50th Golden Horse Awards draws stars and fans to Taipei ceremony

By Katherine Wei , The China Post

TAIPEI, Taiwan — “The Oscars of Chinese Cinema” drew stars and fans alike to Taipei for the award ceremony that would determine the names and acts of the year, yesterday. Celebrating its 50th anniversary, the Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival is a blend of artistic and gala events that kicked off on Nov. 8, with nominated films being shown in Taipei theaters until Nov. 28. Over 200 films signed up in hopes of being nominated; only 37 were chosen. The 37 nominees were shown in the Festival with many award-winning films from previous Golden Horses as well as a selection of foreign films. Films of all genres were nominated. The young romantic comedy “When a Wolf Falls in Love with a Sheep,” the touching family film “To My Dear Granny,” macho boxing story “Unbeatable” and kung fu classic “Grandmaster” were among the 37 nominated, with “Grandmaster” leading with a total of 11 nominations. Founded in Taiwan, the Golden Horse Awards take entries from local film makers, China, Hong Kong and other Chinese-speaking nations. The 26 awards, including best leading actor and actress, best director, best new performer, best documentary, best original screenplay and many more, will be decided after careful deliberation between the panel of judges. This year, celebrity Kevin Tsai (蔡康永) will be hosting the award ceremony; director Ang Lee (李安), Bingbing Li (李冰冰) and Tsai himself are the final juries.

To celebrate the half-century milestone, the majority of previous award-winning stars and directors have accepted an invitations to attend; Aaron Kwok (郭富城), Sylvia Chang (張愛嘉), Jackie Chang (成龍) are just some of the stars who will attend, many having already won the award multiple times. Renowned Hong Kong actress Maggie Cheung (張曼玉) takes the role of the Golden Horse Ambassador this year. Cheung herself is the proud owner of many gleaming trophies. Before the 40th Golden Horse Awards, the entries were restricted to films that had all of the dialogue in a variations of Chinese, but after 2003 all films including a scrap of Chinese could sign up for a chance of nomination.