China’s Huabiao Awards Aims to Outshine Golden Horse

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The Chinese government is going all out to steal the thunder from the Golden Horse Awards, seen as Chinese cinema’s Oscars and which is held in Taiwan.

Over the weekend, the Huabiao Awards, which honors the best in China’s film industry, was held in Beijing, with a big turnout of A-listers including actor Jackie Chan, director Zhang Yimou, and actress Zhang Ziyi.

When Beijing ordered mainland Chinese attendees to boycott the after-parties following pro-Taiwanese independence remarks on stage at the recent Golden Horse Awards in Taipei, they complied.

At the government-run Huabiao Awards, Dante Lam won Best Director for his patriotic thriller Operation Red Sea, while Wu Jing, director, and star of the nationalistic Wolf Warrior 2, was named best actor.

Jin Chen won best actress for her role in Hold Your Hands, a drama based on the true story of a village visited by Chinese President Xi Jinping, who wanted to eradicate poverty.

 

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