Star Awards

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Star Awards
红星大奖
Star Awards 2017
Awarded for Excellence in Chinese Language entertainment in Singapore
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. Unlike similar entertainment ceremonies, the ceremony also celebrates how popular individual entertainers are based on how much fans are willing to collectively spend through a voting system that elevates their popularity.

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.

From 2017 onwards, everything is back to what it was like up till 2009, whereby technical category awards are presented at an off-site ceremony and there is only one main show.

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 comes in the colour Green from 2015 and Orange for All Time Favourite Award.

List of ceremonies[edit]

Colour key

     Recipient of Special Achievement Award
     Recipient of All-Time Favourite Artiste Award
     Recipient of Rocket Award
     Recipient of Honorary TV Award
Year Date Venue Hosts Top award recipient(s) Guest-of-Honour(s)
Main Walk-of-Fame Post-Show Party
1994 26 February Caldecott Broadcast Centre
MediaCorp TV Theatre
Chen Shucheng
Tsui Li-Hsin
N/A N/A N/A George Yeo
1995 9 July Guo Liang
Tsui Li-Hsin
Xiang Yun N/A
1996 23 June Harbour Pavilion
World Trade Centre
Bai Yan
1997 5 October Caldecott Broadcast Centre
MediaCorp TV Theatre
Timothy Chao
Wendy Tseng
Huang Wenyong
1998 20 December Timothy Chao
Tsui Li-Hsin
Zoe Tay
1999 19 December Jack Neo
2000 26 November Fann Wong Lee Yock Suan
2001 25 November Timothy Chao
Cheng Di
Lee Shih Shiong
Lee Wei Song
David Lim
2002 8 December Timothy Chao
Chun Guek Lay
Chen Shucheng Lee Yock Suan
2003 7 December Xie Shaoguang Wong Kan Seng
2004 12 December Timothy Chao
Matilda Tao
Chew Chor Meng
Li Nanxing
Zoe Tay
Lee Boon Yang
2005 4 December Guo Liang
Patty Hou
Dennis Chew
Dasmond Koh
Christina Lin
Fann Wong
Xie Shaoguang
S. R. Nathan
Lim Hwee Hua
2006 10 December St James Power Station
Powerhouse
Mark Lee
Christina Lin
Mark Lee
Christina Lin
Jeff Wang
Chen Liping N/A
2007 16 December Caldecott Broadcast Centre
MediaCorp TV Theatre
Sharon Au
Guo Liang
Quan Yi Fong
N/A Vivian Lai
Mark Lee
Christina Lin
Pornsak
Jeff Wang
N/A
2009 26 April Guo Liang
Quan Yi Fong
Lee Teng
Charlyn Lin
Pornsak
Yuan Shuai
Huang Biren S. R. Nathan
Lui Tuck Yew
2010 18 April Dennis Chew
Michelle Chia
Michelle Chong
Vivian Lai
Mark Lee
Lee Teng
Kym Ng
Pornsak
N/A Elvin Ng Teo Ser Luck
25 April Resorts World Sentosa
Compass Ballroom
Guo Liang
Quan Yi Fong
Michelle Chong
Vivian Lai
Lee Teng
Pornsak
Michelle Chia
Michelle Chong
Apple Hong
Vivian Lai
Lee Teng
Pornsak
Christopher Lee
Mark Lee
Teo Chee Hean
2011 17 April Caldecott Broadcast Centre
MediaCorp TV Theatre
Dasmond Koh
Kym Ng
Pornsak
Bryan Wong
N/A N/A Pornsak Teo Ming Kian
Lucas Chow
24 April Resorts World Sentosa
Compass Ballroom
Guo Liang
Quan Yi Fong
Dasmond Koh
Vivian Lai
Lee Teng
Pornsak
Dasmond Koh
Lee Teng
Christina Lin
Pornsak
Xiang Yun S. R. Nathan
2012 22 April Caldecott Broadcast Centre
MediaCorp TV Theatre
Michelle Chia
Dasmond Koh
Vivian Lai
Lee Teng
N/A N/A Desmond Tan Lee Yi Shyan
29 April Marina Bay Sands
Sands Ballroom
Guo Liang
Bowie Tsang
Dennis Chew
Dasmond Koh
Lee Teng
Kate Pang
Dasmond Koh
Vivian Lai
Lee Teng
Kate Pang
Tay Ping Hui Heng Swee Keat
2013 21 April Caldecott Broadcast Centre
MediaCorp TV Theatre
Vivian Lai
Lee Teng
Kate Pang
Pornsak
Jeffrey Xu
N/A N/A Romeo Tan Sim Ann
28 April Marina Bay Sands
MasterCard Theatres
Guo Liang
Quan Yi Fong
Dasmond Koh
Vivian Lai
Lee Teng
Kate Pang
Dasmond Koh
Vivian Lai
Lee Teng
Pornsak
Huang Wenyong Lawrence Wong
2014 20 April Caldecott Broadcast Centre
MediaCorp TV Theatre
Chen Shucheng
Samuel Chong
Lucy Chow
Dasmond Koh
Vivian Lai
Lee Teng
Pornsak
Zhang Wei
N/A N/A Priscelia Chan Josephine Teo
27 April Suntec City
Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre
Guo Liang
Quan Yi Fong
Dasmond Koh
Lee Teng
Pornsak
Youyi
Chen Ning
Dasmond Koh
Lee Teng
Pornsak
Jeffrey Xu
Ben Yeo
Chen Hanwei
Bryan Wong
Tan Chuan-Jin
2015 19 April Caldecott Broadcast Centre
MediaCorp TV Theatre
Dennis Chew
Dasmond Koh
Lee Teng
Kate Pang
N/A N/A Shaun Chen Baey Yam Keng
26 April Guo Liang
Quan Yi Fong
Dasmond Koh
Lee Teng
Kate Pang
Jeanette Aw
Vivian Lai
Grace Fu
2016 17 April Mediacorp Campus
MES Theatre @ Mediacorp
Dennis Chew
Lee Teng
Pornsak
Dennis Chew
Lee Teng
Pornsak
N/A Julie Tan Teo Chee Hean
Qi Yuwu
Rui En
24 April N/A Dennis Chew
Lee Teng
Pornsak
N/A Chee Hong Tat
2017 16 April TBA N/A TBA TBA
Elvin Ng
Joanne Peh
Quan Yi Fong

Award categories[edit]

Performance categories[edit]

1) Best Actor: since 1995
2) Best Actress: since 1995
3) Best Supporting Actor: since 1995
4) Best Supporting Actress: since 1995
5) Young Talent: since 2002
6) Best Evergreen Artiste Award: since 2016
7) Best Programme Host (Variety, Info-Ed & Infotainment): since 2016
8) Rocket: since 2010
9) All-Time Favourite Artiste: from 2004 to 2006; 2009 to 2012; 2014 to 2017

Programme categories[edit]

1) Best Drama Serial
2) Best Theme Song
3) Best Variety Programme
4) Best Variety Special
5) Best Info-Ed Programme

Voting categories[edit]

1) Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes: since 1994
2) Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes: since 1994

Backstage Categories[edit]

1) Best Director
2) Best Screenplay
3) Best Variety Producer
4) Best Variety Research Writer
5) Best Editing for Drama Programme
6) Best Set Design for Drama Programme
7) Best Cameraman for Drama Programme
8) Best News Story

[edit]

1) i-Weekly Most Stylish Award
2) Slender Body Award
3) YES 933 Best Speech Award
4) Systema Charming Smile: from 2011 to 2012
5) BottomSlim Sexiest Legs: from 2013 to 2015
6) Asian Skin Solutions Most Radiant Skin Award: from 2014 to 2015
7) London Choco Roll Happiness Award: since 2014
8) Tokyo Bust Express Sexy Babe Award: 2015 only
9) Toggle awards: since 2015
10) Bioskin Flawless Skin Award: since 2016

Suspended categories[edit]

1) Best News Presenter: from 2010 to 2013
2) Best Current Affairs Presenter: from 2010 to 2013
3) Best Newcomer: from 1994 to 2002; 2004 to 2009; 2012 to 2013; 2015
4) Top Rated Drama Serial
5) Top Rated Variety Programme
6) Best Cameraman (Entertainment Programmes)
7) Best Set Design (Entertainment Programmes)
8) Best Editing (Entertainment Programmes)
9) Best Costume & Image Design
10) Best Music & Sound Design

Discontinued categories[edit]

1) Special Achievement Award: from 1994 to 2003
2) Best Comedy Performer: from 1998 to 2005.
3) Best News/Current Affairs Presenter: from 2000 to 2009
4) Unforgettable Villain: 2010 only
5) Favourite Onscreen Partner (Variety): 2011 only
6) Favourite Host: from 2012 to 2013
7) Honorary TV Award: 2013 only
8) Best Variety Show Host: from 1998 to 2015
9) Best Info-Ed Programme Host: from 2009 to 2015
10) Most Popular Regional Artiste Award: from 2014 to 2015
11) Favourite Male Character: from 2010 to 2016
12) Favourite Female Character: from 2010 to 2016
13) Favourite Onscreen Couple (Drama): from 2011 to 2016
14) Social Media Award: from 2014 to 2016

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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