Julie Tan, Zhang Zhen Huan nominated for Asian Television Awards 2016

Can their wins at the Star Awards 2016 and their nomination at the Asian Television Awards 2016 be seen as a form of affirmation for their acting craft?


2016 is turning out to be a particularly eventful year for Julie Tan. If everything turns out well for her, she’s poised to end 2016 with a bang, having bagged an Asian Television Awards 2016 (ATA) nomination for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her turn as Dong Zihua, the vengeful younger sister of Zhao Fei Er in Channel 8’s 2015 year-end blockbuster series, The Dream Makers 2.

Coincidentally, this is the very same role that won her the Best Supporting Actress award at this year's Star Awards.

Said Julie over a phone interview with Toggle, “When I got the good news this afternoon, I was actually very excited! It’s my first time being nominated at the ATA and it’s a really huge deal for me. I’m really excited and I’m very grateful.”

As the only actress nominated for a Channel 8 drama in her category, Julie added that it’s a huge form of recognition for her and speaks volumes of her work. Other nominees in the same category include Nadia M D (Baby Bumps), Normah Damanhuri (Rahsia di Malan Syawal), Tien Hsin (A Touch of Green), Khanungnij Jaksamithanont (Disparity) and Xu Li-Wen (The Youth!).

Speaking of coincidences, Zhen Huan is in the running for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his role of Chen Guang in The Dream Makers 2 and just like his co-star Julie, he also picked up a Best Supporting Actor award at the Star Awards.

Zhen Huan, who is currently back in his hometown in Sichuan for a break, expressed delight at his nomination, during a long-distance phoner with Toggle. “I really hope to win this award, but I’ll leave it to fate,” he said. “I really hope for an actor in Singapore to bring home this win.”

Can their wins at the Star Awards and their nomination at the ATA be seen as a form of affirmation for their acting craft?

“I think this shows something and definitely proves something—that I’m not only in the running for the award(s) because [Mediacorp] wants to groom the younger talents. I do have the ability and people do recognise my talent,” Julie replied, when asked to comment on what detractors said about her “not so deserving” win at the Star Awards this year.

2014 ATA Best Actor in a Leading Role award winner Pierre Png (Rise) is set to go head-on with Zhen Huan and a bevy of other local actors such as Keagan Kang (The Love Machine), Max Loong (Lion Moms) and Muthusamy Lingam (Annamalai Sr 3) for the Best Actor in a Supporting Role award.

Christopher Lee, who is nominated for his role as a music producer in Crescendo, will also be going vying for top honours (Best Actor in a Leading Role award) with his younger brother Fredrick Lee, who is nominated for his performance in Turning Point, a Mediacorp Malaysia Production.

Gold 90.5FM deejay Vernetta Lopez snagged double nominations in the Best Comedy Performance by an Actor/Actress for her roles in Channel 5’s Rojak and Toggle Originals series Run Rachael Run. Also in the running for the same award are Bernice Liu (Lion Moms), Carla Dunareanu (Rojak), Alaric Tay (Rojak) and Michael V. (Pepito Manaloto).

Pornsak, host of one of Mediacorp’s star programmes GeTai Challenge, is also tipped to bring home top honours in the Best Entertainment Presenter/Host category. He will be running against Allan Wu (Somewhere Out There – Musclemen Village), Debbie Wong (Food Wars Asia 2), Gurmit Singh (Don’t Forget To Remember), Greta Georges (Big Food) and some more.

Mediacorp programmes such as Channel 5’s The Hush, Channel 8’s The Journey: Our Homeland and The Dream Makers 2 and Suria’s Bingit 3 will go up against KBS2’s Descendants of the Sun, HBO Asia’s Halfworlds, TBS’ Downtown Rocket and MBC TV’s Marriage Contract for the Best Drama Series award.

Mediacorp has a total of 67 nominations across 41 Programming, Performance and Technical & Creative categories.

Visit the official website for the full ATA nomination list. Stay tuned for more information.

Zhang Zhen Huan, Julie Tan score first Best Supporting wins at Star Awards 2016

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