The Composer, a China-Kazakhstan co-production charting the tumultuous life of Chinese composer Xian Xinghai swept the fourth annual Golden Screen Awards, picking up prizes for best co-production film, best leading actor, best leading actress and best music
Held at the JW Marriott Los Angeles’ Diamond Ballroom on Saturday, this year’s Golden Screen Awards were co-hosted by actress Jane Seymour and actor-comedian Kevin Pollak. The event was attended by industry heavyweights from China and elsewhere including Wei (William) Feng, chief representative of the Motion Picture Association in China and MPA Asia; Liu Chun, president of the China Film Co-Production Corporation; Mike Ellis, president of MPA Asia; and Gillian Zhao, executive vp Warner Bros. China.
Green Book scribe Nick Vallelonga, Grammy Award winning recording artist Omar Akram and The Meg producer Belle Avery also attended.
Director Xierzhati Yahefu’s The Composer was the undoubted big winner of the night. The film examines the friendship that was forged between Xian and the Kazakh composer Bakhytzhan Baykadamov during the Second World War. The Chinese composer became stranded in the Kazakhstani city of Almaty after Germany attacked the Soviet Union in 1941 and was taken in by Baykadamov who — legend has it — had never before heard of his new house guest. After settling down in Kazakhstan, Xian produced some of his most famous works, including the symphony Liberation of the Nation and the suite “Red All Over the River.”
Chinese actor Hu Jun was rewarded for his lead role in The Composer, as was Kazakhstani model-turned actress Aruzhan Jazilbekova. Lee Dongjun won the award for best music.
“This film and these awards showed how important and how excellent the cooperation between artists from different countries could be,” producer Iris Wang told China’s Xinhua news agency after accepting the best co-production film award.
The film combined crews of more than 20,000 people from China, Kazakhstan, Russia and South Korea and took five years to complete, Wang said.
Other winners of the night included Chen Kaige, Zhang Yibai, Guan Hu, Xue Xiaolu, Xu Zheng, Ning Hao and Wen Muye, collectively named best director for their efforts on the patriotic omnibus My People, My Country. Cat Kwan took the screenplay prize for Line Walker 2 and Abominable was named the best original animated film.
The Golden Screen Awards have from 2016 been co-hosted by the U.S. China Film & TV Industry Expo (UCFTI), China Film Co-Production Corporation (CFCC), Motion Picture Association (MPA) and The Hollywood Reporter. The awards are designed to celebrate co-productions between China and movie industries around the world, particularly Hollywood.
The full list of winners follows:
Best Co-Production Film
Best Original Animated Feature Film
Best Adapted Animated Feature Film
Cat Kwan for Line Walker 2
Chen Kaige, Zhang Yibai, Guan Hu, Xue Xiaolu, Xu Zheng, Ning Hao, Wen Muye for My People, My Country
Yao Hung-I; Dong Jinsong; David Chizallet for Long Day’s Journey Into Night
Best Visual Effects
Guoyu Pan for The Captain
Lee Dongjun for The Composer
Best Actor in Leading Role
Hu Jun for The Composer
Best Actor in Supporting Role
Francis Ng for Line Walker 2
Best Actress in Leading Role
Aruzhan Jazilbekova for The Composer
Best Actress in Supporting Role
Li Qin for The Captain
Outstanding Contribution & Leadership Award
International Cooperation Spirit Award
Honorary Cooperation Films
Pokémon Detective Pikachu (Warner Bros.)
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (Universal)
Gemini Man (Paramount)
Spider-Man: Far From Home (Sony Pictures)