List of Winners. 36th Golden Rooster Awards, China's Most Prestigious Film Awards

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The Golden Rooster Award, China's equivalent to Hollywood's Oscar Awards, is the most prestigious award-giving body for film excellence in China. It's one of the three major film awards in mainland China, alongside the Hundred Flowers Awards and the Huabiao Awards.

Launched in 1981, the Golden Rooster Award is a national event in China sponsored by the China Federation of Literary and Art Circles and the China Film Association. It was originally an award recognizing mainland China's films and talents only but starting in 2005, it included talents from Hongkong and Taiwan.

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Tony Leung won Best Actor for Hidden Blade (2023)

Since its inception in 1981, only one performer in the 1990s generation won the award - Zhou Dongyu as Best Actress in 2020 for her critical performance in Better Days. This film was also shortlisted at the Oscar Awards in 2020 for Best International Film but represented Hongkong and not China.

Wang Yibo became the only one among China's biggest liuliang stars - Yang Mi, Zhao Liying, Dilraba Dilmurat, Xiao Zhan, and Yang Yang - who ever got a nomination at the Golden Rooster Awards. He was nominated in the Best Supporting Actor category for his role in Hidden Blade.

Real-life couple, Carina Lau and Tony Leung from Hong Kong, Each of them now has Golden Rooster honors
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Carina Lau, Tony Leung, and Wang Yibo who got his first acting nomination in Golden Rooster Awards

The first winner outside mainland China in the acting category was Jacky Chan from Hong Kong in 2005 for his portrayal in New Police Story, followed by Carina Lau, also from Hong Kong, for her role in Curiosity Kills the Cat. The third winner from outside mainland China is Carina Lau's husband, Tony Leung (Hong Kong), this year's Best Actor winner for his role in Hidden Blade

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Tony Leung and Wang Yibo in Hidden Blade

The films with the most nominations at the 36th Golden Rooster Awards are the fantasy epic, Creation of the Gods I: Kingdom of Storms, with nine nominations, winning three (Best Film, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Cinematography), and Hidden Blade, a Republican era thriller starring Tony Leung and Wang Yibo, with eight nominations, winning three (Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Editing).

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Best Film winner, Creation of the Gods I: Kingdom of Storms

Creation of the Gods I: Kingdom of Storms is the first installment of a trilogy based on the household Chinese fantasy novel, "Investiture of the Gods," which features mythological stories taking place in ancient China's Shang Dynasty (1600-1046 B.C.) and Western Zhou Dynasty (1046-771 B.C.).

winners 36th Golden Rooster Awards
Tony Leung wins Best Actor for Hidden Blade

Tony Leung Chiu-Wai from Hong Kong won the Best Actor for his performance in "Hidden Blade," a drama set in a turbulent Shanghai during the War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression (1931-1945). The Wandering Earth 2, China's entry to the 96th Academy Awards for Best International Film won the Special Jury Prize.

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The Wandering Earth 2

The 36th Golden Rooster Award was held on November 4, 2023, in the Chinese city of Xiamen in the Fujian province. Here's the list of winners:

  • Best Feature Film: Creation of the Gods I: Kingdom of Storm
  • Best Low Budget Film: Back to Tibet
  • Best Children's Film: Like Father and Son
  • Best Foreign Film: Notre Dame on Fire (France/Italy)
  • Best Drama Film: The Story of Handan
  • Best Documentary Film: Snow Leopards and Friends
  • Best Art/Animation Film: Chang'an
  • Special Jury Prize: The Wandering Earth 2
  • Best Director: Cheng Er (Hidden Blade)
  • Best Directorial Debut: Lou Xiaoshi (Born to Fly)
  • Best Actor: Tony Leung (Hidden Blade)
  • Best Actress: He Saifei (Off The Stage)
  • Best Supporting Actor: Liu Xuejian (Creation of the Gods I: Kingdom of Storm)
  • Best Supporting Actress - Huang Miyi (Ripples of Life)
  • Best Screenplay: Kong Dashan, Wang Yitong (Universe Exploration Editorial Department)
  • Best Cinematography: Wang Yu in (Creation of the Gods I: Kingdom of Storm)
  • Best Recording: Wang Danrong, Zhu Yanfeng (The Wandering Earth 2)
  • Best Art: Li Miao in (Home Coming)
  • Best Music: Lao Zai (Path Finder)
  • Best Editing: Cheng Er (Hidden Blade) 
Congratulations to all the winners! 

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