TAIPEI - Chinese director Diao Yinan's thriller "Black Coal, Thin Ice" leads the nominations for Taiwan's annual Golden Horse Awards - touted as the Chinese-language "Oscars" - organisers said Thursday.
The film tells the story of a washed-up ex-cop investigating a series of grisly murders. It scored eight nominations, including best film, best director, best actor and best actress.
The movie previously won the Berlin Festival's Golden Bear award in February.
Chinese director Lou Ye's "Blind Massage" - about visually impaired people finding work as massage therapists - fellows closely with seven nominations, including best film and best director. It has some blind actors.
Also nominated for best director are China's Wang Xiaoshuai ("Red Amnesia") as well as Myanmar-born, Taiwan-based Midi Z ("Ice Poison") and Hong Kong's Ann Hui ("The Golden Era"), who last won the directing award in 2011.
Hui's film is based on the real-life story of a famed Chinese female writer in the early 20th century.
It's up for best film along with Taiwan's baseball movie "Kano" and "A Fool" - the directorial debut by veteran Chinese actor Chen Jianbin, who is vying for both best new director and best actor.
Chen will face off against compatriot Liao Fan ("Black Coal, Thin Ice,") for the top acting honour, as well as Hong Kong's Sean Lau ("The White Storm"), Taiwan's Chang Chen ("Brotherhood of Blades") and Japanese actor Masatoshi Nagase for his role as a baseball coach in "Kano".
"Kano" is the best Taiwanese film this year with six nominations, including best new director.
In the leading actress category, China's Gong Li ("Coming Home") faces Tang Wei ("The Golden Era") Zhao Wei ("Dearest") Taiwan's Gwei Lun-mei ("Black Coal, Thin Ice,") and Chen Shiang-chyi ("Exit").
The winners will be announced on November 22 at a ceremony in Taipei.