TAIPEI (AFP) – Chinese-language cinema A-listers and stars from Japan and Hollywood gathered in Taiwan on Saturday for this year’s Golden Horse Film Awards, with movies from mainland China dominating the nominations.
Touted as the Chinese-language equivalent to the Oscars, the ceremony will see Chinese star Gong Li, Hollywood actress Lily Collins and Japanese actor Masatoshi Nagase among the famous names on the red carpet ahead of a gla-morous ceremony in the capital Taipei.
The mainland is traditionally a strong conten-der at the awards, but has faced increasing competition from Taiwan and Hong Kong in re-cent years.
This time Chinese cop thriller “Black Coal, Thin Ice” leads the pack.
Directed by China’s Diao Yinan it has eight nods and already took the Golden Bear award for best film in Berlin in February.
The film tells the story of a washed-up ex-cop investigating a series of grisly murders and is nominated for best film, best director, best leading actor and best leading actress.
Two other mainland movies – “A Fool” and “Blind Massage” are also up for the coveted best film title, competing against Chinese-Hong Kong co-production “The Golden Era” and Taiwanese baseball drama “Kano”.
“Blind Massage”, directed by China’s Lou Ye, has seven nominations for its portrayal of blind massage therapists, featuring some blind amateur actors.
“Kano” follows closely with six nods.