The Golden Rooster Hundred Flower Film Festival opened last weekend in Lanzhou China and this year the popular vote Hundred Flower Awards was up for grabs. It’s been yet another blockbuster year in Chinese entertainment with quite a few box office successes to crow about (har har). While the Golden Rooster Awards is the industry vote akin to the Oscars, the Hundred Flower Awards is the popular vote Golden Globes where fan favorites actually can walk home with prizes. The biggest upset of the night was Vicky Zhao Wei winning Best Director for her directorial debut film So Young starring Mark Chao and Han Geng, defeating director Wong Kar Wei and his masterpiece The Grandmaster. That movie didn’t go home empty handed as The Grandmaster won Best Picture and along with it leading lady Zhang Zi Yi took home Best Actress for the second time in a row.. Best Actor went to Zhao Wei’s real life college classmate BFF Huang Xiaoming won Best Actor for director Peter Chan‘s movie American Dreams in China.
The entertainment highlight of the night was Huang Xiaoming and Zhao Wei’s two decades long close friendship that has withstood her getting married and having a baby and him having a very steady girlfriend of his own. They arrived together to the ceremony and it was a rainy walk down the red carpet and ever the gentleman Huang Xiaoming carried the umbrella for his lady bestie the entire way. Huang Xiaoming performed a song during the show and pulled Zhao Wei in with a sultry dance followed by a for the camera smooch that caught her off guard but she gamely went along with it with her usual carefree charm. After the ceremony as the winners met the press backstage, Zhao Wei and Huang Xiaoming did their interview together. He followed behind as she walked on the stage first and then fixed the train of her dress, and at this point I’m sure a the female popular of China’s 1.3 billion people were screaming “Why don’t I have a drop-dead gorgeous male bestie like him in my life!”