At the prestigious 51st Golden Horse Awards ceremony held in Taipei last Saturday (Nov 22), Taiwanese actress Chen Shiang-chyi beat Chinese actress Gong Li to bag her first Best Actress award of the ceremony after two previous nominations.
It was Gong Li’s first nomination in the award ceremony but despite her stellar performance in movie Coming Home by Zhang Yi Mou, 44-year-old Shiang-chyi won with her role in Taiwanese movie Exit.
In her emotional acceptance speech, she said, “After so many years of practicing, I finally sowed the results today.”
While Gong Li was seen clapping for her, another nominee, Tang Wei, was visibly disappointed.
On the other hand, the biggest winner of the night was Chinese actor Chen Jian Bin who snagged three awards. The first-time director took home the Best New Director with his film, A Fool. The 44-year-old, who was also the male lead of the movie, beat hot-favourite thespian Liao Fan to win the Best Actor Award.
Also bagging the Best Supporting Actor award with his role in Paradise in Service, Jian Bin thanked everyone for their support, especially his seven-year-old son. “Today is a very special day, I will remember it well,” he said, before kissing his actress wife Angel Jiang, who was in tears of joy.
When asked how the couple plans to celebrate the wins, Angel quipped, “I have already given him a son,” but revealed bashfully thereafter that she “may consider” bearing him another child.
Additionally, the Best Director award went to Ann Hui for The Golden Era and Regina Wan won the Best Supporting Actress award with Paradise in Service.