Author: 公子于歌 / Gong Zi Yu Ge
Translator: Kinky || https://kinkytranslations.com/
Chapter 190: Ascend to the top!
Shen Jintai was undoubtedly the most dazzling presence tonight. After walking the red carpet with the crew of <When You’re Older>, he changed into a gray suit and ten minutes later walked it again with the crew of <Pilot>. This time, he changed his undershirt and put a red rose on his chest.
“It’s my brother signature look. He’s so handsome today!”
“I hate that I can’t go to the scene to see my brother!”
“He must take best actor tonight!”
“If he can get best actor tonight, it will be a complete success!“
The gold powders swiped the screen.
Unsurprisingly, walking the red carpet twice became a hot search and the comments of passersby were also very good.
“Walking the red carpet twice by himself shows two points. First, Touhua has good resources. Two of the movies he’s in is nominated for movie of the year. Second, he’s nominated for both movies, which shows that he has the ability and is worthy of said resources.”
“The organizer is very fond of him tonight. The two interviews with him by the host were the longest. On the video website where I watched the live broadcast, his profile picture is also the largest, and occupies the C positions among big movie stars, which is very similar to Li Xu back then. Is this not called worship?”
“His outfit tonight is exactly the same as when he participated in the Guohua Awards last year, and the situation is also very similar. He’s evenly match so it’s hard to tell how the awards will end tonight.”
“Whether he wins or not actually has little effect on him, right? Regardless, Touhua is already a proper first-tier superstar. He only has two movies out, but they’ve already grossed more than 8 billion yuan. He has a great reputation in the public eye, so whatever movies he stars in will definitely attract everyone’s attention. The most important thing is for a male star to be able to carry the box office.”
“That being said, I, a passerby, hope he can win because that’ll just be awesome.”
“I think everyone supports him to win, mainly because of The East Palace last year. That incident was too hot that everyone couldn’t make peace with it.”
“The award ceremony is about to begin! I’m so nervous!”
Not only were netizens nervous, but so was Shen Jintai. He was even more nervous than when he participated in the Guohua Awards. Although he repeatedly told himself to act normal, he didn’t know what was wrong this time. He was excited and vaguely had a feeling that since he didn’t take the golden bell last time, if he were to take film emperor now, wouldn’t be so handsome?
He and Bai Qingquan sat in the front row, with stars far bigger than when they participated in the Guohua Awards. They raised their heads to look at the countless stars that surrounded them. Shen Jintai glance back trying to find where Yan Qiuchi and the others were sitting but there were too many people that he couldn’t find them.
At 8 in the evening, the award ceremony officially began, kicking off with a musical performance. The guest performance turns out to be Zheng Siqi.
“Are they going to play The East Palace card?”
“The more the organizer act like this, the more worried I am for Touhua. I feel that its building up his expectations too high.”
“Why do you only mention Touhua? I think Bai Qingquan’s performance in the movie is also amazing. The most exciting part is their rival scenes.”
“Shit, if in the end the film emperor goes to Bai Qingquan, and Touhua disappears, wouldn’t that be ironic?”
“<Pilot> has the most nominations and the most momentum. It already took the lead and won best cinephotography.”
“<When You’re Older> actually failed to win that? Sun Sihai background is amazing and his shots were so beautiful.”
“Honestly, <Pilot> wasn’t bad, but I still regret it not going to <When You’re Older>.”
Just when netizens were lamenting for <When You’re Older>, screenwriter Song Chenchen won best screenwriter.
“Damn, this screenwriter is so fucking handsome.”
“Song Chenchen is the most handsome screenwriter ever. Didn’t he turn red when the movie was released? He’s not inferior to Touhua or Bai Yueguang, and he’s a super-rich second generation.”
As the awards were handed out, Shen Jintai became happier. Since he acted in two movies, no matter which one won, he was happy.
The organizers also gave him face a lot of tonight. When the two movies were showing the nomination clips, his figure also appear on the screen. The contrast between the characters that he played in these two movies were huge and they appeared so closely together. One was unkempt while the other was a sunny youth. Because his shots were connected, they triggered a small climax within the audience.
But this was just the beginning. <When You’re Older> had seven nominations and <Pilot> had twelve.
“Guess how many times Shen Jintai will appear on the big screen tonight” had become the focus of heated discussion among netizens.
In addition to walking the red carpet twice, the gold powders were crying with excitement.
The night of Touhua did not end in failure!
“Next up is the nomination for best supporting actor for the 28th Golden Dragon Awards. We like to invite our presenter, Song Wei and Chen Fang to the stage.”
Shen Jintai was shocked when he heard this.
Song Wei, who played Empress Xiao in <The East Palace is Coming>, and Chen Fang had a deep relationship with him. One he had previously worked with, while the other he competed against for best actor in the Guohua Awards and lost.
“Fuck, fuck. Is Touhua going to win best supporting actor?”
“I hope he doesn’t. It’s reasonable to say that they would only award him with one. If he takes best supporting actor, he probably won’t win film emperor.”
The gold powders were nervous. They hoped Shen Jintai would win, but at the same time wouldn’t.
Song Wei and Cheng Fang walked on stage to the sound of passionate music. Shen Jintai pursed his lips and applauded with everyone. Bai Qingquan patted his knee lightly, causing him to turn his head to him and gave him a smile.
Bai Qingquan was also very nervous. He really hoped that Shen Jintai would win.
Song Wei and Chen Fang spoke a bit as they lightly jab all the candidates. Shen Jintai was the key target causing burst of laughter in the audience making his face completely red.
Fang Fengmei and Shen Ruhai laughed with the audience. They were all so proud of Shen Jintai today.
The movie clips of each candidate were played one by one. When it was Shen Jintai’s turn, it showed a clip of him skydiving on the big screen. The background voice said in a loud and emotional tone: “<Pilot>, Shen Jintai.”
Although it was short, it felt profound. Shen Ruhai applauded excitedly that his palms were completely red. Liu Qi, who was sitting next to him, smiled as she softly pressed his leg.
Chen Fang opened the envelope and approached the microphone very neatly and shouted: “The winner of the 28th Golden Dragon Awards for Best Supporting Actor is, “Pilot”, Shen Jintai!”
The organizers were quite shrewd. When his name was announced, the camera switch to capturing Yan Qiuchi in the audience. This caused the barrage to explode.
“Oh, my god, the organizer is too good.”
“Watching an award ceremony and also stuffed with dog food.”
Yan Qiuchi’s expression was calm as he smiled while applauding. This was Shen Jintai’s first award since his debut, so inwardly, he was actually extremely excited. He had secretly prepared a celebration banquet for Shen Jintai and now it can be held.
At such a young age, it was already powerful to win best supporting actor. This shows that he has a very promising future.
Shen Jintai stood up with a smile. Bai Qingquan jumped up one step earlier than him, hugged him and said: “Congratulations!”
He didn’t expect Shen Jintai to take best supporting actor, as after taking it, there would be little hope to win film emperor. Still, hearing Shen Jintai’s name being called, he couldn’t help feeling excited and happy for him.
It’s better to win an award than no award and Shen Jintai was worthy of it!
Lu Ming, the director of <Pilot>, was sitting in front of him, also stood up and gave him a hug. Then Shen Jintai waked on stage amidst the sound of music. He felt a little dizzy. The rocker camera followed him moving in front of him from behind. He smiled towards it, showing that his eyes were already moist, as he heard a thick male voice sounded in his ears: “Shen Jintai contributed extraordinary acting abilities in the movie <Pilot> and shaped the image of the flesh and blood of what a hero pilot should be like during that time. The character Chen Zheng, who he plays, was fragile, tough, and passionate, which ignited this summer and the hearts of the audience.”
Teacher Song Wei was holding the Golden Dragon trophy and was already waiting for him with a smile.
“Congratulations,” Song Wei smiled and said: ”I knew you would win an award sooner or later.”
“Thank you, Teacher Song.”
Song Wei hugged him and handed the trophy to him. Shen Jintai breathed a sigh of relief, shook hands with Teacher Chen Fang, and took the envelope in Teacher Chen’s hand.
Chen Fang smiled and made a gesture of invitation, and Shen Jintai stood in front of the microphone. Glancing out, it was the first time he had witness such a scene. The applause from the audience continued as lights shone on him from all directions. He could no longer see who was in the auditorium and an instant blankness filled his mind as he was trying to recall his acceptance speech.
There was nothing else in his mind besides the memory of last night when he was cuddling with Yan Qiuchi. Yan Qiuchi asked him: “Have you prepared your acceptance speech?”
He looked up at the audience, smiled, and applause rang out again.
Whether it was him or the gold powder, they had long forgotten his chance of winning Film Emperor. Regret slowly dissipated replaced by excitement and joy.
After the applause stopped, Shen Jintai said: “Thank you. Thank you everyone and thank you to the judges of the Golden Dragon Awards. This is the first award I’ve received in my life. I will continue to work hard and strive to become a great actor. Thank you.”
He bowed to everyone, and when he was about to step down, he suddenly remembered that he had forgotten to thank many people, so he smiled and returned to the microphone: “I’m a little too excited.”
Everyone laughed and applauded, and Fang Fengmei cried with excitement. This time he was not sitting on a cold bench all night. She wiped away her tears, glanced at Yan Qiuchi next to her, and saw Yan Qiuchi smiling and staring at the stage warmingly.
“I would like to thank Director Lu for choosing me to play the role of Chen Zheng. I hope everyone can remember the sacrifices of these heroes. Because of them, we are where we are today. I would also like to thank my company, Monsoon Entertainment, my team, my manager, Sister Lan, and my family and friends who have always supported me.”
He didn’t know if he would have a second chance to go on stage again so he thanked all the people he could and finally raised the Golden Dragon trophy is his hand: “Thank you to all my fans. I didn’t disappoint you this time. Thank you to everyone who loves and supports me. Thank you!”
He bowed, and the gold powders burst into tears.
“Oh, my brother has never let us down, never.”
“Not even last time! Brother has always been the king in our hearts!”
“Damn, I cried like an idiot.”
Compared with the excitement of the gold fans, passersby said their blessings but still felt regretful.
“Best actor for Touhua is now hopeless, right?”
“There’s a high probability that it is. The judges want to motivate young actors so they gave him Best Supporting Actor.”
“It’s a pity. I really had hope he could win film emperor.”
“The competition for male actors is too fierce this year, and it is not easy to win such an award.”
Yan Qiuchi touched his phone and sent a message to Gao Qiao, asking him to start contacting the gold powders waiting outside the venue to prepare for the celebration banquet tonight. It was going to be held in the largest and most luxurious restaurant in Nancheng.
When Gao Qiao received the news, he told Fang Yun, and Fang Yun jumped up with excitement.
“Let’s go and prepare things now.” Gao Qiao said.
Shen Jintai took a break and then returned to the audience. Bai Qingquan said excitedly: “I will take a photo with you later. You have to let me touch your trophy!”
Shen Jintai laughed: “Alright.”
After getting best supporting actor, he had simmered down, because he knew there was a high chance that he won’t win film emperor.
Bai Qingquan was even calmer. If Shen Jintai couldn’t get it, then what would be his chances? How can he beat veterans like Zhang Wei and Wei Wenyao? Film emperor will most likely belong to either of them.
Although it was hopeless, their shots appeared on the big screen every three to five times. Most nominations for <When You’re Older> were all their shots as there weren’t any supporting roles in the movie, and with so many women in attendance, whenever their clips showed, it would always cause a commotion.
<Pilot> became more courageous for the next few battles and won almost all its technical awards, including best visual effects, best editing, best sound effects, best art design, best modeling design and the likes. Lu Ming, as one of the best directors of China, won the Golden Dragon Award for best director for the first time pushing the award ceremony into another small climax.
Finally, after best director is best actor. The award ceremony was interspersed with advertisements at this moment.
“Holy shit, has the number of online viewers broken a record?”
“I’m so anxious, why did they go to commercials at this time!”
“Because everyone knows that this is the highlight of tonight. The most anticipated moment of this Golden Dragon Awards!”
“Although I think it’s unlikely for Touhua to win, I still prayed for him three times over!”
“Ahhhhhhhhhh, my hands are shaking with excitement!”
The group of gold powders who have been chirping, at this moment, became neat and orderly as they all sent praying emojis.
Gao Qiao, Fang Yun, and the others sat in the restaurant with the gold powders who came to help for tonight’s event stared nervously at the big screen.
“Is there a delay in the webcast?” Gao Qiao clenched his fists nervously.
“Isn’t it announced live nowadays?”
“No news has come yet.”
While the advertisements were playing on the big screen, Fang Fengmei couldn’t help feel anxious. She turned to look at Yan Qiuchi who was sitting there calmly.
“Aren’t you nervous?”
Yan Qiuchi smiled and let go of the hand that had been clenched tightly full of sweat.
After the long advertisements, the award ceremony continued.
The presenter for best actor tonight was Huo Siqin, last year’s Golden Dragon film queen, and Lu Ming, who had just won best director. Lu Ming was still excited when he came directly from backstage. With a smile he said: “I’m on stage again.”
Huo Siqin smiled and said: “I know that three of the candidates this time have acted in your movies. The list will be announced soon.”
Lu Ming smiled and said: “Let’s take a look at the big screen first.”
Shen Jintai directly grabbed Bai Qingquan’s hand. Although he felt that there was little hope, at this moment, he became nervous again.
The names of the five candidates were read out in turn.
“Zhang Wei, <I Want Us to be Together>.”
“Wei Wenyao, <The Year of Destiny>.”
“Zhou Kangming, <A Place within a Stone’s Throw>.”
“Shen Jintai, <When You’re Older>.”
“Bai Qingquan, <When You’re Older>.”
The barrage flooded the screen: “Reproduce the grand scene from The East Palace!”
“Touhua and Bai Yueguang appeared on the big screen of the awards ceremony again!”
“It’s really exactly the same as The East Palace back then. I just beg that there will be no more regrets from The East Palace! ”
Yan Qiuchi, Fang Fengmei, Yan Tiefeng, Shen Ruhai, Liu Qi and others all looked at the stage nervously.
Huo Siqin smiled and said: “The winner of 28th Golden Dragon Awards for best actor is…” She smiled and handed the envelope to Lu Ming. Lu Ming said, “I just experienced it. I know they are all suffering right now, so I won’t milk it.”
He opened the envelope to the laughter of the audience.
Shen Jintai grasped Bai Qingquan’s hand tightly.
Lu Ming opened the envelope and glanced at it and let out an exclamation.
“Oh my god, this is really a replica of the Guohua Awards last year. The presentors reacted the same way when they saw the list!”
“What do you mean? Upset? Is Zhou Kangming the winner? Or is it Touhua?!”
Close-ups of the faces of the five candidates appeared on the screen. Shen Jintai and Bai Qingquan didn’t smile at all as their eyes seemed full of light looking at the stage motionlessly.
Huo Siqin couldn’t help but glanced at him and covered her mouth with a “wow”.
Lu Ming smiled and said: “I’m just milking it.”
All five candidates laughed this time, but almost all the audience at the scene were excited. The battle for the best actor was too intense at this moment.
“Two people.” Lu Ming said.
There was an immediate commotion in the audience, and Shen Jintai only felt that his mind was blank. The two mean that his chances of winning the award is a little higher, right? But he just won best supporting actor.
Bai Qingquan was the first to notice the sign, and suddenly grasped Shen Jintai’s hand.
“One of them has acted in my movie.” Lu Ming said again.
Commotion rang in the audience again and many celebrities looked at Shen Jintai. Although Shen Jintai, Zhou Kangming, and Zhang Wei have all acted in Lu Ming’s movies, everyone seems to have the same kind of premonition.
Lu Ming smiled, lowered his head slightly and approached the microphone and said: “Congratulations, Shen Jintai and Bai Qingquan! ”
“Congratulations to the two young actors!”
The audience suddenly boiled over, and Director Sun Sihai took the lead in jumping up. Yan Qiuchi shook his fists with both hands and almost stood up.
Fang Fengmei had held back for so long that she couldn’t help but let out an “Ahhh”, while Yan Tiefeng quickly stretched out his hands and applaud loudly.
Shen Ruhai was crying with excitement as Liu Qi leaned on his shoulder with a smile, shaking his arm violently.
Meanwhile, the two winners, Shen Jintai and Bai Qingquan, were completely stunned. Sun Sihai patted Shen Jintai on the shoulder motioning them to go on stage. Bai Qingquan and Shen Jintai got up together as everyone from the crew rushed up to hug them. The situation was a bit chaotic at one point as everyone was too excited. No one had expected this, especially when Shen Jintai had already won best supporting actor.
The award-winning speech was even more touching: “Shen Jintai and Bai Qingquan, two young actors who performed amazingly in the movie <When You’re Older>. Their role span was large, their performance was rich, and their delicate interpretation have made countless people shed tears. Luo Wensheng and Yu Nuo are two inseparable people in life and death as such, Shen Jintai and Bai Qingquan deserves to be on the podium together.”
Bai Qingquan hugged Shen Jintai and cried, just like the moment when the movie was finished, “Yu Nuo”, who couldn’t move on, hugged “Luo Wensheng” and cried bitterly.
Shen Jintai was filled with tears as he was infected too, and patted Bai Qingquan’s head with his arms.
“I can’t stop crying!”
The author has something to say：
Touhua took Bai Yueguang to the throne for film emperor. The twins are inseparable both inside and outside the play.
Kinky Thoughts: Yasssss~ How unexpected that they both won. I’m so glad Shen Jintai didn’t get snubbed this time. The next chapter is the final chapter of the main story!
On a side note: I do recommend you read <When You’re Older>, which I have translated. Just know that it’s pretty dog-blooded but it’s worth it, because you can enjoy their victory more knowing how they acted in the movie.