UPDATE: Gong Li has come under fire for criticising the Golden Horse Awards for being "unprofessional" and apparently vowing not to take part in the awards any more, despite it being her first time there.
In a statement issued by her manager on Tuesday, Gong, 48, was quoted as saying: "Special thanks to the Golden Horse Awards for giving me this opportunity to understand what an unprofessional film festival is like. And everyone in the arts will look down on an unfair film festival."
"This was my first time at the Golden Horse Awards, and it will be my last time," she was quoted as saying.
While the Chinese actress was attacked by some, she was also defended by others just as Taiwanese director Sylvia Chang, who is also chairperson of the awards committee, said Gong "did not say this herself", reported The Straits Times.
According to Ming Pao, Hong Kong director Shu Kei called Gong an ignorant "frog in the well" for thinking she was unbeatable. He added that even American actress Meryl Streep is not nominated for an Oscar every year. "Are you better than Auntie Meryl?"
While some Taiwanese netizens said they did not want to watch her "amateur performances" any more, some Chinese netizens believed that Gong's statement was fabricated by the Taiwanese press.
One netizen claimed that TV host Pink Yang had been rude to Gong. When Gong said that she would act in a comedy, Yang said: "Let's talk after you get the Best Actress award."