Dennis Chew with his trophy and certificate. (Photo: Mediacorp)
HUAT AH: 118 S2 kicks off with a bang as main cast member, Dennis Chew, brought home the Best Comedy Actor award for his performance as the adopted son of a coffee shop owner in long-running series 118, at the 2016 Asia Rainbow TV Awards on Sunday night (Nov 27). The show, which is returning with a sequel tomorrow, struck a chord with viewers when it first aired in October 2014 and was eventually given an extension of 65 episodes in the first season after popular demand.
Currently in Macau for the awards ceremony, Dennis, shared his excitement and elation in a phone interview with Toggle this morning, “This is my first overseas award… I didn’t think Shunfeng would become a comedic character when I took on the role.”
He learned of the good news three weeks ago from his fellow 118 cast mates Chen Hanwei, Chew Chor Meng and Pan Ling Ling, and attended the awards ceremony without harbouring any hopes of winning, said Dennis.
“There are nominees from Japan, Korea, China, Hong Kong, Iran and Bangladesh—in fact there are more than 22 countries participating in this awards ceremony, with more than 300 projects shortlisted,” he added.
According to Dennis, there are three selected winners for his award category—one “Best” and two “Outstanding” winners. The winners go through two rounds of selection from a list of 10 and eventually five nominees.
The awards ceremony was also attended by the who’s who of showbiz, including Chinese actors Wang Kai, Zhu Yawen and Korean actor Sung Dong-il, just to name a few.
With filming for 118 ongoing currently, Dennis will be flying back home today to resume work and intends to bring his trophy to the film set and share his win with his onscreen family members.
Dennis Chew, Joanna Dong and Allan Wu at the awards ceremony in Macau. (Photos: HIM Music)
“I’m definitely happy, I share a really good relationship with my ‘family’ and that makes it easier for us to immerse ourselves into the role,” he quipped.
Apart from Dennis, local Jazz singer-turned-host Joanna Dong and Allan Wu were also present at the awards ceremony.
“Newbie host” Joanna walked home with a commendation for Outstanding Programme Host (Female) for Channel U programme, Unique Towns, which is produced by local production house, August Pictures, while Somewhere Out There, hosted by Allan, picked up the Best Social and Cultural Documentary award.
118 scored a total of 11 nominations at this year’s Star Awards ceremony and eventually picked up the Best Set Design for Drama Programme award.
118 2 debuts November 29, 7.30pm on Channel 8; watch it on Toggle-It First.
Watch past episodes of 118 on Toggle.
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