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Golden Horse Awards Have Grown Bigger Than Taiwan

Newspaper article China Post

Golden Horse Awards Have Grown Bigger Than Taiwan

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The Golden Horse Awards last Saturday celebrated its 50th birthday at Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall in Taipei. Over a hundred internationally renowned directors, actors, actresses, and filmmakers from Taiwan, mainland China, Hong Kong, Singapore, and other countries walked down the red carpet and together marked a historic moment.

Audiences, perhaps, are still caught up in reminiscing about the last 50 years of Chinese-language film history, but achievements made by the Taiwan-based Golden Horse Awards on its 50th birthday have solidified its importance in the Chinese-speaking world.

To some netizens, however, it may be a surprise that on its 50th birthday, instead of giving the top award for best feature film to a Taiwanese-produced film, the Golden Horse Awards chose to hand it to the Singaporean low-budget film "Ilo Ilo ([...])," which features a story based around a family, depicting the relationships between a foreign worker and her employer's child.

A film need not be American to win an Oscar, and need not be French to get the Palme d'Or, so surely it is not a must that a Taiwan-based film production win the Golden Horse Awards.

When Singaporean Anthony Chen ([...]) went on the stage and received his trophy from Oscar-winning director Ang Lee ([...]), he said that he could not believe the film won the award, commenting that "I finally got a chance to hold Lee's hand."

"This film is made in a small country, it is a small-scale production, and yet that an international film awards would give such an honor to us makes me greatly appreciative to the Golden Horse Awards," Chen said.

Tsai Ming-liang ([...]), a Taiwan-based Malaysian director, shared the spotlight in the 50th anniversary ceremony by winning his second Golden Horse best director award for his film "Stray Dogs." The moment when Taiwanese actress Yang Kuei-mei ([...]), who often stars in Tsai's films, announced the news on stage, Tsai burst out in tears.

Tsai wiped away his tears on stage, and said he really has mixed feelings on the Golden Horse Film Awards, stating that "we have a complicated history, I don't like the Golden Horse Awards, and it doesn't like me either . …

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