Chen Kaige (left), director of Forever Enthralled and Feng Xiaogang, director of The Assembly, share the best director award at the 13th Huabiao Award Ceremony in Beijing on August 29 (SINA.COM)
More than 100 Chinese celebrities, including almost all the A-listers from the country's film industry, attended the 13th Huabiao Awards, China's only official film awards, in Beijing on August 29.
Most of the important awards were shared by multiple winners. Chen Kaige, director of Forever Enthralled and Feng Xiaogang, director of The Assembly, won the best director award. Zhang Hanyu (The Assembly) and Guo Jinglin (Yuan Longping) won the best actor award, while the best actress award went to Zhang Ziyi (Forever Enthralled) and Fan Zhibo (Emergency).
This year for the first time, awards were given to Chinese filmmakers based outside the mainland. Director John Woo was honored as the best overseas-based Chinese director for the war epic Red Cliff. Donnie Yen and Shu Qi received the best overseas-based Chinese actor and actress awards, respectively.
Launched in 1957, the Huabiao Film Awards has been held biannually since 2005.
(CRIENGLISH.com August 30, 2009)