Hong Kong once again was the biggest winner in last night's Golden Horse Film Awards in Taiwan, taking 11 awards, including three of the major ones. The 41st annual event, in the central city of Taichung, saw Hong Kong heart-throb Andy Lau Tak-wah finally winning the best actor award for his part in Infernal Affairs III. He won despite strong competition from Tony Leung Chiu-wai, who made it to the ceremony at the last minute. 'It is the most unforgettable night for me tonight ... I am lucky to win the award the third year after I was [first] nominated,' said Lau amid thunderous applause by his fans and supporters as he accepted the award. The ceremony is billed as Asia's equivalent of the Oscars. Leung took home the Golden Horse last year, beating Lau by just one vote for the gangster movie Infernal Affairs, in which both were nominated for the best actor award. Earlier, media reports said stars of Hong Kong director Wong Kar-wai's acclaimed movie 2046 might skip the ceremony. None of them had confirmed they would attend, probably due to Wong's unhappiness that he was not nominated for the best director award. However, Leung showed up at the last minute with the help of a convoy of police cars, which opened the way for him to rush to the venue. Wong's epic romance 2046, nominated for eight awards, including the best picture, best actor and best actress (Zhang Ziyi), won just two minor awards. Leung watched with understanding when it was announced that Lau had won the best actor title. But he appeared disappointed when mainland director Lu Chuan went to the stage to collect the best picture award for his movie Kekexili: Mountain Patrol, which portrayed life on the Tibetan plateau. Noted Hong Kong director Johnnie To Kei-fung took home the best director award for his Breaking News, which reviews the relations between the television media and police. He beat Fruit Chan, nominated for his Dumplings - Three ... Extremes, Derek Yee for his gang-fight film One Nite in Mongkok, and Lu Chuan for Kekexili: Mountain Patrol. The best actress title went to Yang Kuei-mei for her Taiwanese epic romance The Moon Also Rises. Hong Kong's movie king Jackie Chan's New Police Story, nominated for six minor titles, won three awards, including the best supporting actor title, which went to the young star Daniel Wu Yin-cho. The organiser led participants in paying tribute to the late Hong Kong star entertainer James Wong Jim with singer Wong Li-hom singing his famous A Smile in the Rough Sea in memory of the late show-business legend.