Ann Hui was named best director by the Hong Kong Directors’ Guild at a ceremony on Thursday evening.

The veteran, jobbing director won with her detailed biopic “The Golden Era,” which had its premiere as the closing film of the Venice festival in September. “The Golden Era” was also named as best film and its star Tang Wei was named best actress. The film had previously been Hong Kong’s contender in the foreign-language Oscar category.

Sean Lau Ching-wan was named best actor for his starring role in crime thriller “Overheard 3”, while Ivana Wong was best new performer for her part in prostitution comedy “Golden Chickensss.

Ruby Yang was named as best new director for her documentary “My Voice, My Life” about a group of handicapped children rehearsing for a concert.

Cinematographer Chan Kwok-hung, who was killed on the set of Jackie Chan’s “Skiptrace” in December, was posthumously awarded a special prize by the guild’s executive committee.