China’s Os­cars to be held in Hol­ly­wood

China Daily (Canada) - - ACROSSAMERICA - By CINDY LIU in Los Angeles cindyliu@chi­nadai­lyusa.com

Or­ga­niz­ers of the 2014 Huad­ing Awards an­nounced at a press con­fer­ence on Thurs­day in San Gabriel in Cal­i­for­nia that China’s Huad­ing Awards, a voter-based “Chi­nese Os­car” awards for top Chi­nese talent in en­ter­tain­ment, will be held for the first time in Hol­ly­wood on Sun­day June 1 at the Ri­cardo Mon­tal­ban The­ater.

Es­tab­lished in 2007 by Bei­jing-based me­dia com­pany Global Tal­ents Me­dia Group, the Huad­ing Awards have been held 11 times through­out the year so far at var­i­ous Chi­nese venues, cel­e­brat­ing stars in all fields.

Huad­ing Awards fall into five cat­e­gories in­clud­ing film, TV, mu­sic, global film stars and va­ri­ety shows. Global film sat­is­fac­tion sur­veys will be re­leased at Sun­day’s cer­e­mony and re­veal this year’s best in­ter­na­tional film stars with the high­est rat­ings among Chi­nese au­di­ences.

It is the only purely voter­based award on film stars in en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try in the world.

The Huad­ing global film sat­is­fac­tion sur­vey is con­ducted by pro­fes­sional sur­vey agencies on the street in 10 to 15 cities in China. Names of nom­i­nated film stars based on sur­vey re­sults will be re­leased on ma­jor por­tals like Sohu, Sina and Netease to gen­er­ate voting.

“The value of the Huad­ing Award is that we want to es­tab­lish the power of the Chi­nese au­di­ence. Chi­nese au­di­ence now have say in global en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try, and this is what it means to the world,” said Kun Wang, pres­i­dent of Global Tal­ents Me­dia Group and sec­re­tary-gen­eral of the Huad­ing Awards Com­mit­tee. “As soon as we started the first Huad­ing Awards in 2007, we had the mis­sion of mak­ing it a global award. “

Half of the stars Chi­nese au­di­ence choose from are in­ter­na­tional and most of them are from the US. “Hol­ly­wood movie stars and mu­si­cal artists want to es­tab­lish a con­nec­tion with their fans in China,” said Wang at the in­ter­view.

Vet­eran live-show pro­ducer Don Mis­cher — pro­ducer or di­rec­tor of nu­mer­ous Academy Award shows, Olympics open­ing cer­e­monies, Su­per Bowl half­time shows and the Obama in­au­gu­ra­tion in Wash­ing­ton in 2009, joined the Huad­ing Awards last year and will be the pro­ducer over­see­ing this Sun­day’s Huad­ing night. As a most ex­pe­ri­enced hand at pro­duc­ing tele­vised gala events, Don Mis­cher is ex­pected to lure more Hol­ly­wood talent to the Chi­nese global awards event.

“We are ded­i­cated to bring­ing China’s film in­dus­try to the world by bridg­ing ‘China se­lec­tion’ and ‘Amer­i­can pro­duc­tion’,” said Wang.

Quentin Tarantino, Ni­cole Kid­man, Ni­co­las Cage, Sam Worthington, Jeremy Irons, and Mathew Perry were among the guests walk­ing the red car­pet at the Huad­ing Awards in Ma­cao in 2013.

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Kun Wang (cen­ter), pres­i­dent of Global Tal­ents Me­dia Group and sec­re­tary-gen­eral of the Huad­ing Awards Com­mit­tee, told the me­dia that he and his part­ners in Amer­ica have been pre­par­ing for a year to bring the Huad­ing Awards to the US for the first time at a press con­fer­ence held on Thurs­day in San Gabriel in Cal­i­for­nia.

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