Actor Brandon Wong Bags First Star Awards Trophy In 27 Years, Tears Up On Stage

Veteran Actor Brandon Wong Gives Emotional Speech At Star Awards

We often yearn for recognition of our hard work, especially when we’ve been in the industry for a significant period.

And when we finally get that recognition, that moment may undeniably be overwhelming.

This was what happened to veteran actor Brandon Wong, 50, when he clinched his first Star Awards trophy on 24 Apr — after 27 years of perseverance and hard work.

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Let’s take a look at the heartfelt moment together.

Mediacorp actor Brandon Wong breaks down after winning first Star Awards trophy

On 24 Apr, the night of the Star Awards, one moment that probably stood out the most to viewers was when veteran actor Brandon Wong received his Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes trophy.

As Wong went up to deliver his speech, he couldn’t help but break down in emotional tears — after all, this was his first time winning the award after 27 years in showbiz.

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Holding the trophy in one hand, he expressed how “it wasn’t easy during these 27 years”.

As he wiped away his tears, the audience could be heard clapping loudly for him, with someone shouting, “Jiayou! (You got this!)”

He took a deep breath before joking that he’s “worried that [he] might have to wait another 27 years to clinch [his] second trophy in this category”.

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He concluded his speech by passionately calling himself 千里马 — a Chinese term that describes a person who perseveres through many years of hardship.

You can watch his touching full speech here.

Brandon Wong also broke down after accepting the ‘Most Hated Villain’ award backstage

Before the main awards show, Wong also won the fan-voted ‘Most Hated Villain’ award, beating out other contenders Chen Tianwen, Guo Liang, Huang Biren, and Jeffrey Xu.

During a livestream, Wong expressed his disbelief as this was the very first award given to him in his 27 years of acting.

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Source: Entertainment – Mediacorp on YouTube

When the hosts asked him to appeal to the voters for the Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes award, he became visibly emotional.

Source: Entertainment – Mediacorp on YouTube

“Thank you to those who hated this character, you have completed your mission. For those who like me…” He choked up at this point, unable to finish his sentence.

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Source: Entertainment – Mediacorp on YouTube

He quickly wiped away his tears before urging his supporters to vote for him.

He felt “immensely grateful” to be nominated this year

For Wong, this award must’ve been meaningful as he expressed his yearning to be recognised as an actor.

On 10 Mar, after Mediacorp released the nominees for the Top 20, he shared a heartfelt message on Instagram, writing, “This is my first nomination in this category in my 27 years of acting career!”

He also mentioned how it might not be a big deal to others, but to him, it’s a little recognition of his hard work since the beginning of his career.

While this is his first Top 10 trophy, two of his colleagues, actresses Rebecca Lim and Felicia Chin, clinched their 10th – and final – awards on the same night. This means they will become All-Time Favourite Artistes next year.

Here’s the full list of winners.

Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes:

  1. Desmond Tan
  2. Romeo Tan
  3. Lee Teng
  4. Shaun Chen
  5. Ben Yeo
  6. Pierre Png
  7. Marcus Chin
  8. Guo Liang
  9. Xu Bin
  10. Brandon Wong

Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes:

  1. Paige Chua
  2. Ya Hui
  3. Jesseca Liu
  4. Yvonne Lim
  5. Rebecca Lim
  6. Carrie Wong
  7. Hong Ling
  8. Cynthia Koh
  9. Felicia Chin
  10. Chantalle Ng

Hard work pays off no matter what

This touching moment has reminded us that perseverance does pay off at the end of the day — as long as you stay true to yourself and put in your best efforts in whatever you do.

Like Wong, we should always keep our heads held high and be grateful for every little recognition of our hard work along the way. Hopefully, his win will also inspire many of us to keep striving for our goals and do our very best.

MS News wishes all Star Awards 2022 winners a big congratulations.

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Featured image adapted from AsiaOne on Facebook.

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