Unsung backstage heroes honored in the city

Film crews who worked hard behind successful Chinese movies were honored at the 5th Hamilton Behind the Camera Awards.
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A group photo of the award winners.

The 5th Hamilton Behind the Camera Awards were held on Friday in Shanghai to honor dedicated film crews behind the scenes.

Initiated in 2006, the awards pay tribute to the efforts and hard work of the “unsung heroes” instead of film stars in successful movies.

The 89-year-old animated film director Qian Yunda received the Outstanding Contribution Award for many acclaimed animated movies he directed over the past decades such as “Golden Conch” and “The Legend of Sealed Book.”

“This honor belongs to all the people in the animated film industry who work hard behind the camera,” Qian said at the ceremony.

Hao Gang, who created stunning sound effects for fantasy movie “Wukong” received the Best Sound Editor Award.

Scriptwriters Lin Yongchen, Li Yuan, Xu Yimeng and Wu Nan shared the Best Scriptwriter Award for the popular romance movie “Soulmate.” 

Jin Peida and Japanese composer Yusuke Hatano won the Best Original Score Award for the music they created for the film.

The Best Production Designer Award went to Han Zhong for his art design in the suspense film “The Wasted Times.” The film’s editor Cheng Er won the Best Film Editing Award while its lighting engineer Xu Ou garnered the Best Light Award.

Huang Weiliang and Sam Hargrave received the Best Action Design Award for the compelling action scenes in “Wolf Warrior Ⅱ.”

Li Pingbin walked away with the Best Cinematography Award for the romance movie “Crosscurrent.” Liang Tingting won the Best Costume and Makeup Design Award for her work in the martial arts film “Brotherhood of Blades.”

The awards ceremony attracted many film stars walking the red carpet, including Hong Kong director Stanley Kwan and actors Huang Xuan and Wang Qianyuan.

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The 89-year-old animated film director Qian Yunda (center) receives the Outstanding Contribution Award.

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Xu Ou (left) wins the Best Light Award for suspense film “The Wasted Times.”

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