Derek Tsang’s “Better Days” has landed a nomination for the Best International Film category at the upcoming Academy Awards.

As reported on Mingpao, the Zhou Dongyu-starrer, which bagged eight accolades at the Hong Kong Film Awards last year, will be competing against the likes of Denmark’s “Another Round” and Tunisia’s “The Man Who Sold His Skin”.

It is noted that the movie will be the first film from Hong Kong to make it to the said category 18 years after Chen Kaige’s “Farewell My Concubine”.

Speaking to the media about the nomination, an excited Derek expressed, “I am so happy that this movie was supported and liked by audiences in different countries. At the same time I would like to thank all the people working in front of and behind the scenes for their hard work. I am so grateful.”

Derek posted his thanks and gratitude on social media

Better Days’ is about a bullied teenage school girl who forms an unlikely friendship with a young man who protects her

Asked if he has told his father Eric Tsang about it, Derek stated that he did, though the newly-appointed TVB Deputy General Manager has yet to respond.

“I am not sure yet if I will go to the US to attend the event in person,” he added.

He also took to social media to express his happiness over the nomination, writing, “Never thought we could make it this far. So blessed!! My most sincere thanks n love to everyone who helped us along the way!!”

Other nominees include Romania’s “Collective” and “Quo Vadis, Aida?” from Bosnia and Herzegovina.

(Photo Source: Derek Tsang Instagram)