24th Magnolia Awards

White Deer Plain was nominated in every single category, and took home three awards. He Bing took home the top acting award for his performance in The Love of Courtyard, though he was equally impressive in White Deer Plain (I really need to pick this show up again).

There were no major controversies tonight, as everyone knew Yu Hewei would take home Best Supporting Actor – his Cao Cao is fabulous, and has pretty much taken the top spot in my list of favourite onscreen characters. In the backstage interview, Yu Hewei said he treated Cao Cao as a human, and not just a villain/anti-hero of the Three Kingdoms.

Congratulations are also in for The First Half of My Life, as cast members Ma Yili and Xu Di won Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress while Qin Wen took home an award for the script (possibly the biggest surprise of the evening). Personally, I thought the female lead paled in comparison to the headstrong and capable Tang Jing (Yuan Quan), but the snobby mother-in-law Xue Zhenzhu was a definite highlight, and much of the credit goes to Xu Di for making her more grounded and likeable.

Even though Tribes and Empires faced stiff competition, I was surprised it didn’t pick up anything in the art department, because when all else failed, at least the drama was still pretty to look at.

Television Series

Best Television Drama:

  • White Deer Plain 白鹿原
  • The Advisors Alliance 大军师司马懿之军师联盟
  • Peace Hotel 和平饭店
  • Nirvana in Fire 2: Wind Blows in Changlin 琅琊榜之风起长林
  • Wonderful Life 美好生活
  • ER Doctors 急诊科医生
  • Nothing Gold Can Stay 那年花开月正圆
  • The Love of Courtyard 情满四合院
  • A Splendid Life in Beijing 生逢灿烂的日子
  • The First Half of My Life 我的前半生

Best Director:

  • Liu Jin, White Deer Plain
  • Kong Sheng & Li Xue, Nirvana in Fire 2
  • Shen Yan, The First Half of My Life
  • Ding Hei, Nothing Gold Can Stay
  • Zhang Yongxin, The Advisors Alliance

Best Scriptwriter:

  • Qin Wen, The First Half of My Life
  • Wang Zhili, The Love of Courtyard
  • Chang Jiang, The Advisors Alliance
  • Shen Jie, White Deer Plain
  • Zhang Lai, Peace Hotel

Best Actor in a Leading Role:

  • He Bing, The Love of Courtyard
  • Zhang Jiayi, White Deer Plain
  • Lei Jiayin, The First Half of My Life
  • Wu Xiubo, The Advisors Alliance
  • Hu Ge, Game of Hunting

Best Actress in a Leading Role:

  • Ma Yili, The First Half of My Life
  • Hao Lei, The Love of Courtyard
  • Yuan Quan, The First Half of My Life
  • Qin Hailu, White Deer Plain
  • Sun Li, Nothing Gold Can Stay

Best Actor in a Supporting Role:

  • Yu Hewei, The Advisors Alliance
  • He Bing, White Deer Plain
  • Zhai Tianlin, White Deer Plain
  • Ni Dahong, Tracks in the Snowy Forest
  • Yu Haoming, Nothing Gold Can Stay

Best Actress in a Supporting Role:

  • Xu Di, The First Half of My Life
  • Wu Yue, The First Half of My Life
  • Wan Qian, Game of Hunting
  • Jiang Shan, ER Doctors
  • Li Qin, White Deer Plain

Best Cinematography (new):

  • Huang Wei, White Deer Plain
  • Sun Molong, Nirvana in Fire 2
  • Zhang Wenjie, The Advisors Alliance
  • Jing Chong, Tribes and Empires: Storm of Prophecy
  • Yu Xiaochen, The Love of Courtyard

Best Art Direction (new):

  • The Advisors Alliance
  • A Splendid Life in Beijing
  • Tribes and Empires: Storm of Prophecy
  • White Deer Plain
  • Nothing Gold Can Stay

Best Seasonal Variety Program: National Treasure Season 1, The Classics Live On Season 1 经典咏流传

Best Weekly Variety Program: Waiting For Me 等着我 (a program aimed at reuniting families with long lost friends and relatives)

More Pictures

Li Qin in Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini

Qin Hailu looking like a boss in Alberta Ferreti

The First Half of My Life: Wu Yue, Lei Jiayin, Ma Yili

Last year’s winner Yin Tao in Jenny Packham

Yu Hewei

Yu Haoming

The Advisors Alliance crew: Zhai Tianlin, director Zhang Yongxin, screenwriter Chang Jiang, Yu Hewei

Entrepreneurial Age: Huang Xuan, Angelababy, Song Yi:

Joe Chen in Luisa Beccaria

3 thoughts on “24th Magnolia Awards

  1. It’s time meaty roles and recognition is given to veteran actors and actresses over 40. But given the dominance of young fans who prefer idol type actors, that’s not going to happen anytime soon.

  2. I agree. I don’t get to see Yuan Quan in dramas much but I first noticed her in the Last Tycoon. Her final scene was very memorable in that film. I always find her acting a lot more captivating than the madly popular Dilraba, Chen Qiao en, Liu Shishi, Tang Yan, Yang Mi crowd. And it’s even more impressive that YQ’s formal training is in dance. YQ handles intense scenes well. Qin Hailu, Liu Mintao, (sometimes) Chen Shu and others are also enjoyable to watch but they don’t flood the drama scenes like the Dilraba group. I’m so happy you write about some of the “veteran” actors and actresses. It can sad sometimes how the more seasoned actresses often get the supporting roles and often in smaller-budget productions.

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