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Rivals come out of Shadow to win Golden Horse Awards, entertainment news and top stories


TAIPEI – Both races and dark horses beat the Golden Prize this year.

Unlike last year, when a single movie – The Bold, Corrupt and The Beautiful – hit the jackpot to take half of the six awards, with other rivals winning at most one, this year's race was open.

At last Saturday's event, another film has won the best film categories, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Supporting Actress.

While iconic director Zhang Yimou finally came home for the first time as the best director for the shadow of Wowia Shadow, other contestants managed to get out of his big shadow – Shadow had 12 nominations – to reward own bettors.

The best film award for the best film went to an elephant party, about four people looking for enough trouble and looking for a mythical elephant.

Director Hu Bo, who was in a war of war with the filmmakers on creative control, committed suicide at the age of 29 in Beijing last year.

On Saturday, his mother accepted the prize on his behalf.

The audience in Taipei lit up when Taiwanese actress Hsieh Ying-xuan lived up to her favorite tag by killing her best actress for her stunning performance in Ex-Drag, Taiwan News reported.

"I will continue to learn hard," said Hsieh, who shed tears on his discovery in the fight with four other competitors, including Sun Li (Shadow) and Zhou Xun (Last Letter).

French fans could get a chance to watch Hsieh in person because Dear Ex is screened at the Singapore International Film Festival on December 2nd.

Tickets are sold, the festival site indicating that the distribution will be present, although no names are mentioned.

Saturday for those who made a bet that young blood could become a calf in the future, odds favor Taiwan and Pangoyod, who won the best performer for his convincing role in long time without water.

At the beginning of this year, the 14-year-old showed his pedigree, being named the best young actor at the Belarusian International Film Festival in Belarus for the same role.

But in the middle of the holidays, the event – called the Chinese Cinema Oscars – was accompanied by politics.

Yue Fu, in accepting the best documentary for Taiwanese youth, said: "I hope that one day our country will be recognized and treated as a truly independent entity.

"This is my greatest desire as a Taiwanese."

The BBC reported that prize-winners used the word "China" several times to refer to Chinese films, and a presenter described Taiwan as "China, Taiwan."

Gong Li, who chaired the jury this year, declined to be on stage with Taiwanese director Lee Ang, who presented the award for best cinematography, according to previous statements on Taiwan's sovereignty.

Beijing also urged all Chinese Chinese participants to boycott a party after the ceremony.

Meanwhile, Singaporeans who visit this week in Taipei can also hit the noise of the awards with an associated film festival that began on November 8 and will end this Sunday.

The feature includes some of the awards nominations as well as Bollywood Padmaavat extravagance, whose stars Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh married last week in Italy.

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