TAIPEI – Both racing horses and black horses run to victory at this year's Golden Horse Awards.
Unlike last year when only one film – The Bold, Corrupt, And The Beautiful – reached the jackpot in taking half of the six main prizes, with other rivals winning at most one, this year's race was open.
On last Saturday's program, different films won in the category for Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Supporting Actress.
While iconic director Zhang Yimou finally came home first on the Best Director dashboard for his famous wux, Shadow, another competitor managed to get out of the big shadow – Shadow had 12 nominations – to reward their own passengers.
The prestigious Best Feature Film prize goes to An Elephant Sitting Still, about four people who seek entertainment from their problems and hunt elephant myths.
Director Hu Bo, who reportedly pulled out with the film's producer for creative control, committed suicide at the age of 29 in Beijing last year.
On Saturday, his mother received an award in his name.
The Taipei audience shouted when Taiwanese actress Hsieh Ying-xuan lived up to her favorite label by bagging the Best Actress for her stunning performance at Dear Ex, Taiwan News reported.
"I will continue to study hard," said Hsieh who shed tears for his breakthrough in fending off four other competitors, including veteran campaigners Sun Li (Shadow) and Zhou Xun (Last Letter).
Singapore fans can get the chance to see Hsieh personally because Dear Ex is set to be screened at the Singapore International Film Festival on December 2.
Tickets are sold out, with the festival's website showing that the players will be present, even though there is no name mentioned.
On Saturday, for those who bet that young blood can be a descendant in the future, the opportunity supports the Pangoyod of Taiwan who won the Best New Performer for his interesting role in the Long Time No Sea.
Earlier this year, the 14-year-old player showed his genealogy, which was named the Best Young Actor at the Minsk International Film Festival in Belarus for the same role.
But in the midst of celebrations, the event – dubbed the Oscar Chinese cinema – was burdened with politics too.
Yue Fu, in receiving the Best Documentary for Our Youth in Taiwan, said: "I hope that one day our country will be recognized and treated as a truly independent entity.
"This is my biggest hope as a Taiwanese."
The BBC reported that the award presenters on Saturday used the word "China" several times to refer to Chinese-language films and one presenter described Taiwan as "China, Taiwan".
Gong Li, who heads the jury this year, refused to be on stage with Taiwan director Lee Ang to present the Best Feature Film award, reported because of earlier comments that night about Taiwan's sovereignty.
Beijing is also said to have asked all mainland Chinese to boycott the party after the ceremony.
Meanwhile, Singaporeans visiting Taipei this week can also tap the buzz Awards, with a related film festival that starts on November 8 and will end this Sunday.
Formations included several nominations for the Award as well as the Padmaavat Bollywood extravaganza, whose stars Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh were married in Italy last week.