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China's 'Black Coal, Thin Ice' leads Golden Horse nominees (update 2)

China's 'Black Coal, Thin Ice' leads Golden Horse nominees (update 2)

Taipei, Oct. 1 (CNA) Chinese director Diao Yinan's thriller "Black Coal, Thin Ice" leads the pack for this year's Golden Horse Awards, with eight nominations, including best feature film, organizers announced Wednesday. The film, about a series of murders that are all linked to a mysterious woman, also garnered nominations for best director, best lead actor, best lead actress, best original screenplay, best cinematography, best art direction and best editing, according to the Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival Executive Committee. The other nominees in the best feature film category are Chinese actor and first-time director Chen Jianbin's "A Fool," Hong Kong director Ann Hui's "The Golden Era," Taiwanese director Umin Boya's debut film "Kano" and Chinese director Lou Ye's "Blind Massage." "Black Coal, Thin Ice" stars Chinese actor Liao Fan and Taiwanese actress Gwei Lun-mei. Liao won a Silver Bear for best actor at this year's Berlin International Film Festival for his role as a detective in the film. Other directing nominees are Hui, Lou, Burmese-Taiwanese director Midi Z for "Ice Poison" and Chinese director Wang Xiaoshuai for "Red Amnesia." In the best lead actor category, Liao will go up against Chen, who directs and stars in "A Fool," Hong Kong's Sean Lau in "The White Storm," Japan's Masatoshi Nagase in "Kano" and Taiwan's Chang Chen in "Brotherhood of Blades." Gwei, meanwhile, will be competing for best lead actress with fellow Taiwanese Chen Shiang-chyi in "Exit" and three Chinese actresses -- Gong Li in "Coming Home," Tang Wei in "The Golden Era" and Zhao Wei in "Dearest." Chen Jianbin is up for best new director, alongside Taiwan's Chienn Hsiang for "Exit," China's Xin Yukun for "The Coffin in the Mountain," Taiwan's Umin Boya for "Kano" and China's Li Xiaofeng for "Nezha." Hao Lei ("The Golden Era"), Paw Hee-ching ("Insanity"), Lang Tsu-yun ("Sweet Alibis"), Chen Yi-han ("Paradise in Service") and Wan Qian ("Paradise in Service") will compete in the best supporting actress category. Meanwhile, Wang Xuebing ("A Fool"), Ng Man-tat ("Aberdeen"), Chen Jianbin ("Paradise in Service"), Leon Dai ("Sex Appeal") and Jin Shi-jie ("Brotherhood of Blades") picked up best supporting actor nominations. The film with the second-highest number of nominations is "Blind Massage," with seven nods. Tying for third place are "Kano," "Paradise in Service" and "The White Storm," each of which have scored six nominations. Outstanding Taiwanese Filmmaker of the Year was awarded to veteran producer Jimmy Huang, whose productions "Kano" and "Paradise in Service" have won several nominations at this year's Golden Horse Awards, one of the most prestigious film awards in the Chinese-speaking world. The Lifetime Achievement Award was given to 86-year-old Taiwanese actor Tian Feng, who has appeared in numerous films in Taiwan and Hong Kong. A total of 364 films were submitted for competition this year, and 38 films including 14 Taiwan-made films received nominations, said Wen Tien-hsiang, executive director of the Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival Executive Committee, at the press conference to announce the nominees. "The strengths of this year's nominees are very equal. A total of 11 films have received five or more nominations, a first in the history of the awards," Wen said. The committee also announced Wednesday that Chinese American actress Joan Chen will chair the jury of the 51th Golden Horse Awards. Wen said the committee has invited Chen to chair because of her outstanding achievements and broad experience in film. Chen is a two-time Golden Horse winner for best actress, one-time winner for best director and one-time winner for best adapted screenplay. The 51st Golden Horse Awards ceremony is scheduled for Nov. 22 in Taipei, while the film festival will open Nov. 6. (By Christie Chen)


Updated : 2021-10-23 01:02 GMT+08:00