'My Missing Valentine' wins big at Golden Horse Awards

Taiwanese actress Chen Shu-fang holds her awards for Best Leading Actress and Best Supporting Actress at the 57th Golden Horse Awards in Taipei, Taiwan, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Chen won for the film "Dear Tenant" at this year's Golden Horse Awards - one of the Chinese-language film industry's biggest annual events. (AP Photo/Billy Dai)
Taiwanese actress Chen Shu-fang holds her awards for Best Leading Actress and Best Supporting Actress at the 57th Golden Horse Awards in Taipei, Taiwan, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Chen won for the film "Dear Tenant" at this year's Golden Horse Awards - one of the Chinese-language film industry's biggest annual events. (AP Photo/Billy Dai)

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The Taiwanese film “My Missing Valentine” has won big at the annual Golden Horse Awards, taking five honors, including best feature film

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — The Taiwanese film “My Missing Valentine” won big Saturday night at the annual Golden Horse Awards, taking five honors, including best feature film.

The romantic comedy, which tells the love story of a bus driver and a post office worker, also won for best director, best visual effects, best film editing and best original screenplay.

Overall, Taiwanese talent enjoyed a big night at the Golden Horse Awards, considered Asia's equivalent of the Academy Awards for Chinese-language films.

Taiwanese performers took home honors for best actor and best actress. Mo Tzu-yi won best actor for his role in “Dear Tenant," while Chen Shu-fang won best actress for "Little Big Women."

Malaysia's Chong Keat-aun won the award for best new director for “The Story of Southern Islet.” Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-hsien won the lifetime achievement award.

Even as the coronavirus pandemic has shut cinemas around the globe, actors, directors and others managed to walk the red carpet ahead of the ceremony in Taipei, Taiwan's capital. Taiwan has recorded only 611 cases of the coronavirus and just seven deaths.

“It is not easy. Look at what is happened around the world," said director Ang Lee, the chairman of the competition. "I have just come back from New York. Theaters are closed over there. I am deeply touched that Taiwan’s box office revenue still keeps growing.”

For the second straight year, mainland Chinese talent did not participate in the competition, with Beijing banning its artists from participating amid tensions between China and Taiwan. Taiwan split off from the mainland after the 1949 civil war, but China still claims the island as part of its territory.

Those tensions have played out at the Golden Horse Awards. In 2018, documentary director Fu Yue called on the world to recognize Taiwan as an independent country in an acceptance speech at the awards ceremony, something only a handful of nations currently do.

In response, Chinese participants refused to appear onstage, made pointed remarks about Taiwan and China being members of the same family, and then declined to attend the banquet reception following the show.

China holds its own film awards, called the Golden Rooster, which are subject to government ideological constraints and censorship.

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Associated Press videojournalist Johnson Lai contributed to this report.

Taiwanese director Chen Yu-hsun holds his awards for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay at the 57th Golden Horse Awards in Taipei, Taiwan, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Chen won for the film "My Missing Valentine" at this year's Golden Horse Awards - one of the Chinese-language film industry's biggest annual events. (AP Photo/Billy Dai)
Taiwanese director Chen Yu-hsun holds his awards for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay at the 57th Golden Horse Awards in Taipei, Taiwan, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Chen won for the film "My Missing Valentine" at this year's Golden Horse Awards - one of the Chinese-language film industry's biggest annual events. (AP Photo/Billy Dai)

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Taiwanese actor Nadow Lin holds his award for Best Supporting Actor at the 57th Golden Horse Awards in Taipei, Taiwan, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Lin won for the film "Classmates Minus" at this year's Golden Horse Awards. (AP Photo/Billy Dai)
Taiwanese actor Nadow Lin holds his award for Best Supporting Actor at the 57th Golden Horse Awards in Taipei, Taiwan, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Lin won for the film "Classmates Minus" at this year's Golden Horse Awards. (AP Photo/Billy Dai)

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Taiwanese actress Chen Shu-fang holds her award for Best Supporting Actress at the 57th Golden Horse Awards in Taipei, Taiwan, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Chen won for the film "Dear Tenant" at this year's Golden Horse Awards -the Chinese-language film industry'sbiggest annual events. (AP Photo/Billy Dai)
Taiwanese actress Chen Shu-fang holds her award for Best Supporting Actress at the 57th Golden Horse Awards in Taipei, Taiwan, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Chen won for the film "Dear Tenant" at this year's Golden Horse Awards -the Chinese-language film industry'sbiggest annual events. (AP Photo/Billy Dai)

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Taiwanese actor Liu Kuan-ting arrives at the 57th Golden Horse Awards in Taipei, Taiwan, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Liu is nominated for Best Leadting Actor for the film "My Missing Valentine" at this year's Golden Horse Awards. (AP Photo/ Billy Dai)
Taiwanese actor Liu Kuan-ting arrives at the 57th Golden Horse Awards in Taipei, Taiwan, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Liu is nominated for Best Leadting Actor for the film "My Missing Valentine" at this year's Golden Horse Awards. (AP Photo/ Billy Dai)

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Taiwanese director Ang Lee arrives at the 57th Golden Horse Awards in Taipei, Taiwan, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Lee is a guest at this year's Golden Horse Awards -one of the Chinese-language film industry's biggest annual events. (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)
Taiwanese director Ang Lee arrives at the 57th Golden Horse Awards in Taipei, Taiwan, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Lee is a guest at this year's Golden Horse Awards -one of the Chinese-language film industry's biggest annual events. (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)

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Chinese-American actress Bai Ling poses with her slogan "Love, Peace" at the 57th Golden Horse Awards in Taipei, Taiwan, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Bai is nominated for Best Leading Actress for the film "The Abortionist" at this year's Golden Horse Awards -one of the Chinese-language film industry's biggest annual events. (AP Photo/Billy Dai)
Chinese-American actress Bai Ling poses with her slogan "Love, Peace" at the 57th Golden Horse Awards in Taipei, Taiwan, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Bai is nominated for Best Leading Actress for the film "The Abortionist" at this year's Golden Horse Awards -one of the Chinese-language film industry's biggest annual events. (AP Photo/Billy Dai)

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Taiwanese actor Nadow Lin holds his award for Best Supporting Actor at the 57th Golden Horse Awards in Taipei, Taiwan, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Lin won for the film "Classmates Minus" at this year's Golden Horse Awards. (AP Photo/Billy Dai)
Taiwanese actor Nadow Lin holds his award for Best Supporting Actor at the 57th Golden Horse Awards in Taipei, Taiwan, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Lin won for the film "Classmates Minus" at this year's Golden Horse Awards. (AP Photo/Billy Dai)

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Taiwanese director Chen Yu-hsun arrives at the 57th Golden Horse Awards in Taipei, Taiwan, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Chen is nominated for Best Director for the film My Missing Valentine" at this year's Golden Horse Awards. (AP Photo/Billy Dai)
Taiwanese director Chen Yu-hsun arrives at the 57th Golden Horse Awards in Taipei, Taiwan, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Chen is nominated for Best Director for the film My Missing Valentine" at this year's Golden Horse Awards. (AP Photo/Billy Dai)

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Australian-born Taiwanese professional Go player Joanne Missingham arrives at the 57th Golden Horse Awards in Taipei, Taiwan, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Liu is nominated for Best Leading Actor for the film "My Missing Valentine" at this year's Golden Horse Awards, one of the Chinese-language film industry's biggest annual events. (AP Photo/ Billy Dai)
Australian-born Taiwanese professional Go player Joanne Missingham arrives at the 57th Golden Horse Awards in Taipei, Taiwan, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Liu is nominated for Best Leading Actor for the film "My Missing Valentine" at this year's Golden Horse Awards, one of the Chinese-language film industry's biggest annual events. (AP Photo/ Billy Dai)

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Taiwanese actor Bo-Lin Chen arrives at the 57th Golden Horse Awards in Taipei, Taiwan, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Chen is guest at this year's Golden Horse Awards, one of the Chinese-language film industry's biggest annual events. (AP Photo/Billy Dai)
Taiwanese actor Bo-Lin Chen arrives at the 57th Golden Horse Awards in Taipei, Taiwan, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Chen is guest at this year's Golden Horse Awards, one of the Chinese-language film industry's biggest annual events. (AP Photo/Billy Dai)

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Taiwanese actress Gwei Lun-mei arrives at the 57th Golden Horse Awards in Taipei, Taiwan, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Gwei is nominated for Best Leading Actress for the film "A Leg" at this year's Golden Horse Awards. (AP Photo/ Billy Dai)
Taiwanese actress Gwei Lun-mei arrives at the 57th Golden Horse Awards in Taipei, Taiwan, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Gwei is nominated for Best Leading Actress for the film "A Leg" at this year's Golden Horse Awards. (AP Photo/ Billy Dai)

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