On October 4, the annual Golden Horse Awards nominations were released, and the Taiwanese film Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale, directed by Wei Te-Sheng (director of Cape No. 7), took the lead with 11 nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor and Best Newcomer. Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale is divided into two parts -- Part One was released on September 9, and Part 2 was released on September 30 -- and the film has continuously topped the Taiwan's box office for the last three weeks.
With nine nominations, veteran director Jiang Wen's Let the Bullets Fly scored nods for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress. China's The Piano in a Factory and Hong Kong's A Simple Life followed with seven and six nominations respectively.
The 2011 Venice Film Festival Best Actress winner, Deanie Ip, has been nominated for Best Actress again for the same film, A Simple Life, along with Chinese actress Qin Hailu for her work on The Piano in a Factory. Taiwanese actress Shu Qi has earned her sixth nomination for A Beautiful Life, and Taiwanese newcomer Michelle Chen was rewarded for her work in You are the Apple of My Eye.
The Best Actor nominations include Hong Kong actor/pop star Andy Lau for A Simple Life, China veteran actor Ge You for Let the Bullets Fly, Taiwan's Eddie Peng in Jump! Ashin, and Chinese actor Wang Qianyuan for The Piano in a Factory.
The Taiwan Golden Horse Awards is one of the most important and closely-watched film events in Asia. The 48th Golden Horse Awards will be held on November 26, 2011.
For the full list of nominees in Chinese, go to the Golden Horse Award's official website.
Below are the trailers for the five Best Picture nominees, Seediq Bale, Let the Bullets Fly, A Simple Life, Return Ticket, and The Piano in a Factory: