The 58th Golden Horse Awards took place on Saturday. All through the night, film industry members came together to celebrate Chinese cinema. However, the ceremony was bittersweet, as it signaled the end of Oscar-winning director Ang Lee’s tenure as the awards’ chairperson.
Saturday night was all ritz and glam in Taipei City. It was the 58th Golden Horse Awards Ceremony, one of the most prestigious celebrations of Chinese language cinema. Present were industry veterans and newcomers alike.
It was a big night of breakthrough for the winners.
Chang Chen, who won Best Actor on Saturday, had been nominated three times for the award prior to his big triumph. Alyssa Chia won Best Actress in her very first Golden Horse Award nomination.
The big winner of the night was the movie “The Falls.” Including Chia’s win, that movie took home a total of four awards: Best Actress, Best Original Screenplay, Best Original Film Score, and Best Narrative Feature.
This year’s Golden Horse Awards also marked the end of Oscar-winning director Ang Lee’s tenure as the awards ceremony’s chair. Lee had served as Golden Horse Awards Chair since February 2018. Under the organization’s rules, each chair serves for two years, and can be extended once, meaning Lee served out a maximum term.
At his farewell, Lee said it was his pleasure to be of service. He said no matter what he does, he will always care about the Golden Horse Awards. Lee said that he has accomplished much in his four-year term, and that the organization will always be a part of him.
Taking Ang Lee’s place is Mark Lee, an award-winning cinematographer.