Anyone who’s ever watched or attended an awards ceremony would know how long those things can be. From the red carpet to the acceptance speeches and everything in between, that’s one entire evening dedicated to watching celebrities give themselves a pat on the back. 

As it turns out, when you take away all the extra stuff and boil it down to what an awards ceremony really is, which is to, well, present awards, it could be done in less time than it takes to watch an episode of KIN or a celebrity vlog.

Because of the COVID-19 outbreak, the 39th Hongkong Film Awards had to be cancelled for the first time in its history and a virtual ceremony was held in its place on YouTube yesterday (May 6). The event was the awards show equivalent of a stripped-down home concert — no fancy stage and lighting effects, no audience, no fancy outfits (unless you count chairman and presenter Derek Yee’s tux). 

And ‘cos of that, the entire shindig, if you can call it that, took just 11 minutes. 

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