The 47th Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival and Awards announced its nominations earlier today. The big surprise was “When Love Comes (當愛來的時候)” which doesn’t go into wide release (in Taiwan) until the end of October. It garnered 14 nominations including Best Film and Best Director. Coming in second was the big-budget Hong Kong co-production “Bodyguards and Assassins (十月圍城)” with 9 nominations. Lead actor Wang Xue Qi (王学圻) will be the favorite to win Best Actor again for his critically acclaimed performance.
This year’s smash hit “Monga (艋舺)” only received one major nomination courtesy of Ethan Ruan. He will be facing off with Wang Xue Qi, Ni Da Hong (倪大红) and Qin Hao (秦昊) in the Best Actor category. Ethan Ruan’s buddy Mark Chao won’t be adding a Golden Horse to his collection -- He apparently missed out on a Best Newcomer nod by one vote. Meanwhile, director Dose Niu (鈕承澤) and producer Lee Lieh (李烈) were nominated for Outstanding Taiwanese Filmmaker of the Year.
Other surprises included snubs for “Au Revoir Taipei (一頁台北)”, as well as Donnie Yen and Jet Li in the acting categories. Hong Kong actor Eric Tsang should be very proud to hear that his son Derek Tsang (曾國祥) was nominated for Best New Director. He co-directed Lover’s Discourse (戀人絮語) with fellow nominee Jimmy Wan (尹志文). Leehom Wang wasn’t nominated in this category which didn’t come as a surprise. Nevertheless his song “All the Things You Never Knew (你不知道的事)” did receive a nod for Best Original Film Song.