Taiwan's The Best Of Times, directed by Chang Tso-chi, was awarded best feature at the 39th Golden Horse Awards - Taiwan's equivalent of the Oscars - on Saturday night (Nov 16), while Hong Kong director Fruit Chan picked up the best director prize for Hollywood Hong Kong.

Chan's black comedy, which had the greatest number of nominations with a record 14 nods, also won awards for make-up/costume design and sound effects.

The Best Of Times, which had the second largest number of nominations with nine nods, also picked up the award for best Taiwanese film and the audience award.

As expected, Hong Kong films swept most other categories. Ann Hui's July Rhapsody repeated its Hong Kong Film Awards success by winning prizes for best supporting actress and best new performer - both of which went to Karena Lam - and best original screenplay for Ivy Ho.

Going Home - the Peter Chan-directed segment of horror title Three - won the best actor award for Leon Lai's performance and best cinematography for Christopher Doyle. The Eye, directed by Danny and Oxide Pang, won the best actress award for Lee Sin-Je and best visual effects.

Action title Running Out Of Time 2, directed by Johnnie To, also won two prizes - for action choreography and editing. Best supporting actor went to Anthony Hong for Sylvia Chang's Princess D.


Best Feature Film
The Best Of Times (Dir: Chang Tso-chi)

Best Director
Fruit Chan (Hollywood Hong Kong)

Best Actor
Leon Lai (Three - Going Home)

Best Actress
Lee Sin-Je (The Eye)

Best Supporting Actor
Anthony Hong (Princess D)

Best Supporting Actress
Karena Lam (July Rhapsody)

Best New Performer
Karena Lam (July Rhapsody)

Best Original Screenplay
Ivy Ho (July Rhapsody)

Best Cinematography
Christopher Doyle (Three - Going Home)

Best Visual Effects
Centro Digital Pictures (The Eye)

Best Art Direction
Huang Mao-Sen (Drop Me A Cat)

Best Make up & Costume Design
Jessie Dai (Hollywood Hong Kong)

Best Action Choreography
Bruce Mang (Running Out Of Time 2)

Best Original Film Score
Bulan Yukan (Somewhere Over The Dreamland)

Best Original Film Song
Raincoat (Love At 7-11)
Lyrics/Composer/Performance by Huang Pin-yuan

Best Film Editing
Law Wing-Cheong, Yau Chi-Wai (Running Out Of Time 2)

Best Sound Effects
Cuson Liu (Hollywood Hong Kong)

Best Documentary
How High Is The Mountain Spring:The Story Of Hsu Chin-Yu

Best Short Film

Best Animation
My Life As McDull

Audience Choice Award
The Best Of Times

Lifetime Achievement Award
Lung Sihung

Best Taiwanese Film of the Year
The Best Of Times

Best Taiwanese Filmmaker of the Year
Liao Ching-Sung