Hong Kong drama wins nominations at Golden Horse Awards
Taipei The Independent: — The annual Taiwan Golden Horse Awards began Saturday with Hong Kong drama receiving the highest number of Oscar nominations for the Asian equivalent.
The Golden Horse Awards, which began in 1962, are among the most prestigious awards for Chinese films.
This year, the Hong Kong film “Drifting,” based on a 2012 court case involving homeless people in the working district of Sham Shui Po, received 12 nominations including Best Director, Best Leading Actor, and Best Cinematography.
Two Taiwanese films, “The Soul”, “Waterfalls” and “Till We Meet Again” each received 11 nominations.
“The Falls” won best original screenplay, while “Drifting” won best adapted screenplay.
“Revolution of Our Time,” a 2019 documentary on Hong Kong’s political turmoil by Kiwi Chau, won Best Documentary Feature.
The film has been a controversial topic in Hong Kong and Zhao was accused of violating coronavirus rules after authorities raided a private screening of the documentary in Hong Kong. Under Hong Kong laws, private gatherings are not limited to coronavirus restrictions.
Zhao has since sold the copyright to the documentary to a European distributor and disposed of all of its footage, in light of the risks posed by the city’s sweeping national security law in the wake of the political turmoil.
The Golden Horse Awards were held at the National Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall in Taipei, where Singaporean actor Mark Lee and Chinese-American actress Bai Ling presented the awards.
This year, a total of 573 entries were submitted to the Golden Horse Awards, compared to 465 last year.
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