The awards ceremony is the main event of the year for Taiwan’s television sector and covers a wide range of programs, from acting in drama to the hosting of variety shows and the production of children’s programs.
On the red carpet, most of the attention was focused on the dresses of the female stars and on the appearance of various popular idols, including the boy band 5566, which had the most vocal horde of fans present as they were reuniting to perform on the awards show.
Once the event started, Ho Yi-hang, 60, a prominent variety show host who ten years ago already won a Golden Bell Award for that category, received the prize for best male performance in a supporting role for “The Dad Who Didn’t Grow Up.” He was not present at the ceremony, though.
Another former award winner, 55-year-old actress Liu Juei-chi, was named as the best female performer in a supporting role for “The Day I Lost You.”
A lifetime achievement award went to Pang Yi-an, Taiwan television’s first-ever female showrunner, according to media reports. She spent 30 years at Taiwan Television (TTV) before joining a Buddhist station where she produced 79 series over 18 years.
“Do what you like, like what you do, life is good,” she gave as advice to young people starting their professional lives.
Another lifetime achievement award went to Mei Fang, who said she had starred in more than 7,000 television shows in a career spanning over 60 years.
She moved the audience with a strong plea in favor of promoting native talent and Taiwanese drama shows, which she said could turn back the tide of Chinese shows and be exported to China.
The evening also had its sad note when it became known that a veteran singer, Kuo Chin-fa, had died at the age of 72 Saturday night after collapsing on stage during a concert in Kaohsiung.