Ziyi Zhang: Best Actress at the 2013 Golden Horse Awards (photo: Ziyi Zhang in ‘The Grandmaster’)
(See previous post: “Golden Horse Awards: Singaporean Movie ‘Ilo Ilo’ Is Surprising Best Picture Choice.”) Although Anthony Chen’s Ilo Ilo took home the top award at the 50th Golden Horse Awards, Wong Kar Wai’s Berlin Film Festival opening gala film The Grandmaster was this year’s big winner: six awards, including the Best Actress trophy for Ziyi Zhang. That marked Zhang’s first victory, after three previous nominations: Best Actress for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon in 2000 and for 2046 in 2004; Best Supporting Actress for Forever Enthralled in 2009.
"It was a very long and suffering journey making The Grandmaster, but now I’m very happy," Zhang said in her acceptance speech. In Wong’s Hong Kong-Chinese martial arts drama she plays the daughter of fighting master, who, so as to restore her family’s honor, challenges grandmaster Ip Man (Tony Leung) to a "duel." The Grandmaster is Hong Kong’s submission for the 2014 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.
Ang Lee, Best Director Academy Award winner for Brokeback Mountain and Life of Pi and Ziyi Zhang’s director in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, was this year’s jury Chair. No less than 265 films with at least partial Chinese-language dialogue were submitted.
Via Fox International’s Star Chinese Movies channel, the Golden Horse Awards ceremony was broadcast live for the first time in the U.S. and six other English-speaking territories.
Drug War (China/Hong Kong)
The Grandmaster (Hong Kong/China)
* Ilo Ilo (Singapore)
Stray Dogs (Taiwan)
A Touch of Sin (China/Japan)
Partial list of Golden Horse Award winners and nominees via The Hollywood Reporter.