257 nominees from 13 countries are vying for recognition as Asian Television’s Finest at the region’s most prestigious industry award – Asian Television Awards. With more than 1,400 entries across 40 categories, this year’s entries come from markets as distant as Qatar in the Middle East.

In the Best Actor in a Leading Role category, Singapore actors Christopher Lee (Against The Tide), Pierre Png (Zero Calling 2) and Norman Ishak (Firasat) will be competing for the top honours with Lan Cheng-Lung (Apple in Your Eye, Taiwan), Huang Jian-Wei (Wake Up, Taiwan), Zhang Jia-Yi (Forty-nine Days Memory, China) and Tong Da-Wei (Tiger Mom, China).

In the running for Best Actress in a Leading Role are Zhao Wei (Tiger Mom, China), Zhou Xun (Red Sorghum, China), Ruby Lin (The Way We Were, Taiwan), Hong Qi-Yang (Message Seen, Taiwan), Fang Wen-Lin (The Last Waltz, Taiwan) and Kristal Tin (Black Heart White Soul, Hong Kong) along with Singapore’s Felicia Chin (Love is Love-Sunshine) and Suhaillah Salam (Dua Wajah).

The Best Drama Series category sees nominations from Japan (Midnight Diner, HERO 2014 and MOZU Season 1 ~ Night Cry of the MOZU), Hong Kong (Line Walker), Singapore (Grace) and Korea (The Incomplete) while the Best Music Programme category includes nominations from Singapore (MTV World Stage Malaysia 2014), China (I Am A Singer Season 3), Korea (Immortal Songs: Michael Bolton and I Can See Your Voice) and India (The Remix) vying for the top spot.

The awards will be telecast live for the first time in its 20-year history. 3,000 members of the public are also expected at the Awards.

Hosted by Allan Wu, Max Loong, Joey Mead King and Stephanie Carrington, audiences will be wowed by world-class performances by heavyweight celebrities such as multiple-award Korean girl group Secret, Indonesian superstar Anggun, and Swedish boyband JTR.

The full list of nominees can be found at here and winners will be announced during the Awards on 2nd and 3rd December 2015.