We present the list of winners of the 57th Golden Horse Awards, which took place on November 21st, during the Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival.
About the Awards:
The Golden Horse Awards are among the most prestigious and time-honored film awards in the world of Chinese language cinema. Established in 1962, the awards have given recognition to numerous excellent filmmakers working in Chinese-language cinema.
The nominations and results of 23 awards are decided by a group of jurors consisting of film professionals; their deliberations take place after they view every single film. Apart from the official awards, there is also an Audience Choice Award and a FIPRESCI Award. The Lifetime Achievement Award and Special Contribution Award are recommended by film societies and decided by the Executive Committee of the Festival.
Best Narrative Feature
Hsiao-chi does everything so quickly that she’s always one step ahead of others. She works in the post office and a bus driver comes to post a letter every day. Hsiao-chi is turning thirty soon and longs for love. Finally, on the eve of Valentine’s Day, a hot guy asks her out. But to her astonishment, she wakes up the next morning and finds that the Valentine’s Day has mysteriously passed….
Lost Course chronicles a grassroots democratic movement in the southern Chinese village of Wukan. The villagers protest against the corrupt local officials before ousting them and organising elections of their own. However, after taking control of their destiny, the villagers find themselves beset by the same corruption and cynicism endemic. Following three main characters, Li reveals the complexities of their struggles, triumphs and setbacks from the inside.
Best Animated Feature
16-year-old teenager Leaf runs away from home, skipping classes and ending up in a peculiar place called City of Lost Things. There he meets Baggy, a 30-year-old plastic bag. Baggy never sees himself as just another piece of junk. He has a purpose in his life – to lead his tribe to flee City of Lost Things. But he needs the help from Leaf to fight the dreadful army of the Armors.
Best Live Action Short Film
Since June 2019, Hong Kong has turned a new page. Political violence, protest and police brutality filled the city. This film is about what a taxi driver has experienced in a night amid the social unrest.
Best Animated Short Film
Under a moonlit sky, a bus speeds along the coast when a panicky scream shatters the silence – a necklace is stolen. Then it is followed by a fatal accident as the plot unfolds with love, hatred and vengeance.
Best Leading Actress
On Shoying’s 70th birthday, she learns that her long-lost husband Bochang has died. The worse is that there is another woman Tsai, who stayed by Bochang till his last breath. A merry reunion turns into a wake, an unfortunately perfect time for the family to face their complicated mother-daughter relationships. Shoying decides to find out who Tsai is. Will Shoying get the closure she has longed for all her life?
Best Leading Actor
For the past five years, Lin has been looking after his elderly landlady, Mrs. Chou and her grandson since it’s his way of remembering someone. When Mrs. Chou passes away, her son Li-gang returns from overseas and discovers that Mrs. Chou’s property is passed on to her grandson, who has been adopted by Lin. Li-gang accuses Lin of killing his mother. As the investigation continues, more and more evidence mounts against Lin….
Best Supporting Actress
Best Supporting Actor
This is a story about four high school classmates. The storylines are intertwined with one another. Here are a middle-aged director who is frustrated with his undiscovered talents, a hard-working white-collar worker who is depressed about his lack of achievement, an idle part-timer at the Household Registration Office who is hesitant about love and a paper offering maker who is able to communicate with the dead.
Best New Director
Cheong, a Chinese man, falls sick after a row with his neighbour. His wife Yan is desperately looking for a remedy to cure her husband. Throughout the journey, Yan endures strange encounters and unearthly experiences. Finally, Yan is convinced that she should seek help from the village shaman. Mysteries, legends and shamanism surround Yan with unknowns yet to be solved.
Best New Performer
Deaf teenager Chang Cheng transfers to a school for children with special needs. However, the world of the hearing-impaired doesn’t seem quiet at all. When Chang witnesses the “game” taking place on the school bus, his excitement about blending into a new environment turns into fear. Chang debates with himself on whether he should reveal the cruel truth about the game or join in.
Best Original Screenplay
Best Adapted Screenplay
Lok is a recovering schizophrenic who yearns for love. One day, he encounters the young and beautiful Yan-yan and quickly falls in love with her. Just when he hesitates over whether he should tell her about his illness, he has a relapse and becomes delusional. Little does he know that she is a counselling psychologist who has a hidden agenda. The pair develop a relationship beyond their wildest dreams.
In 1987, Taiwan is liberated from martial law. Two students, Jia-han and Birdy, meet each other in a woodwind instrument club at a Catholic high school. They share many secrets and develop a relationship beyond friendship. This is a story about the first love of two boys in a conservative era; a burgeoning romance that could only be concealed, never to be shared or accepted.
Best Visual Effects
Best Art Director
Best Makeup & Costume Design
Number 1 is a music comedy that follows the story of a redundant white-collar worker. After many failed interviews, Chee-beng finally manages to secure a job as an assistant general manager at Number 1, a drag club. Chee-beng is forced to stand in as a cross dresser and surprisingly, he turns out to be so good that he eventually becomes the biggest star on the drag scene.
Best Action Choreography
Wang You-wei works as a substitute civilian serviceman at the Legislative Yuan. By social standards, he is a total loser. One day, he gets involved in an incident, which costs Legislator Hsiung Ying-ying her job. Hsiung then asks Wang to replace her in the next legislative session, and she will be his assistant. Therefore, a loser becomes a new member of the Legislative Yuan.
Best Original Film Score
Best Film Editing
Best Sound Effects
Audience Choice Award
Best Original Film Song
Your Name Engraved Herein
Outstanding Taiwanese Filmmaker of the Year
Lifetime Achievement Award