.
Photo of Sylvia Chang at Hong Kong International Film Festival 2011.
Sylvia Chang won in 2002 for Forever and Ever.
Photo of Cecilia Cheung in 2012.
Cecilia Cheung won in 2004 for Lost in Time.
Photo of Zhang ziyi at Cabourg Film Festival in 2014.
Zhang Ziyi won in 2005 for 2046 and in 2014 for The Grandmaster.
Photo of Zhou Xun at CCTV-MTV music award ceremony in Beijing in July 2002.
Zhou Xun won in 2006 for Perhaps Love.
Photo of Faye Wong in Kuala Lumpur 2011.
Karen Mok was nominated for her roles in The God of Cookery (1997) and Wait 'til You're Older (2006).
Photo of Teresa Mo in 2011.
Teresa Mo was nominated in 2007 for Men Suddenly in Black 2 and 2008 for Mr. Cinema.
Photo of Shu Qi at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.
Shu Qi was nominated for the award in both 2010 and 2012.
Photo of Gao Yuanyuan in Seoul 2011.
Gao Yuanyuan was nominated in 2012 for her role in Don't Go Breaking My Heart
Photo of Karen Mok in Taipei 2007.
Deanie Ip won in 2012 for A Simple Life.
Photo of Miriam Yeung at SINA Music 2006.
Miriam Yeung won in 2013 for Love in the Buff.
Photo of Zhao Wei at the Huabiao Awards in 2007.
Zhao Wei won in 2015 for her role in Dearest.
Photo of Gao Yuanyuan at China the art of life,11 December 2013.
Tang Wei was nominated in 2016 for her role in A Tale of Three Cities
Table key
Award winner Indicates the winner
* Indicates posthumous nominee
Year Actor Film Character Name Ref.
1982
(1st)
Kara Hui My Young Auntie Cheng Tai-Nan [3] [4]
1983
(2nd)
Becky Lam Lonely Fifteen Bik-Kei Lam [5] [6]
Cherie Chung Eclipse Fu Min [7]
Season Ma Boat People Cam Nuong [8]
Cora Miao Boat People Nguyen's Mistress [8]
Sylvia Chang Aces Go Places Supt. Nancy Ho [9]
1984
(3rd)
Cecilia Yip Let's Make Laugh Yeung Noi-dong [10] [11]
So-ying Hui Ah Ying Ah Ying [12]
Liu Xiaoqing Reign Behind the Curtain Dowager Empress [13]
Cherie Chung Hong Kong, Hong Kong Man Si Sun [14]
Brigitte Lin Zu Warriors from the Magic Mountain Countess [15]
1985
(4th)
Siqin Gaowa ‡ Homecoming Pearl [16] [17]
Cecilia Yip Hong Kong 1941 Han Yuk Nam [18]
Deannie Yip Wrong Wedding Trail Miss Cheng [19]
Sylvia Chang Shanghai Blues Shu-Shu [20]
Josephine Koo Homecoming Coral Zhang [21]
1986
(5th)
Pauline Wong Love with a Perfect Stranger Wong Gam Gam [22] [23]
Pat Ha My Name Ain't Suzie Mary Lai Shui Mei [24]
Deannie Yip The Unwritten Law Lau Wai Lan [25]
Brigitte Lin Police Story Selina Fong [26]
Cora Miao Women Bao-er [27]
1987
(6th)
Sylvia Chang Passion Wendy Pai [28] [29]
Sally Yeh Peking Opera Blues Pat Neil [30]
Pan Hong The Last Emperor Li Shuxian [31]
Yuk Guen Lee Just Like Weather Christine [32]
Season Ma Silent Love Heung Gite [33]
1988
(7th)
Josephine Siao The Wrong Couples Wong Mui [34] [35]
Cherie Chung An Autumn's Tale Jennifer [36]
Carol Cheng Wonder Women Leung Ho Kau [37]
Joey Wang A Chinese Ghost Story Lit Sin Seen [38]
Din Long Lee Final Victory Ping [39]
Loletta Lee Final Victory Mimi [39]
1989
(8th)
Anita Mui Rouge Fleur [40] [41]
Cora Miao Keep on Dancing Chieh Chang Chang [42]
Carol Cheng Heart to Hearts Chu Lai Ngor [43]
Niu Tien The Other ½ & the Other ½ June Lee [44]
Maggie Cheung As Tears Go By Ngor [45]
1990
(9th)
Maggie Cheung A Fishy Story Huang [46] [47]
Sylvia Chang All About Ah-Long Sylvia Poon [48]
Sylvia Chang Eight Taels of Gold Odds and Ends [48]
Carrie Ng The First Time is the Last Time Winnie Wong [49]
Bo-Bo Fung Beyond the Sunset May [50]
Carina Lau I Am Sorry Carole Chang [50]
1991
(10th)
Carol Cheng Her Fatal Ways Cheng Shih-Nan [51] [52]
Carina Lau Days of Being Wild Leung Fung-ying [53]
Maggie Cheung Farewell China Li Hung [54]
Sylvia Chang Queen of Temple Street Big Sis Wah [55]
Gong Li A Terra-Cotta Warrior Dong Er/ Zhu Lili [56]
1992
(11th)
Cecilia Yip This Thing Called Love Yee [57] [58]
Carol Cheng Her Fatal Ways 2 Cheng Shih-Nan [59]
Anita Mui Till We Meet Again Mui Ye [60]
Carina Lau Gigolo and Whore Chung Siu-Hung [61]
Min Chand Dances with the Dragon Shi [62]
1993
(12th)
Maggie Cheung Centre Stage Ruan Ling-yu [63] [64]
Chingmy Yau Naked Killer Kitty / Vivian Shang [65]
Brigitte Lin Handsome Siblings Eva Mor, daughter of Eva [66]
Anita Mui Justice, My Foot! Madam Sung [67]
Maggie Cheung New Dragon Gate Inn Jade King [68]
Brigitte Lin Swordsman II Asia the Invincible [69]
1994
(13th)
Anita Yuen C'est La Vie Mon Cheri Min [70] [71]
Josephine Siao Always on My Mind Yin [72]
Josephine Siao The Legend Miu Chui-Fa [73]
Carrie Ng Remains of a Woman Judy Yu [74]
Veronica Yip A Roof with a View Yip Hiu-Tung [75]
1995
(14th)
Anita Yuen He's a Woman, She's a Man Lam Chi Wing [76] [77]
Hui Fan One of the Lucky Ones Maid Wo [78]
Faye Wong Chungking Express Faye [79]
Chien-lien Wu The Returning Elaine [80]
Joan Chen Red Rose White Rose Wang Jiao-Rui [81]
Alice Lau I Have a Date with Spring Butterfly Yiu [82]
1996
(15th)
Josephine Siao Summer Snow May Sun [83] [84]
Chingmy Yau I'm Your Birthday Cake! Cher [85]
Bo-Bo Fung Mother of a Different Kind Nurse Lam [86]
Anita Mui Rumble in the Bronx Elaine [87]
Cecilia Yip Peace Hotel Oman [88]
1997
(16th)
Maggie Cheung Comrades: Almost a Love Story Qiao Li [89] [90]
Gong Li Temptress Moon Pang Ruyi [91]
Josephine Siao Hu Du Men Lang Kim-Sum [92]
Sandra Ng 4 Faces of Eve Gam Mo/Chan Giu/Miu Si/Mei Mei [93]
Karen Mok The God of Cookery Turkey [94]
1998
(17th)
Maggie Cheung The Soong Sisters Soong Ching-ling / Madam Sun [95] [96]
Chien-lien Wu Eighteen Springs Gu Manzhen [97]
Shu Qi Love Is Not a Game, But a Joke Lee Lai-shan [98]
Paulyn Sun Island of Greed Miu-Heung [99]
Carina Lau Intimates Wan [100]
1999
(18th)
Sandra Ng Portland Street Blues Sister Thirteen [101] [102]
Shu Qi City of Glass Vivian [103]
Fiona Leung A Hero Never Dies Fiona [104]
Anita Yuen Till Death Do Us Part BoBo [105]
Chingmy Yau Hold You Tight Ah Moon [106]
2000
(19th)
Law Lan Bullets Over Summer Granny [107] [108]
Deannie Yip Crying Heart Mrs. Fat [109]
Loletta Lee Ordinary Heroes Sow [110]
Gigi Leung Tempting Heart Sheo-rou [111]
Cecilia Cheung Fly Me to Polaris Autumn [112]
2001
(20th)
Maggie Cheung In the Mood for Love Su Li-zhen [113] [114]
Sammi Cheng Needing You... Kinki Kwok [115]
Qin Hailu Durian Durian Qin Yan [116]
Michelle Yeoh Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Yu Shu Lien [117]
Zhang Ziyi Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Jen Yu [117]
2002
(21st)
Sylvia Chang Forever and Ever Chi Mo's mom [118] [119]
Sammi Cheng Wu yen Chung Wu Yen [120]
Anita Mui July Rhapsody Lam Man-Ching [121]
Sammi Cheng Love on a Diet Mini Mo [122]
Sammi Cheng Fighting for Love Siu Tong [122]
2003
(22nd)
Angelica Lee The Eye Wong Kar Mun [123] [124]
Sandra Ng Golden Chicken Kam [125]
Faye Wong Chinese Odyssey 2002 Princess Wushuang [126]
Karena Lam Inner Senses Cheung Yan [127]
Maggie Cheung Hero Flying Snow [128]
2004
(23rd)
Cecilia Cheung Lost in Time Siu Wai [129] [130]
Cecilia Cheung Running on Karma Lee Fung Yee [129]
Sandra Ng Golden Chicken 2 Kam [125]
Karena Lam Floating Landscape Maan [131]
Carina Lau Infernal Affairs II Mary Hon [132]
2005
(24th)
Zhang Ziyi 2046 Bai Ling [133] [134]
Sylvia Chang 20 30 40 Lily [135]
Karena Lam Koma Ling [136]
Yuen Qiu Kung Fu Hustle Landlady [137]
Cecilia Cheung One Nite in Mongkok Dandan [138]
2006
(25th)
Zhou Xun Perhaps Love Sun Na [139] [140]
Sammi Cheng Everlasting Regret Wang Qiyao [141]
Karena Lam Home Sweet Home Yim Hung [142]
Sylvia Chang Rice Rhapsody Jen [143]
Karen Mok Wait 'Til You're Older Tsui Man [144]
2007
(26th)
Gong Li Curse of the Golden Flower Empress Phoenix [145] [146]
Teresa Mo Men Suddenly in Black 2 Chang Wai-Yee [147]
Angelica Lee Re-cycle Tsui Ting-Yin [148]
Rene Liu Happy Birthday Mi [149]
Isabella Leong Isabella Bik-Yan Cheung [150]
2008
(27th)
Siqin Gaowa The Postmodern Life of My Aunt Ye Rutang [151] [152]
Teresa Mo Mr. Cinema Chan Sau Ying [153]
Zhang Jingchu Protégé Jane [154]
Rene Liu Kidnap Inspector Ho Yuan-chun [155]
Charlene Choi Simply Actors Dani Dan [156]
2009
(28th)
Paw Hee-Ching The Way We Are Mrs. Cheung [157] [158]
Prudence Liew True Women For Sale Lai Chung-chung [159]
Barbie Shu Connected Grace Wong [160]
Zhou Xun Painted Skin Xiao Wei [161]
Karena Lam Claustrophobia Pearl [162]
2010
(29th)
Kara Hui At the End of Daybreak Tak's mother [163] [164]
Zhang Jingchu Night and Fog Wong Hiu Ling [165]
Zhao Wei Mulan Hua Mulan [166]
Shu Qi Look for a Star Milan Sit [167]
Sandra Ng Echoes of the Rainbow Mrs. Law [168]
2011
(30th)
Carina Lau Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame Empress Wu Zetian [169] [170]
Josie Ho Dream Home Cheng Lai-Sheung [171]
Fiona Sit Break Up Club Flora [172]
Miriam Yeung Love in a Puff Cherie [173]
Tang Wei Crossing Hennessy Oi-lin [174]
2012
(31st)
Deanie Ip A Simple Life Sister Peach [175] [176]
Shu Qi A Beautiful Life Li Pei-ru [177]
Tang Wei Dragon Yu [178]
Gao Yuanyuan Don't Go Breaking My Heart Ching Chi Yan [179]
Zhou Xun Flying Swords of Dragon Gate Ling Yan-qiu [180]
2013
(32nd)
Miriam Yeung Love in the Buff Cherie [181] [182]
Sammi Cheng Romancing in Thin Air Sue [183]
Elanne Kong Love Lifting Li Li [184]
Zhou Xun The Great Magician Liu Yin [185]
Zhou Xun The Silent War Xue Ning [186]
2014
(33rd)
Ziyi Zhang The Grandmaster Gong Er [187] [188]
Wei Tang Finding Mr. Right Wen Jia-jia [189]
Sammi Cheng Blind Detective Goldie Ho [190]
Hee Ching Paw Rigor Mortis Mui [191]
Cherry Ngan The Way We Dance Lam Fa/ Fleur [192]
2015
(34th)
Zhao Wei Dearest Li Hongqin [193] [194]
Sandra Ng Kwan Yue Golden Chickensss Kam [195]
Tang Wei The Golden Era Zhang Naiying [196]
Zhou Xun Women Who Flirt Zhang Hui [197]
Charlene Choi Sara Sara [198]
2016
(35th)
Jessie Li Port of Call Wang Jiamei [199] [200]
Miriam Yeung Little Big Master Lui Wai-hung [201]
Tang Wei A Tale of Three Cities Chen Yuerong [202]
Sylvia Chang Office Winnie Chang [203]
Karena Lam Heaven in the Dark Michelle [204]
2017
(36th)
* Winner will be announced on the 9th April 2017 [205]
Zhou Dongyu Soul Mate Ansheng [206]
Ma Sichun Soul Mate Qiyue
Nina Paw Show Me Your Love Sze-nga [207]
Tang Wei Book of Love Jiao [208]
Kara Wai Happiness Aunt Fanny [209]

Multiple wins and nominations[edit]

Age superlatives[edit]

Record Actress Film Age (in years) Ref.
Oldest winner Law Lan Bullets Over Summer 66 [210]
Oldest nominee Law Lan Bullets Over Summer 66
Youngest winner Becky Lam Lonely Fifteen 17
Youngest nominee Becky Lam Lonely Fifteen 17

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

A.^ A film is considered to be a "Hong Kong film" by meeting at least 2 of the following criteria:[211]
  1. The film's director is a Hong Kong resident that holds a Hong Kong Identity Card
  2. At least one of the film's production companies are legally registered in Hong Kong SAR.
  3. At least 1 person involved in the film's production from any 6 separate award categories that are Hong Kong resident holding a Hong Kong Identity Cards

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