31st Flying Apsaras Awards

Sun Li once again reigns supreme as the queen of Chinese dramas

Flying Apsaras Awards represents the government branch of Chinese drama awards, and are usually held on odd-numbered years to avoid clashing with the Golden Eagle Awards.

Because the awards shows are government endorsed, the Flying Asparas are taken very seriously, and that means all nominees turn up, which makes the live stream that much more interesting. Red carpet round up and winners list below.

Sun Li took home the Best Actress award, making her the first post-80s actress to net a television awards grand slam. I consider the Legend of Zhen Huan to be Sun Li’s peak in terms of acting, and was bummed she didn’t receive any official acting nods back then. Sun Li’s great in Nothing Gold Can Stay as well, and a deserving recipient of the award -I’d say she’s a shoe-in for the upcoming Golden Eagle and Magnolia Awards if not for Qin Hailu’s excellent performance in White Deer Plain.

I’m surprised Chen Baoguo, Zhang Jiayi (who played the lead in 7 dramas over the past year) and Wu Xiubo didn’t receive any acting nominations, though congratulations are in for dark horse winner Zhang Tong (he played the second sister’s love interest in The Seven Fairies 欢天喜地七仙女), who is also the first post-80s actor to win such an award.


Outstanding Actor

  • Zhang Yi, Feather Flies to the Sky
  • Sun Weimin, The Story of Late Premier Zhou Enlai 海棠依旧
  • Zhang Tong, Heroes of Defense 绝命后卫师
  • Yu Hewei, The Advisors Alliance, Police Captain 刑警队长
  • Dong Yong, General Peng Dehuai 彭德怀元帅

Outstanding Actress: 

  • Yin Tao, Feather Flies to the Sky
  • Sun Li, Nothing Gold Can Stay
  • Liu Tao, Ode to Joy, The Advisors Alliance
  • Jiang Xin, Ode to Joy, Medalist Lawyer Heir
  • Qin Hailu, White Deer Plain

Outstanding Director: 

  • Chen Li, Story of Late Premier Zhou Enlai
  • Liu Jin, White Deer Plain
  • Zhang Yongxin, Housing, The Advisors Alliance
  • Song Yaming, General Peng Dehuai
  • Wang Jun, A Love For Separation

Outstanding Screenwriter: 

  • Chang Jiang, The Advisors Alliance
  • He Qing, A Love for Separation
  • Qian Linsen, Heroes of Defense
  • Shen Jie, Feather Flies to the Sky, White Deer Plain
  • Ma Jihong, General Peng Dehuai

Outstanding Historical Dramas: Yu Chenglong, Nothing Gold Can Stay, White Deer Plain, The Advisors Alliance

Outstanding Modern Dramas: Feather Flies to the Sky, Deepwater Forces, Police Captain, Ode to Joy, Housing, A Love for Separation

Outstanding Dramas Based on Significant Events: The Story of Late Premiere Zhou Enlai, General Peng Dehuai, Heroes of Defense, Yihai (Sea) Alliance 彝海结盟The Colours of Ardent 热血军旗38th Parallel 三八线

Liu Tao in Sachin & Babi: Her latest red carpet outfits have been fantastic, and this one is no exception.

Sun Li in Jenny Packham – simple yet elegant

Jiang Xin

Qin Hailu (Dolce & Gabbana) and Zhang Jiayi: Hailu’s number only looks good from certain angles, but she gets extra points for bringing one of the few splashes of colour to the red carpet.

Yin Tao (Marc Jacobs, Chicco Mao) and Zhang Yi: They clearly called each other up before hand to match outfits, and it works.

Wu Xiubo and The Advisors Alliance screenwriter Chang Jiang



5 thoughts on “31st Flying Apsaras Awards

  1. Thank you. How interesting. I hadn’t realized Chang Jiang is a female scriptwriter.

    Did you watch the entire White Deer Plain drama? I know it looks like a good production, but I cannot take that many episodes of tough life. Did you watch dramas listed above beyond Advisors and Nothing Gold? If yes, did you find them enjoyable?

    Rarely see blog posts on Qin Hailu on other websites. She’s a versatile actress with screen presence.

    Sun Li didn’t attend the ceremony with her husband?

    • For Feather Flies to the Sky, I got the main gist after watching a 30 minute trailer, and couldn’t be bothered going through each of the episodes. XD
      White Deer Plain dragged from the very beginning, and apparently has a lot of family in-fighting, so I dropped it very early on.
      A Love For Separation 小别离 talks about sending children overseas, but the main couple’s daughter rubbed me the wrong way (Zhang Zifeng is a great teen actress though).
      Ode to Joy gets progressively worse with each passing season – I can’t believe they’re actually planning for a third.

      Qin Hailu is a very nuanced actress – became a fan of her after Secret History of Wu Zetian (terrible drama, great cast) and Red Sorghum. Her talk with Zhou Xun on 今日影评 is also worth watching: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EGs2YkpEDQM

      I rarely see couples attend awards ceremonies together unless they both have nominated works. Deng Chao hasn’t been in a drama for years, and after winning Best Actor at the Golden Roosters, I think he’d rather focus on his film career.

      • Thank you for your kind reply.
        It does look like many of the titles above have high risk of in-fighting sub-plots.

        C drama favor kids with a lot of character? Guan Xiaotong did so many of them. The teen son character in Old Boy also does his fair share of complaints. He complains about the lack of various fancy items to selected adults around him. Even his mom’s recent death didn’t seem to slow his complaints too much. I don’t find these characters endearing. Some female leads have this syndrome. Maggie Jiang seems to have done a few of those? Wang Xiaochen looks to be another one. Wang Luodan, Qi Wei may have done a few too. Zheng Kai does the male version. I just don’t understand the point to these characters. I’m not sure what others enjoy in watching these characters. I assume there must be, or they wouldn’t keep churning out these characters. Some high-pitched voiced actresses can really turn the whole long-bickering ordeal into a nightmare. And they make such long dramas these days, it’s hard to even sit through the first 10 eps with these characters.

        I didn’t feel like watching the whole Red Sorghum drama but I did watch and liked some of the acting performances. Zhou Xun, Zhu Yawen, Qin Hailu.

        Wu Zetian makes for a much better drama material than Dowager Cixi. But I find it difficult to find the right balance in a Wu Zetian drama. It’s either too idol-esque ala Fan Bingbing, or it’s bogged down by other problems.

        Some of the long-suffering C dramas don’t seem to have a satisfying resolution? I don’t like watching 70 eps of people living a miserable life with no life improvement in sight.

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