GF*BF and MYSTERY Top Taiwan's Golden Horse Awards Nominations

James Marsh, Asian Editor

Awards season has begun in Asia, with the nominees for the 49th Golden Horse Awards announced in Taipei this evening. Leading the pack is Yang Ya Che's period coming-of-age tale, Gf * Bf, and Lou Ye's Mystery, which both garnered seven nominations, and Doze Niu's Love with five. There was also a strong showing of Hong Kong talent, with Johnnie To's Life Without Principle being named in six categories and Pang Ho Cheung's Vulgaria bagging three noms. Also, kudos to Chapman To, who is nominated in both the Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor categories, for Vulgaria and Heiward Mak's Diva respectively. 

The 49th Golden Horse Awards will be presented on Saturday, 24 November 2012.

Here's the full list of nominees:

Best Feature Film

Beijing Blues
Mystery
Life Without Principle
Gf * Bf
The Bullet Vanishes

Best Short Film

6th March
The Home Gleaners
The Present
My Graduation Travel

Best Documentary

Hand in Hand
Voyage in Time
China Heavyweight
Money and Honey

Best Animation Feature 

(No nominees)

Best Director

Gao Qun Shu - Beijing Blues
Lou Ye - Mystery
Johnnie To - Life Without Principle
Yang Ya Che - Gf * Bf
Doze Niu - Love

Best New Director

Yang Yi Chien, Jim Wang - Cha Cha for Twins
Fung Kai - Din Tao: Leader of the Parade
Hero Lin - Silent Code
Tsai Yueh Hsun - Black & White: The Dawn of Assault
Chang Jung Chi - Touch of the Light

Best Leading Actor

Nick Cheung - Nightfall
Lau Ching Wan - Life Without Principle
Joseph Chang - Gf * Bf
Chapman To - Vulgaria
Nicholas Tse - The Viral Factor

Best Leading Actress

Bai Baihe - Love Is Not Blind
Hao Lei - Mystery
Denise Ho - Life Without Principle
Gwei Lun Mei - Gf * Bf
Sandrine Pinna - Touch of the Light

Best Supporting Actor

Wu Gang - White Deer Plain
Chang Shu Hao - Gf * Bf
Ronald Cheng - Vulgaria
Zhuang Kai Xun - Stilt
Chapman To - Diva

Best Supporting Actress

Dada Chan - Vulgaria
Amber Kuo - Love
Ivy Chen Yi Han - Love
Liang Jing - Design of Death
Fan Hsiao Shuan - The Silent War

Best New Performer

Peijia Huang - Cha Cha for Twins
Guo Chun Mei - Flying Dragon, Dancing Phoenix
Zhang Zixuan - Love Is Not Blind
Qi Xi - Mystery
Eric Lin Hui Min - Starry Starry Night

Best Original Screenplay

Yang Yi Chien - Cha Cha for Twins
Dai Yan, Gao Qun Shu - Beijing Blues
Mei Feng, Yu Fan, Lou Ye - Mystery
Milkyway Creative Team, Au Kin Yee, Wong King Fai - Life Without Principle
Yang Ya Che - Gf * Bf

Best Adapted Screenplay

Wang QuanAn - White Deer Plain
Bao Jingjing - Love Is Not Blind
Xu Haofeng - Arrow Arbitration
Tom Lin Shu Yu - Starry Starry Night
Guan Hu - Design of Death

Best Cinematography 

Lutz Reitemeier - White Deer Plain
Cao Dun - Love Is Not Blind
Wu Di - Beijing Blues
Jake Pollock - Gf * Bf
Song Xiao Fei - Design of Death

Best Visual Effects

Kent Chen, Horn Hsu - Cha Cha for Twins
Xiao Yang, Chang Song, A Law, LI Ming Hsung, LI Jin Hui - Starry Starry Night
Wook Kim, Frankie Chung, Josh Cole - Flying Swords of Dragon Gate
Frankie Chung - Black & White: The Dawn of Assault
Koan Hui, Chang Hongsong - Painted Skin: The Resurrection

Best Art Direction

Huo Ting Xiao - White Deer Plain
Penny Tsai - Starry Starry Night
Yee Chung Man, Lau Man Hung - Flying Swords of Dragon Gate
Lin Mu - Design of Death
Man Lim Chung - The Silent War

Best Makeup & Costume Design

Fang Chi Luen, Li-Wen Hsu - Love
Stanley Cheung - The Bullet Vanishes
Lin Mu - Design of Death
Tim Yip - Tai Chi 0
Man Lim Chung - The Silent War

Best Action Choreography

Xu Haofeng - Arrow Arbitration
Chin Ka Lok - Motorway
Yuen Bun, Lan Hai Han, Sun Jian Kui - Flying Swords of Dragon Gate
Cyril Raffaelli, Lee Chung Chi - Black & White: The Dawn of Assault
Sammo Hung - Tai Chi 0

Best Original Film Score

Ding Wei, Lin Zhaoyang - Love Is Not Blind
Peyman Yazdanian, Johann Johannsson - Mystery
An Wei, Wang fan - Arrow Arbitration
Chen Chien Chi - Love
Teddy Robin, Tomy Wai - The Bullet Vanishes

Best Original Film Song

"She & Me" from Cha Cha for Twins - Lyrics: Ciacia Her, Composer: Ciacia Her, Performer: Ciacia Her
"DoReMi" from Romancing in Thin Air - Lyrics: Lin Xi, Composer: Lo Tayu, Performer: Sammi Cheng
"Din Tao" from Din Tao: Leader of the Parade - Lyrics: Lui Wei Ren, Composer: Lui Wei Ren, Performer: Alan Kuo

Best Film Editing 

Chen Po-Wen - Money and Honey
Cheung Ka Fai - Nightfall
Yang Hongyu - Beijing Blues
Simon Jacquet - Mystery
David Richardson - Life Without Principle

Best Sound Effects 

Kinson Tsang, Lai Chi Hung - Nightfall
Phyllis Cheng - The Bullet Vanishes
Dong Xu - Design of Death
Frank Cheng - Black & White: The Dawn of Assault
Traithep Wongpaiboon, Nopawat Likitwong - The Silent War

Outstanding Taiwanese Filmmaker of the Year 

Chen Po-Wen
Liao Su Jen
Jimmy Huang
Huang Yu-Siang

Lifetime Achievement Award 

Shih Chun

Around the Internet:
  • Adam Caynre

    Just watched GF*BF, the characters and relationships were well developed and story was quite beautiful.

  • mightyjoeyoung

    "Awards season has begun in Asia, with the nominees for the 49th Golden Horse Awards announced in Taipei this evening."
    Filled with interesting films, thanks for the list Mr Marsh.

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