Thursday, September 10, 2009

Huabiao Awards vs Golden Rooster

In case like me you are confused by these two awards here is some information:

he Golden Rooster Awards (traditional Chinese: 金雞獎; simplified Chinese: 金鸡奖; pinyin: Jīn Jī Jiăng) are the most prestigious awards in film given in mainland China. The awards are given annually, beginning in 1981. The name of the award came from the year of the Rooster in 1981. Award recipients receive a statuette in the shape of a golden rooster, and are selected by a jury of film makers, film experts, and film historians. The awards are given out by the China Film Association.

Originally, Golden Roosters were only available to mainland Chinese nominees, but in 2005, the awards opened up the acting categories to actors from Taiwan, Hong Kong, and elsewhere in an effort to compete with Taiwan's Golden Horse Awards.[1]

The entire event is actually composed of a film festival and an awards ceremony. Originally the film festival consisted of two distinct events, the Golden Rooster festival, and a separate festival for the Hundred Flowers Awards. The two festivals were combined into a single national festival in 1992.[2]

The Golden Rooster and Hundred Flowers Awards take place on alternate years since 2004, with the Golden Rooster taking place on odd years. Films in the past two years are eligible for the Golden Rooster awards since 2005.

The Huabiao Awards is an annual awards ceremony for Chinese cinema. Named after the decorative Chinese winged columns (huabiaos), The Huabiao Awards were first instituted in 1957 as the Ministry of Culture Excellence Film awards. Between 1958 and 1979, no awards were given. In 1994, the awards were renamed "Huabiao." The ceremony is held in Beijing.

Unlike other award ceremonies, Huabiao Awards for individual categories are often given to multiple nominees.

and last but not least:

The People's Hundred Flowers Awards (traditional Chinese: 大眾百花獎; simplified Chinese: 大众百花奖; pinyin: Dàzhòng Băihuā Jiăng) are considered, together with the Golden Rooster Awards, the most prestigious film awards in China. The awards were set up by China Film Association in 1962 and sponsored by People's Film (大众电影, sometimes also translated as Popular Cinema) magazine, which has the greatest circulation in China. The awards were formerly voted annually by the readers of People's Film.[1] Recent polls however allow voters to cast ballots through SMS, via the Internet or by dialling a special number, and are no longer exclusive to readers of People's Film. [2]

The 2nd Hundred Flowers Awards poll was held in 1963, but was not conducted again until 1980, owing to the Cultural Revolution. Thereafter, it became an annual event until 2004. Since then, the Hundred Flowers Awards ceremonies are held biennially, on alternate years with the Golden Rooster.

Originally the Golden Rooster festival and a separate festival for the Hundred Flowers Awards were two distinct events. The two festivals were combined into a single national festival in 1992.[1]

From 1980 to 2003, the yearly Hundred Flowers poll selects the three films with the highest tallied votes as the Best Pictures of the year. Since 2004, Chinese-language films from Taiwan and Hong Kong are also eligible for the awards. Note also that since 2004, films in the past two years are eligible, making the competition much stiffer than before. The film with the highest votes is chosen as best picture, with two runners-up.


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