The crime drama "Black Coal, Thin Ice" bagged three awards at the China Film Directors Guild Awards, including film of the year, at a ceremony held over the weekend.
Director-writer Diao Yinan won screenwriter of the year while the actor of the year award went to Liao Fan. Liao won the Silver Bear for actor at last year's Berlin International Film Festival, where "Black Coal" also took home top kudos.
Still, this year's selections did not meet with universal approval either. He Ping, a well-known director and the ex-secretary of the guild, called this year’s film selections “the most shameful of the past six years.” He wrote on his official Sina Weibo account: “There are many lousy films among the selected films entering the competition this year.”
Vicky Zhao, the mainland actress who starred in "Dearest," was also not eligible in the actress category, which many filmmakers found hard to digest. Zhao was able to compete in the Golden Horse film awards in Taiwan.