Follow Mark Lee’s 14-day journey towards his Golden Horse Best Actor dream

The actor-cum-comedian could make history at the annual awards.

Phoon Jia Hui

Jack of all trades, master of drinking boba milk tea.

Published: 3 November 2020, 7:05 PM

Local actor and comedian Mark Lee earlier this week jetted off for Taipei, Taiwan for the 57th Golden Horse Awards. 

Mark, 52, has been nominated for the Best Leading Actor award for his portrayal of Chow Chee Beng in local production Number 1

In the movie, Chee Beng, a middle-aged white collar manager, got retrenched by his company. He reluctantly takes up a job as a manager at Number One, a popular drag club after failing interviews for other jobs.  

Number 1 is directed by Ong Kuo Sin. 

The Golden Horse Awards is widely regarded as Taiwan’s version of the Oscars. 

But because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the popular 52-year-old Mark had to travel earlier to undergo a 14-day quarantine ahead of the 57th Golden Horse Awards.

His management agency, King Kong Media Production, will be documenting all of that. How, you ask? 

With no video crew following Mark, a video camera was handed to him before his departure from Singapore and he was tasked with a ‘mission’ to record his daily activities. 

The videos will be uploaded on King Kong Media’s Facebook page.

Mark will be up against Taiwanese actors Liu Kuan-ting, Austin Lin, Mo Tzu-yi and Hong Kong actor Lam Ka-tung for the award. 

Should Mark land the prestigious award, he will be the first Singaporean male to do so. 

Last year, Singaporean Yeo Yann Yann was named the Best Leading Actress for her role in forbidden romance film Wet Season while Singaporean director Yeo Siew Hua’s A Land Imagined bagged the Original Film Score and Best Original Screenplay Best awards. 

In early October, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Mr Edwin Tong congratulated Mark on his achievements and wished him all the best in a short Facebook post. 

Will we hear Mark say ‘Win Liao Lor’ at the end of the awards ceremony? We definitely hope so!

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