Mark Lee is now a Golden Horse Award-nominated actor.
The 51-year-old veteran TV host and actor picked up a Best Leading Actor nod for Number 1, a dramedy about a retrenched executive working as a drag queen.
Nominations for the 57th Golden Horse Awards — dubbed the Chinese Oscars — were announced on Wednesday (Sept 30) in a live-streamed ceremony. The awards ceremony will be presented at the National Dr Sun Yet-sen Memorial Hall in Taipei on Nov 21.
Lee’s up against Liu Kuan-ting in My Missing Valentine — the rom-com with the most nominations of 11 — Austin Lin in I WeirDo, Mo Tzu-yi in Dear Tenant, and Lam Ka-tung in Hand Rolled Cigarette.
Elsewhere, Precious is the Night, a Taiwan-Singapore production, is up for Best Cinematography and Best Makeup & Costume Design. The movie stars model-photographer Chuando Tan, Tay Ping Hui, Xiang Yun and her daughter Chen Yixin.
The 1960s-set erotic thriller is directed by Wayne Peng, a Taiwanese documentarian/music promo auteur, and produced by Peng’s Singaporean wife Lim Sau Hoong, a veteran ad executive whose credits include Guinness’ ‘Word of Wisdom’ campaign featuring George Lam.
Number 1 and Precious is the Night have yet to be released in cinemas here.
Last year, Yeo Yann Yann won Best Actress in Anthony Chen's coming-of-age drama Wet Season while Yeo Siew Hua’s surreal missing-person thriller A Land Imagined won Best Original Screenplay and Best Original Film Score.
For a complete list of this year’s Golden Horse Award nominations, click here.
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