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"The Dream Makers" leads Star Awards 2014 nominations

The nominees list for this year's Star Awards, one of the biggest events in Singapore showbiz, has been released. Blockbuster drama "The Dream Makers" seems to have the golden touch, garnering numerous nominations for its cast.

SINGAPORE: The nominees list for this year’s Star Awards, an annual event which recognises the top talents in Mandarin television programming in Singapore, has been released.

Singapore actresses Rui En, Jeanette Aw and Chen Liping have been nominated for Best Actress for their performances in the blockbuster drama “The Dream Makers”, alongside Rebecca Lim and Chris Tong who have been nominated for their work in “Sudden” and “The Journey: A Voyage” respectively.

Both Chen Hanwei and Qi Yuwu are in the running for Best Actor on the back of their strong performances in “The Dream Makers”.

Singapore actors Pierre Png and Terence Cao, who play a villainous duo in “The Journey: A Voyage”, will be vying for Best Actor as well, along with Bryan Wong, who was nominated for his performance as an expert hairstylist in “Gonna Make It”, the television host’s first major drama role.

It seems “The Dream Makers” should have been renamed “The Nominee Maker” instead.

“The Dream Makers” cast members Dennis Chew, Shaun Chen and Guo Liang have all been nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the Star Awards this year.

They will be competing against Jeffrey Xu, who received a nomination for his portrayal of a male nurse in the romance drama “Marry Me”, and Zhang Zhen Huan, who was nominated for his performance as an ex-convict in “Break Free”.

The competition is no less intense in the Best Supporting Actress category, which sees Priscelia Chan (“The Journey: A Voyage”), Aileen Tan (C.L.I.F 2), Xiang Yun ("Beyond"), Hong Hui Fang (“Love@Risk”) and Rebecca Lim (“The Dream Makers”) battling it out for the award.

Apart from Lim, who scored the big Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress double nomination, other notable names on the list include actor Ian Fang and television host Guo Liang.

Fang has been nominated for the Best Info-Ed Programme Host award for “My Working Holiday”.

It is his first nomination following his Best Newcomer win last year.

Guo has been nominated for Best Variety Show Host (“Counter Fake”) in addition to Best Supporting Actor.

There will be a few changes when the Star Awards returns in April this year.

The event has been renamed Star Awards 20, as it is the 20th edition of the awards show.

Professional and programme awards will also only be given out when there are at least 10 candidates from now on.

Consequently, the awards for Best Newcomer, Best News Presenter and Best Current Affairs Presenter will not be given out at Star Awards 20, as there were too few qualifying candidates.

The Favourite Host online award has also been scrapped as it is purely based on the popularity of the host, which would already have been taken into account in the Top 10 Most Popular Male and Female Artistes award categories.

The winners will be revealed at the “Star Awards 20 - Show 1”, which will be held on April 20, and the “Star Awards 20 - Show 2”, which takes place on April 27.

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