Asian Film Awards: 'The Golden Era' Leads with Five Nominations

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'Black Coal, Thin Ice' got four nominations.

Chinese productions and Hong Kong-Chinese co-productions dominate the nominations, with Berlin 2014 winner 'Black Coal, Thin Ice' getting four.

The 2015 Asian Film Awards nominations were announced Wednesday, with director Ann Hui's The Golden Era leading the pack with five, including for best director, best actress for Tang Wei, best supporting actor for Wang Zhiwen, best screenwriter and best editor.

The biopic is followed by Chinese titles Black Coal, Thin Ice, which won the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival in 2014, Gone With The Bullets and Blind Massage, each with four nominations.

Chinese productions and Hong Kong-Chinese co-productions dominate the 2015 awards with 26 nominations, followed by Japan with 17 nominations and South Korea with 16.

The 14-member jury will be presided by Hong Kong director-producer Mabel Cheung (An Autumn's Tale, Echoes Of The Rainbow), and includes Aaron Kwok (After This Our Exile).

Organized by the Asian Film Awards Academy, founded in late 2013 by the Hong Kong International Film Festival Society, the Busan International Film Festival and the Tokyo International Film Festival, the Asian Film Awards will be held on March 25 at The Venetian Theater in Macau.

Here are the nominations in major categories:

Best film

Black Coal, Thin Ice (China)

Blind Massage (China)

Haider (India)

Hill Of Freedom (South Korea)

Ode To My Father (South Korea)

The Light Shines Only There (Japan)

Best director

Lou Ye, Blind Massage (China)

Tsukamoto Shinya, Fires On The Plain (Japan)

Lav Diaz, From What Is Before (The Philippines)

Vishal Bhardwaj, Haider (India)

Hong Sang-soo, Hill Of Freedom (South Korea)

Ann Hui, The Golden Era (Hong Kong, China)

Best actor

Liao Fan, Black Coal, Thin Ice (China)

Kase Ryo, Hill Of Freedom (South Korea)

Sean Lau Ching-wan, Overheard 3 (Hong Kong, China)

Ethan Ruan, Paradise In Service (Taiwan)

Choi Min-sik, Roaring Currents (South Korea)

Satoh Takeru, Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends (Japan)

Best actress

Bae Doo-na, A Girl At My Door (South Korea)

Gong Li, Coming Home (China)

Zhao Wei, Dearest (Hong Kong, China)

Kaiki Koechlin, Margarita, With A Straw (India)

Miyazawa Rie, Pale Moon (Japan)

Tang Wei, The Golden Era (Hong Kong, China)