Wednesday, 06 February 2013 11:54 | By Joanna Goh

SA 2013 nominees: A face-off between veterans and new faces

Veteran actors Cynthia Koh, Kym Ng, Chew Chor Meng will be going up against first-time nominees Thomas Ong and Rebecca Lim for top honours at this year’s Star Awards

Kym Ng, Chew Chor Meng and Rebecca Lim

This is the moment you’ve all been waiting for – the release of the top and final five nominees in the acting categories for the annual Star Awards ceremony. Without further ado, find out who shone through their roles and performances to clinch a coveted spot in the nomination list.

On top of the usual hot favourites that never fail to impress, this year we see a marked increase in fresh faces – newbies and veterans alike in the Best Actor and Actress nominations. Respected actors Chew Chor Meng and Thomas Ong, who have been in showbiz for more than a decade, will pose as strong competitors against their younger peers in the Best Actor category as both are nominated for their roles in Joys of Life and Pillow Talk.

They will face off against Christopher Lee (Show Hand), Pierre Png (Pillow Talk), and Dai Yang Tian (Poetic Justice), whose last nomination in said category was for 2010’s blockbuster series, Together.

For the actresses, two veterans – Cynthia Koh and Kym Ng – stood out with their impressive turns in Show Hand and It Takes Two. While this marks Cynthia’s fourth nomination in the Best Actress category after 2005’s Portrait of Home, this will be Kym’s first. Rebecca Lim also joins Kym as a first-time entrant for her stellar portrayal as a psychopath doctor in Unriddle 2.

The trio will be competing against former Best Actress winners Joanne Peh (Pillow Talk) and Rui En (Unriddle 2) for the coveted trophy this year.

In the Best Supporting category, we see a strong performance put up by showbiz veterans. For Best Supporting actor we have Huang Wen Yong (Joys of Life); Rayson Tan (It Takes Two); Tay Ping Hui (Unriddle 2) and Zhu Hou Ren (Pillow Talk), and Constance Song (Don’t Stop Believin’); Jin Yin Ji (It Takes Two); Lin Mei Jiao (Game Plan) and Xiang Yun (Pillow Talk) for Best Supporting Actress.

Best Newcomer award contenders: Edwin Goh, Ian Fang, Jayley Woo and Shane Pow

Best Newcomer award contenders: Edwin Goh, Ian Fang, Jayley Woo and Shane Pow

A commendable note goes out to Romeo Tan who picks up his first acting accolade (in the Best Supporting category) with his well-loved performance in Joys of Life. Kate Pang continues to shine, garnering the Best Supporting Actress nod for the second year running with her role in Joys of Life.

With an abundance of new talents joining the TV station in recent years, this year’s Best Newcomer award will be a tough fight between Edwin Goh (Don’t Stop Believin’), Elizabeth Lee (Show Hand), Ian Fang (Don’t Stop Believin’), Jayley Woo (Jump!) and Shane Pow (It Takes Two).

Now that we’ve laid out the nominees in the acting categories, the next piece of news—we believe—should be of utmost interest to fans: the online categories.

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