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Ziyi Zhang: Best Actress Golden Horse Award

Ziyi Zhang The GrandmasterZiyi Zhang: Best Actress at the 2013 Golden Horse Awards (image: 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 a 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.

2013 Golden Horse Awards (partial list)

Best Picture
Drug War (China/Hong Kong)
The Grandmaster (Hong Kong/China)
* Ilo Ilo (Singapore)
Stray Dogs (Taiwan)
A Touch of Sin (China/Japan)

Best Director
Chung Mong-hong, Soul
Jia Zhangke, Touch of Sin
Johnnie To, Drug War
* Tsai Ming-liang, Stray Dogs
Wong Kar Wai, The Grandmaster

Best Debut Director
* Anthony Chen, Ilo Ilo
Hsu Chao-jen, Together
Longman Leung and Sunny Luk, Cold War
Juno Mak, Rigor Mortis
Zhao Wei, So Young

Best Actor
Nick Cheung, Unbeatable
* Lee Kang-sheng, Stray Dogs
Tony Leung Chiu-wai, The Grandmaster
Tony Leung Ka-fai, Cold War
Jimmy Wang, Soul

Best Actress
Sammi Cheng, Blind Detective
Gwei Lun-mei, Christmas Rose
Cherry Ngan, The Way We Dance
Shu Qi, Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons
* Zhang Ziyi, The Grandmaster

Best Supporting Actor
Chen Tian Wen, Ilo Ilo
Huang Bo, Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons
* LI Xuejian, Back to 1942
Eddie Peng, Unbeatable
Tong Dawei, American Dreams in China

Best Supporting Actress
Crystal Lee, Unbeatable
Lin Mei-hsiu, To My Dear Granny
Susan Shaw, Tales from the Dark Part 1
Xue Hong, Longing for the Rain
* Yeo Yann Yann, Ilo Ilo

Best New Performer
Dong Zijian, Young Style
Huang Shao-yang, Together
Koh Jia Ler, Ilo Ilo
* Kuo Shu-yau, Step Back to Glory
Yang Liang-yu, A Time in Quchi

Best Original Screenplay
* Anthony Chen, Ilo Ilo
Robert Chou, Zhang Ji, and Aubrey Lam, American Dreams in China
Arthur Chu, To My Dear Granny
Jia Zhangke, A Touch of Sin
Wai Ka-fai, Yau Nai-hoi, Ryker Chan, and Yu Xi, Drug War

Best Adapted Screenplay
Stephen Chow and Derek Kwok, Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons
* Li Qiang, So Young
Liu Zhenyun, Back to 1942

Best Cinematography
Nagao Nakashima, Soul
Lu Yue, Back to 1942
Yu Like Wai, A Touch of Sin
* Philippe Le Sourd, The Grandmaster
Liao Pen Jung, Shong Won Chong, and Lu Qing Xin, Stray Dogs

Best Documentary
Boundary Revelation
Pusu Qhuni
Bridge Over Troubled Water
* Beyond Beauty: Taiwan From Above

Audience Choice Award
The Grand Master

Outstanding Taiwanese Filmmaker of the Year
* Yeh Ju-Feng
Liao Ching-Song
Tsai Ming-Hsiu

Lifetime Achievement Award
Chen Chen

Partial list of Golden Horse Award winners and nominees via The Hollywood Reporter.

Ziyi Zhang The Grandmaster photo: Bona Film Group.

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