Star Awards

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Star Awards
红星大奖
Star Awards 2018
Awarded for Excellence in Chinese Language entertainment in Singapore
Sponsored by Bioskin Most Charismatic (2018)
Country Singapore
Presented by Mediacorp
First awarded 1994
Television/radio coverage
Network Mediacorp Channel 8
Mediacorp Channel U
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The Star Awards (Chinese: 红星大奖) is an annual ceremony held in Singapore where the media organisation Mediacorp recognises entertainers under their employment for outstanding performances of the year.

History[edit]

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).[1]

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.[1]

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.[1]

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 to 2015, all awards were presented at the ceremony proper and the awards ceremony had been split into two shows. For Show 1, it was held at Caldecott Broadcast Centre throughout the above-mentioned period. For Show 2, it was held at Resorts World Sentosa in 2010 and 2011, at Marina Bay Sands in 2012 and 2013, at Suntec City in 2014 and at Caldecott Broadcast Centre in 2015.

In 2016, technical category awards were reverted to being presented at an off-site ceremony. Despite this, there still were two shows, where the programme and performance category awards were split equally. Both shows were held at the new Mediacorp campus at 1 Stars Avenue.

In 2017, a new format is introduced, whereby there is only one main show and three one-hour prelude episodes leading to it. Technical category awards (and Young Talent Award) are split equally among the three prelude episodes to be presented.

The award ceremonies were held in end of the year from 1998 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 first time.

Trophy[edit]

The Star Awards trophy has seen four different designs, since its inception in 1994.

  • 1994: The trophy was a circular column with a star-shaped circle capping the top.
  • 1995 - 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 used to come in different colors every year.

List of ceremonies[edit]

# Date Venue Host(s) Special Achievement Award Rocket Award
Main Walk-of-Fame Post-Show Party
1 26 February 1994 Caldecott Broadcast Centre
MediaCorp TV Theatre
Chen Shucheng
Yvette Tsui
N/A N/A N/A N/A
2 9 July 1995 Guo Liang
Yvette Tsui
Xiang Yun
3 23 June 1996 World Trade Centre
Harbour Pavilion
Bai Yan
4 5 October 1997 Caldecott Broadcast Centre
MediaCorp TV Theatre
Timothy Chao
Wendy Xiao Ying
Huang Wenyong
5 20 December 1998 Timothy Chao
Yvette Tsui
Zoe Tay
6 19 December 1999 Jack Neo
7 26 November 2000 Fann Wong
8 25 November 2001 Timothy Chao
Cheng Di
Lee Shih Shiong
Lee Wei Shiong
9 8 December 2002 Timothy Chao
Chun Guek Lay
Chen Shucheng
10 7 December 2003 Xie Shaoguang
11 12 December 2004 Timothy Chao
Matilda Tao
All-Time Favourite Artiste
Chew Chor Meng
Li Nanxing
Zoe Tay
12 4 December 2005 Guo Liang
Patty Hou
Dennis Chew
Dasmond Koh
Lim Peifen
Fann Wong
Xie Shaoguang
13 10 December 2006 St James Power Station
Powerhouse
Mark Lee
Lim Peifen
Mark Lee
Lim Peifen
Jeff Wang
Chen Liping
14 16 December 2007 Caldecott Broadcast Centre
MediaCorp TV Theatre
Sharon Au
Guo Liang
Quan Yi Fong
N/A Vivian Lai
Mark Lee
Lim Peifen
Pornsak
Jeff Wang
N/A
15 26 April 2009 Guo Liang
Quan Yi Fong
Lee Teng
Charlyn Lin
Pornsak
Yuan Shuai
Huang Biren
16 Show 1 Show 2 Show 1 Show 2 Show 1 Show 2 Show 2 Christopher Lee
Mark Lee
Elvin Ng
18 April 2010 25 April 2010 Caldecott Broadcast Centre
MediaCorp TV Theatre
Resorts World Sentosa
Compass Ballroom
Dennis Chew
Michelle Chia
Michelle Chong
Vivian Lai
Mark Lee
Lee Teng
Kym Ng
Pornsak
Guo Liang
Quan Yi Fong
Michelle Chong
Vivian Lai
Lee Teng
Pornsak
Michelle Chia
Michelle Chong
Apple Hong
Vivian Lai
Lee Teng
Pornsak
17 17 April 2011 24 April 2011 Dasmond Koh
Kym Ng
Pornsak
Bryan Wong
Dasmond Koh
Vivian Lai
Lee Teng
Pornsak
Dasmond Koh
Lee Teng
Lim Peifen
Pornsak
Xiang Yun Pornsak
18 22 April 2012 29 April 2012 Marina Bay Sands
Sands Ballroom
Michelle Chia
Dasmond Koh
Vivian Lai
Lee Teng
Guo Liang
Bowie Tsang
Dennis Chew
Dasmond Koh
Lee Teng
Kate Pang
Dasmond Koh
Vivian Lai
Lee Teng
Tay Ping Hui Desmond Tan
19 21 April 2013 28 April 2013 Marina Bay Sands
MasterCard Theatres
Vivian Lai
Lee Teng
Kate Pang
Pornsak
Jeffrey Xu
Guo Liang
Quan Yi Fong
Dasmond Koh
Vivian Lai
Lee Teng
Kate Pang
Dasmond Koh
Vivian Lai
Lee Teng
Pornsak
N/A Romeo Tan
20 20 April 2014 27 April 2014 Suntec City
Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre
Chen Shucheng
Samuel Chong
Lucy Chow
Dasmond Koh
Vivian Lai
Lee Teng
Pornsak
Zhang Wei
Dasmond Koh
Lee Teng
Pornsak
Youyi
Chen Ning
Dasmond Koh
Lee Teng
Pornsak
Jeffrey Xu
Ben Yeo
Chen Hanwei
Bryan Wong
Priscelia Chan
21 19 April 2015 26 April 2015 Caldecott Broadcast Centre
MediaCorp TV Theatre
Dennis Chew
Dasmond Koh
Lee Teng
Kate Pang
Dasmond Koh
Lee Teng
Kate Pang
Jeanette Aw
Vivian Lai
Shaun Chen
22 17 April 2016 24 April 2016 Mediacorp Campus
MES Theatre @ Mediacorp
Dennis Chew
Lee Teng
Pornsak
Show 1 Show 2 Qi Yuwu
Rui En
Julie Tan
Dennis Chew
Lee Teng
Pornsak
23 Main Show Elvin Ng
Joanne Peh
Quan Yi Fong
N/A
16 April 2017 Mediacorp Campus
MES Theatre @ Mediacorp
Lee Teng Glenn Goh
Kate Pang
Pornsak
Youyi
N/A
24 22 April 2018 Guo Liang
Quan Yi Fong
Lin Lingzhi
Kimberly Wang
Zhong Kunhua
Vivian Lai
Lee Teng
Special Achievement Award
Marcus Chin
25 April 2019 TBA All-Time Favourite Artiste
Kym Ng

Current categories[edit]

  1. Best Actor
  2. Best Actress
  3. Best Supporting Actor
  4. Best Supporting Actress
  5. Young Talent
  6. Best Evergreen Artiste Award
  7. Best Programme Host (Variety, Info-Ed & Infotainment)
  8. Best Drama Serial
  9. Best Theme Song
  10. Best Variety Programme
  11. Best Info-Ed Programme
  12. Best Newcomer
  13. Special Achievement Award
  14. Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes
  15. Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes
  16. Best Director
  17. Best Screenplay
  18. Best Variety Producer
  19. Best Variety Writer

Suspended categories[edit]

  1. Best News Presenter
  2. Best Current Affairs Presenter
  3. Rocket
  4. Top Rated Drama Serial
  5. London Choco Roll Happiness Award
  6. Best Variety Special
  7. All-Time Favourite Artiste
  8. Best News Story

Discontinued categories[edit]

  1. Best Comedy Performer
  2. Best News/Current Affairs Presenter
  3. Unforgettable Villain
  4. Favourite Onscreen Partner (Variety)
  5. Favourite Host
  6. Honorary TV Award
  7. Best Variety Show Host
  8. Best Info-Ed Programme Host
  9. Most Popular Regional Artiste Award
  10. Favourite Male Character
  11. Favourite Female Character
  12. Favourite Onscreen Couple (Drama)
  13. Social Media Award

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Things you didn't know about the Star Awards". The Straits Times. 2006-12-08. 

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