Taiwan drama Dear Ex, the feature debut of TV screenwriter Mag Hsu and music video director Hsu Chih Yen, follows with eight nominations including Best Film, Best New Director, Best Actor for Roy Chiu, Best Actress for Hsieh Ying Xuan and Best New Performer for Joseph Huang. Wen Muye’s blockbuster China comedy-drama Dying to Survive netted seven nods including Best Film, Best New Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best Actor for Xu Zheng. The remaining Best Film contenders are An Elephant Sitting Still, the first and last film of Hu Bo who received a posthumous Best New Director nomination, and neo-noir drama Long Day’s Journey into Night, which also garnered a Best Director nod for Bi Gan. Jiang Wen (Hidden Man), Lou Ye (Shadow Play) and Tibetan filmmaker Pema Tseden (Jinpa) complete the Best Director shortlist.
Duan Yihong from Best New Director and Original Screenplay nominee Dong Yue’s The Looming Storm and An Elephant Sitting Still‘s young lead Peng Yuchang join Roy Chiu, Deng Chao and Xu Zheng in the Best Actor race. Meanwhile, Hsieh Ying Xuan and Sun Li compete in the Best Actress category with Zhao Tao (Ash is Purest White), Zheng Meihuizi (Three Husbands) and Zhou Xun from Iwai Shunji’s Last Letter. The Japanese auteur also earned a Best Original Screenplay nod for his first Chinese film.
Singer-actress Rene Liu’s directorial debut Us and Them garnered five nominations including Best New Director, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor for veteran director and sometime actor Tian Zhuangzhuang, who will compete against Lee Hong Chi (Cities of Last Things), Cheng Jen Shuo (Gatao 2: Rise of the King), Zhang Yu (Dying to Survive) and Ben Yuen (Tracey). Best Supporting Actress nominations go to last year’s Best Actress winner Kara Hui (Tracey), teen actress Zhang Zifeng (Last Letter), Xu Qing (Hidden Man), Phoebe Huang (Dad’s Suit) and Ding Ning (Cities of Last Things). Ho Wi Ding’s Cities also garnered nominations for Best Original Screenplay and Best New Performer (Hsieh Chang Ying).
The 55th Golden Horse Awards will be held in Taipei on November 17, 2018.
Text / Sanwei