‘Godspeed’ heads list of Golden Horse Award nominees

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — The Taiwanese dark comedy “Godspeed” took home eight nominations for next month’s 53rd annual Golden Horse Awards, with the nominees announced in Taipei on Saturday.

“Godspeed” was nominated for awards including Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor and Best Cinematography. The movie, which stars veteran Hong Kong actor Michael Hui and Taiwanese talk show host Lin Yu-chih, is about a taxi driver who unknowingly becomes the driver for a drug dealer. The two go on a trip to southern Taiwan and encounter mishaps and adventures along the way.

The romance drama “Soul Mate,” by upcoming Hong Kong director Derek Tsang, received seven nominations. Adapted from a popular novel, the film is about two young girls in China who became best friends but later fall in love with the same guy. The film’s nominations include Best Director and two nominations for Best Actress.

“The Road to Mandala,” ”The Summer Is Gone” and “Soul on a String” received six nominations apiece.

The Golden Horse Awards, which will be handed out Nov. 26 in Taipei, are one of the most prestigious film awards for Mandarin-language cinema, with movies from Taiwan, China and Hong Kong fighting for honors.