Some of the winners of Taiwan’s Golden Horse Awards, the "Chinese Oscars," if you will:
Best Picture: "Kung Fu Hustle"
Best Director: Stephen Chow ("Kung Fu Hustle")
Audience Choice Award: "Saving Face"
Best Supporting Actress: Yuen Qiu ("Kung Fu Hustle")
Best Documentary: "Jump! Boys"
Goddamn, we love "Kung Fu Hustle." Someday we’ll write an essay on Stephen Chow’s recent films as presenting a spirit of cultural reclamation in the face of an increasingly globalized, free market China…or maybe we’ll just talk about how we’re going to write an essay. "Initial D" is a big-budget Hong Kong live-action adaptation of a popular anime series that stars hugely popular Taiwanese pop star Jay Chou, who was named Best New Performer.
At The Age, Garry Maddox reports that "Look Both Ways" (which was presented with the Discovery Award at Toronto) was the big winner at the Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards, picking up best film, director, screenplay, editing and actor (William McInnes). Later in the month, the Australian Film Awards, the "Australian Oscars," if you will.
We and our colleagues here at IFC News, much to our display, have had to turn our thoughts to awards, so tomorrow we’ll publish our combined extremely early and thus fairly useless thoughts on the Academy Awards, the "Oscars," if you will.
indieWIRE‘s hard-working Eugene Hernandez reports on further news from the upcoming Gotham Awards: "Mad Hot Ballroom" will get a special and mysterious Celebrate New York prize, while five nominees for the Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You prize have been selected by the editors of Filmmaker magazine. Descriptions of the films over at the Filmmaker blog. Also at indieWIRE, Brian Brooks sends a dispatch from the AFI Fest, which has just finished up. Norway’s "Kissed by Winter" won the grand jury prize, while the Canadian "C.R.A.Z.Y." and South Africa’s "Tsotsi" share the audience award.
+ The Winner of 42nd Golden Horse Awards (Official site)
+ Film critics have it ‘Both Ways’ (The Age)
+ People’s Choice Awards Nominations (Movie City News)
+ "Mad Hot Ballroom" Selected for Gotham Prize; Undistributed Film Nominees Unveiled (indieWIRE)
+ ATTRACTIONS FROM FAR AWAY (Filmmaker Blog)
+ "Kissed By Winter" "Refugee All Stars" "Tsotsi" and "C.R.A.Z.Y." Honored as AFI Fest Concludes (indieWIRE)