10-year-old M'sian shocked to be youngest Best Actress winner

26 June 2013 / 3 years 4 months ago

The youngest Best Actress winner in the Shanghai International Film Festival, 10-year-old Malaysian Crystal Lee Xin Qiao, did not even know that she was nominated for the award.According to an article in The Star, Her mother, Florence Chua, said none of them knew that Crystal was to be nominated for her role in the Hong Kong movie Unbeatable."We were completely taken by surprise by her win in Shanghai. None of us knew that she was nominated for Best Actress, not even the production company."All we got was an invitation from the festival organisers to attend the event as guests," she said in a phone interview here yesterday.Her daughter, said Chua, was actually quite shocked upon hearing her name announced as the winner at the event, which also saw her co-star Nick Cheung Ka Fai clinching the Best Actor award for his role as a boxer."Luckily, she is quite accustomed to speaking on stage and managed to compose a proper speech while accepting her award," she said.During the awards ceremony on Sunday, Crystal had charmed the audience, which included some of the most well-known names in the entertainment industry, by greeting them in Malay, English, Japanese, Cantonese and Shanghainese.She had won the award for her intense portrayal as the boxer's neighbour in the Dante Lam-helmed, mixed martial arts movie.Crystal made her film debut two years ago in Great Day, a movie helmed by local filmmaker Chiu Keng Guan. Her second movie was Lam's action thriller Viral Factor, which also starred Taiwan's Mandapop star Jay Chou and Hong Kong actor Nicholas Tse.Based in Kuala Lumpur, Crystal, who has been active in the local entertainment industry since she was five, has worked on over 50 local productions, ranging from variety programmes, television series to live shows and commercials.

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