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I Love My Family (我爱我家) Dir. Ying Da (英达). 1993 – 1994. 

I Love My Family is a 120-episode comedy sitcom about a six-member family in 1990s Beijing and their daily life and interactions with their neighbors and relatives. Known as the first multi-camera and Mandarin-language sitcom, I Love My Family was a watershed creation of director Ying Da’s career. 

Starring a veteran grandfather, portrayed by Wen Xingyu (文兴宇); his harrowed elder son, portrayed by Yang Lixing (杨立新); his operatic daughter-in-law from the countryside, portrayed by Song Dandan (宋丹丹); his spendthrift playboy of a younger son, portrayed by Tian Liang (田亮); his daughter studying abroad in the U.S., portrayed by Zhao Mingming (赵明明); and his happy-go-lucky granddaughter who frequently finds herself in trouble at school, portrayed by Guan Ling (关凌). The sitcom follows the temporal misadventures of these characters as they confront familial, educational, workplace, and interpersonal conflicts.

I Love My Family is a commentary on both the transforming intergenerational sociopolitical situation burgeoning in China and the cross-cultural influence of Western thought and ideals. It garnered immediate attention for both is comedic value and its easily identifiable relevance to contemporary Chinese life.

89th Academy Awards Winners

Best Picture


Actor in a Leading Role

Actress in a Leading Role

Actress in a Supporting Role

Actor in a Supporting Role

Adapted Screenplay

Original Screenplay

Animated Feature Film

Foreign Language Film

  • The Salesman (Iran) - Winner
  • A Man Called Ove (Sweden)
  • Land of Mine (Denmark)
  • Tanna (Australia)
  • Toni Erdmann (Germany)

Documentary Feature

  • Fire at Sea
  • I Am Not Your Negro
  • Life, Animated
  • O.J.: Made in America - Winner 
  • 13th


Film Editing

Production Design

Costume Design

Makeup and Hairstyling

  • A Man Called Ove, Eva von Bahr and Love Larson
  • Star Trek Beyond, Joel Harlow and Richard Alonzo
  • Suicide Squad, Alessandro Bertolazzi, Giorgio Gregorini, and Christopher Nelson - Winner

Original Score

Original Song

  • “Audition (The Fools who Dream),” La La Land, music by Justin Hurwitz, lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
  • “Can’t Stop the Feeling,” Trolls, music and lyric by Justin Timberlake, Max Martin, and Karl Johan Schuster
  • “City of Stars,” La La Land, music by Justin Hurwitz, lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul - Winner
  • “The Empty Chair,” Jim: The James Foley Story, music and lyric by J. Ralph and Sting
  • “How Far I’ll Go,” Moana, music and lyric by Lin-Manuel Miranda

Sound Editing

Sound Mixing

  • Arrival, Bernard Gariépy Strobl and Claude La Haye
  • Hacksaw Ridge, Kevin O’Connell, Andy Wright, Robert Mackenzie, and Peter Grace - Winner
  • La La Land, Andy Nelson, Ai-Ling Lee, and Steve A. Morrow
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, David Parker, Christopher Scarabosio, and Stuart Wilson
  • 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, Greg P. Russell, Gary Summers, Jeffrey J. Haboush, and Mac Ruth

Visual Effects

  • Doctor Strange, Stephane Ceretti, Richard Bluff, Vincent Cirelli, and Paul Corbould
  • The Jungle Book, Robert Legato, Adam Valdez, Andrew R. Jones, and Dan Lemmon - Winner
  • Kubo and the Two Strings, Steve Emerson, Oliver Jones, Brian McLean, and Brad Schiff
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, John Knoll, Mohen Leo, Hal Hickel, and Neil Corbould

Animated Short Film

  • Blind Vaysha
  • Borrowed Time
  • Pear Cider and Cigarettes
  • Pearl
  • Piper - Winner

Live Action Short Film

  • Ennemis Intérieurs
  • La Femme et le TGV
  • Silent Nights
  • Mindenki - Winner
  • Timecode

Documentary Short Subject

  • Extremis
  • 4.1 Miles
  • Joe’s Violin
  • Watani: My Homeland
  • The White Helmets - Winner

“ 敬华,你不要再离开我了。你是我的灵契,对吗?”

“Jing Hua, don’t ever leave me again, You are my soul image, right?”

Seriously, this manhua needs more love. I finished the latest chapter and it’s getting really interesting. It must be devastating for Xi when Zhang Xuan shot himself (but Zhang Xuan was kept in the house, so not exactly dead I suppose?). In the flashback, I like how Jing hua thought that he won’t forgive Zhang Xuan if he dare to lie to Xi. I smell love triangle hehe, but I will always support Jing hua and Xi together. 

Every POC nominated for an Academy Award
  • Ruth Nega - Best Actress (Loving)
  • Mahershala Ali - Best Supporting Actor (Moonlight)
  • Dev Patel - Best Supporting Actor (Lion)
  • Viola Davis - Best Supporting Actress (Fences)
  • Naomie Harris - Best Supporting Actress (Moonlight)
  • Octavia Spencer - Best Supporting Actress (Hidden Figures)
  • Denzel Washington - Best Actor (Fences); Best Picture (Fences, producer)
  • Pharrell Williams - Best Picture (Hidden Figures, producer)
  • Kimberly Steward - Best Picture (Manchester by the Sea, producer)
  • Barry Jenkins - Best Director (Moonlight); Best Adapted Screenplay (Moonlight)
  • Tarell Alvin Mccraney - Best Adapted Screenplay (Moonlight)
  • August Wilson - Best Adapted Screenplay (Fences)
  • Joi McMillon - Best Editing (Moonlight)
  • Bradford Young - Best Cinematography (Arrival)
  • Rodrigo Prieto - Best Cinematography (Silence)
  • Ai-Ling Lee - Best Sound Editing (La La Land); Best Sound Mixing (La La Land)
  • Lin-Manuel Miranda - Best Original Song (”How Far I’ll Go,” Moana)
  • Raoul Peck - Best Documentary (I Am Not Your Negro, director and producer)
  • Hebert Peck - Best Documentary (I Am Not Your Negro, producer)
  • Roger Ross Williams - Best Documentary (Life, Animated, director and producer)
  • Ezra Edelman - Best Documentary (O.J.: Made In America, director and producer)
  • Ava DuVernay - Best Documentary (13th, director and producer)
  • Toshio Suzuki - Best Animated Feature (The Red Turtle, producer)
  • Asghar Farhadi - Best Foreign Film (The Salesman)
  • Selim Azzazi - Best Live-Action Short (Enemies Within)
——然后我死了, 连羽毛也腐烂在土地里面。 为什么我的眼里常含泪水? 因为我对这土地爱得深沉……

——Then I would die, And even my feathers would rot in the soil. Why are my eyes always brimming with tears? Because I love this land so deeply…

我爱这土地 (I Love This Land) by Ai Qing (艾青). 1938.

Ai Qing (1910-1996), also known as Ejia (莪加), Ke'a (克阿), or Linbi (林壁), is regarded as one of the finest modern Chinese poets. Born with the surname Jiang (蒋) in Zhejiang province, Ai was prompted to change his name due to resentment towards Chiang Kai-shek (蒋介石). In the 1930s, Ai was imprisoned and tortured by Chiang’s Kuomintang party for his leftist ideology; when the Communist party took power in 1949, Ai became an an active member. However, during the Anti-Rightist Movement in 1957, Ai was accused of being a rightist after defending fellow author Ding Ling. Ai spent the ten years of the Cultural Revolution cleaning toilets before being reinstated in 1979. Apart from being a celebrated poet, Ai was also the father of controversial contemporary artist Ai Weiwei. The poem I Love This Land was written as a reaction to the invasion of China by imperialist Japanese forces in 1937. 

The griever sound came from ocean seals mixed with elk, fox, gibbons and bear calls which which added mass to the vocal. Dan O’Connell (from One Step Up) and I collaborated to create the metallic feet and articulated the tales using rivet stripes, balls bearing and parts found at a hobby store. Chuck Michael developed backgrounds atmosphere for the various environments.
—  Ai-Ling Lee on making the Griever noise.

Buddhism was introduced in Japan with the first contacts between China and Central Asia, where Buddhism had spread from the Indian subcontinent. The contacts occurred with the opening of the Silk Road in the 2nd century BC, following the travels of Zhang Qian between 138 and 126 BC. The official introduction of Buddhism in China in 67 AD. At the time, they referred to Japan as the country of Fusang (Chinese: 扶桑 “The country of the extreme East” beyond the sea).  Photography by Sushicam on Flickr, text via Ai-ling on Pinterest

The core Griever sound came from ocean seals mixed with elk, fox, gibbons and bear calls, which added mass to the vocal. Dan O’Connell [from One Step Up] and I collaborated to create the metallic feet, and articulated the tails using rivet strips, ball bearings and parts found at a hobby store. Chuck Michael developed background atmospheres for the various environments.
—  Ai-Ling Lee (on making Griever noise)