With Andy Lau part of the judging panel for the 49th Golden Horse this year, many wondered if his close friendship with Best Leading Actor Award nominees Lau Ching Wan, Nick Cheung and Nicholas Tse, will affect his judgment call.
The 50-year-old clarified that he will be impartial and aboveboard in his decision. "If the work is good, it is good. If it is bad, it is bad. The competitors for the awards are clearly aware of this."
Having acted in more than 140 movies since 1982, Andy is a two-time winner of the Best Leading Actor award for his stellar performance in Infernal Affairs III (2004) and A Simple Life (2011). It is said that the actor-singer's main duty will be to head the judging committee. He will also be spending 10 days in Taiwan to review films for the awards ceremony.
Wen Tien-Hsiang, CEO of Golden Horse Executive Committee shared, "We hope that the Golden Horse Awards will be a party for everyone in the film industry. Andy's involvement in the Awards last year was strongly felt so this is our recognition and respect for him."
The judging panel this year includes Director Ahmeow Lin, Taiwanese musicians, authors and actors such as Lim Giong, Zhang Da Chun and Liang Xiu Shen. The 49th Golden Horse Awards will be held in Yilan, Taiwan on Nov 24.