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.–AFP