Nicolas Cage might be the star of countless internet memes and YouTube videos, but China seems to think his work on the big screen is nothing short of remarkable.
The Con Air star was one of several thespians to take home an honor at the 2013 Huading Awards. In addition to Cage, actress Nicole Kidman and Friends alum Matthew Perry each walked away with a trophy for their work in entertainment.
According to Worst Previews, Nicolas Cage won the Best Global Actor at the recent event. Kidman snagged the honor of Best Global Actress while Perry took home a trophy for the Best Global Actor in a Television Series. Downton Abbey star Michelle Dockery was also declared the Best Global Actress in a TV Series.
Canadian pop star Avril Lavigne walked away with the award for Best Global Singer. Lavigne and husband Chad Kroeger attended the event in China. During her brief chat with The Associated Press, the singer said she was thrilled about the recent award.
“It was an honor and it was really sweet and I feel very happy and lucky to be here. Asia, everyone in Asia, has been really good. I have a lot of fans here so I’m going to start my tour here in February. I’ll tour all across Asia, and so I feel very grateful for the fan base here,” she explained.
Although Nicolas Cage certainly has a strong and very loyal cult following, it’s definitely surprising that the 2013 Huading Awards declared the actor as the best global actor on the planet. Anyone who has witnessed both Wicker Man and Drive Angry might beg to differ.
Despite his decreasing power at the box office, Cage is still making bank overseas. His recent endeavors Season of the Witch and the animated family flick The Croods performed very well in foreign markets. Perhaps the world knows something the rest of us don’t.
Check out the complete list of winners below.
Lifetime Achievement Award — Jeremy Irons
Best Global Actor in Motion Pictures — Nicolas Cage
Best Global Actress in Motion Pictures — Nicole Kidman
Best Global Singer — Avril Lavigne
Best Global Director in Motion Pictures — Quentin Tarantino
Best Global Actor in a TV Series — Matthew Perry
Best Global Actress in a TV Series — Michelle Dockery
Best Global Action Movie Actor — Sam Worthington
Best Emerging Global Talent — Boo Boo Stewart
Are you a fan of Nicolas Cage? Were you surprised that the Ghost Rider star won an award for the Best Global Actor at the 2013 Huading Awards?
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