Big stars and blockbusters were not welcome at the 2016 Golden Horse Awards.
I Am Not Madame Bovary (我不是潘金莲) helmer Feng Xiaogang won Best Director for his latest film at the 53rd Golden Horse Awards in Taipei Saturday, on a night when smaller names from more artistic films took home most of the trophies.
Bovary also won the Audience Award, but the film’s star Fan Bingbing did not, with Ma Sichun and Zhou Dongyu sharing the Best Leading Actress honor, having both played the same character in the film Soul Mate (七月与安生). Best Leading Actor went to Fan Wei for his role in Mr. No Problem (不成问题的问题). The Summer is Gone (八月) by director Zhang Dalei surprised by winning the Best Feature Film award. Summer star Kong Weiyi, aged 10, won Best Newcomer.
Only one major award went to an entry from Hong Kong, with director Wong Chun winning Best New Director for Mad World (一念无明).
Held annually in Taipei, Taiwan, the film awards see entries from throughout Greater China.
Full Winners List:
Best Feature Film: The Summer is Gone
Best Documentary: Le Moulin
Best Animation Feature: No award
Best Live Action Short Film: A Sunny Day
Best Animated Short Film: Wander in the Dark
Best Director: Feng Xiaogang, I Am Not Madame Bovary
Best Leading Actor: Fang Wei, Mr. No Problem
Best Leading Actress: Ma Sichun/Zhou Dongyu (shared), Soul Mate
Best Supporting Actor: Lin Po-hung, At Cafe 6
Best Supporting Actress: Elaine Jin, Mad World
Best New Director: Wong Chun, Mad World
Best New Performer: Kong Weiyi, The Summer is Gone
Best Original Screenplay: Loong Man Hong, Thomas Ng, Mak Tin-shu, Triviṣa
Best Adapted Screenplay: Mei Feng, Huang Shi, Mr. No Problem
Best Cinematography: Mark LEE Ping-bing, Crosscurrent
Best Visual Effects: Douglas Hans Smith, Sam Wang, Sam Khorshid, Strilen Liu, Mojin-The Lost Legend
Best Art Direction: Chao Shih Hao, Godspeed
Best Makeup & Costume Design: Stanley Cheung, Detective Chinatown
Best Action Choreography: Wu Gang, Detective Chinatown
Best Original Film Score: Lim Giong, City of Jade
Best Original Film Song: Arena Cahaya, Lyric : Zee Avi, Rendra Zawawi; Composer : Zee Avi, Rendra Zawawi; Performer : Zee Avi ( OlaBola)
Best Film Editing: Allen Leung Chin-lun, David Richardson, Triviṣa
Best Sound Effects: Fang Tao, Hah Zhiyu, Crosscurrent
Audience Choice Award: I Am Not Madame Bovary
FIPRESCI Prize: The Summer is Gone
Lifetime Achievement Award: Chang Yung-hsiang