17th July may have been an ordinary day for some, but not for these artists. After all, the 40th Hong Kong Film Awards was held that evening! The long-anticipated event was a lively one with many tears and smiles.
It was especially meaningful for Hong Kong actor Patrick Tse (谢贤). The 86-year-old artist managed to nab the best actor award exactly 11 years after his son Nicholas Tse (谢霆锋). However, the award show apparently caused a bit of drama between Nicholas and fellow actor Gordon Lam (林家栋).
Patrick’s performance in the recent film “Time (杀出个黄昏)” had been impressive enough to win him best actor for the 40th Hong Kong Film Awards. He beat out several nominees, including Gordon. Coincidently, Patrick’s achievement came exactly 11 years after his son’s accomplishment.
Nicholas had won the same award in 2011 during the 30th Hong Kong Film Awards. At that time, he had been recognised for his performance in “The Stool Pigeon (线人)”. The two are apparently the first father-son duo to win the best actor award.
However, netizens were quick to note that Nicholas wasn’t present to help his dad during the award ceremony. In fact, Gordon had been the one caring for Patrick. He not only helped the older actor to his feet, he also helped Patrick with his mask during his acceptance speech.
Many praised Gordon’s care and some Hong Kong media stated his actions made it seem as though they had a father-son relationship. Unfortunately, this left netizens scorning Nicholas for not being there. One even stated that Patrick’s biological son was not as good as Gordon.
Regardless of the remarks, one can clearly tell that Patrick and Nicholas are blood-related thanks to they way they reacted to the award. Patrick kept his acceptance speech short and sweet, saying, “I don’t know what to say; thank you.” Nicholas kept his public message to his dad equally short with a simple, “Congratulations, dad.”
Neither Nicholas nor Gordon has remarked upon their supposed contest at being the best ‘son’. But, Patrick is definitely lucky to be blessed with two good sons and being awarded best actor!