‘Infernal’ tops Horse nods

Pic nabs 12 kudos, 'PTU' follows with 11

TAIPEI — Pics from Hong Kong once again lassoed the majority of Golden Horse Award nominations for Chinese-lingo films, announced Thursday, with more than two-thirds of nominees.

The 40th kudocast unrolls its red carpet Dec. 13.

Hong Kong cop drama “Infernal Affairs” leads with 12 nods, including picture, director and actor. Following close behind with 11 is fellow Hong Kong policer “PTU.”

Warner Bros.’ first Chinese-lingo feature, romance “Turn Left, Turn Right,” picked up seven nods.

Taiwan’s home favorite, Tsai Ming-liang’s “Goodbye, Dragon Inn,” garnered five nods.

Some 44 pictures were considered by a jury of eight, who narrowed the field to 24 competing in 20 categories. A good year sees as many as 50 pics vying for trophies.

The dearth of nominees is partly due to China’s decision to withdraw its entries at the last minute in protest at Taiwan’s moves toward independence. Mainland China regards the island as one of its provinces, and the awards — subsidized by the Taiwanese government — are routinely held hostage by politicos on both sides of the Taiwan Strait.

The animated feature category was dropped this year after the jury deemed no entry worthy of distinction.

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