2012: The Year in Lead Actresses   7 comments

2012 lead actresses

Hey there everyone! And Happy New Year once again from Tit for Tat! 😀

There’s no better way to kick off 2013 with a blog post that covers a topic awards prognosticators love the most: BEST ACTRESS. The past few days, I have been covering acting performances in local cinema, and we’ve already tackled supporting actressessupporting actors and lead actors. To complete the list, here’s my coverage of lead actress.


There’s no better person more fitting to begin this coverage with the one and only Superstar herself Nora Aunor. After years of absence in local filmmaking scene, she is back with Brillante Mendoza’s Thy Womb as midwife Shaleha who wants to grant her husband’s wish of having a child. Aside from La Aunor, Gina Alajar‘s role as the matriarch in Adolf Alix’s Mater Dolorosa gives her a huge possibility to have an awards comeback as well. A pair of Kapamilya actresses can find themselves contending at different award giving bodies: Angel Locsin will definitely be nominated either for her role as the sultry Princess in Unofficially Yours though my bet is she’ll get nods  for her role as a mother who will do anything for her son in the MMFF entry One More Try. Bea Alonzo‘s most mature performance to date as the title role in Olivia Lamasan’s The Mistress can reap some nods as well. As for the fifth spot, a consecutive visit at award giving bodies is plausible for veteran actress Shamaine Buencamino, this time, for her comedic turn in Loy Arcenas’s Requieme.


Aside from the five names above, other noteworthy lead actress performances the past year were from Jodi Sta. Maria as the newest member of Adoracion Convent in Aparisyon, Pokwang as another mother who sacrificied as an OFW in the US in A Mother’s Story, and French actress Isabelle Huppert having the most vital role in Brillante Mendoza’s Berlin entry Captive. Vilma Santos can get in based on name status alone for her movie last year, The Healing, while Lauren Young as the psycho best friend of Maxene Magalona in Catnip can break through the awards circuit too. Other performances that gained buzz this year were Cinemalaya Best Actress winner Ama Quiambao in Diablo, Erich Gonzales who is in search of her sister in Manila in Mariposa sa Hawla ng Gabi, Veronica Santiago who plays the charming  title role in Pascalina, LJ Reyes who resorted to being the town prostitute in Intoy Syokoy ng Kalye Marino, and Judy Ann Santos as the owner of the diary in Mga Mumunting Lihim.


As for the rest of the race, there’s also Anne Curtis, not as the other woman, in A Secret Affair, the pair of Fe GingGing Hyde and Glorypearl Dy trying to escape in Ang Paglalakbay ng Mga Bituin ng Gabing Madilim, Mylene Dizon as the other nun in Aparisyon, and Cinema One Originals Best Actress Mara Lopez in Palitan. There’s also the performances of Erich Gonzales as the unang aswang in Corazon: Ang Unang Aswang, Angelica Panganiban as the naive Majoy in Every Breath U Take,  and real life sisters Assunta and Alessandra de Rossi in Baybayin. Lastly, Angel Aquino can also see herself nominated either for her performance as the torn mother in Amorosa: The Revenge or as the reporter who everybody thought was dead in Biktima.

That’s it. Who are your bets this year? Are you excited for the coming award giving bodies? I sure am! 🙂

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7 responses to “2012: The Year in Lead Actresses

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  1. Personally, I find Bea Alonzo’s performance in “The Mistress” as nomination-worthy, next to Nora Aunor’s. It was generally restrained, very effective. She rose above an otherwise commercial movie. Gina Alajar in “Mater Dolorosa suffered from underwritten script. Angel Locsin was hyped, hysterical and histrionic. Mara Lopez was even better in “Palitan.” There is no notable acting in “The Healing.” If Vilma merits a nomination, it’s because of her name, not her performance. LJ Reyes was good in “Intoy Syokoy.”

    • “If Vilma merits a nomination, it’s because of her name, not her performance.

      Yeah, that’s what I’m saying. After all, the more commercial award giving bodies might want to use this Vilma-Nora rivalry to gain promos.

  2. Hello, I agree with this list. Angel Locsin was phenomenal in One More Try, but hands down, Nora’s eyes alone speak volumes and depth. But I put Angel next to Nora. I haven’t seen Gina Alajar so I can’t speak for her.

  3. I’ve seen The Mistress and OMT and weighed Bea’s and Angel’s performances. I thought Bea was at her best in The Mistress, but watching Angel in OMT made me forget about Bea. There is no doubt that Angel will be reap some awards this year. The Mistress > OMT though, narrative-wise and execution. I can’t forgive them for that pretentious, forced, contrived ending. Ugh.

    • Among performances from commercial movies, Angel Locsin still gets my vote though with her one two punch performances of One More Try-Unofficially Yours. Though Bea Alonzo was also relatively good in The Mistress.

  4. theres a lot of good performances this year , ofcourse nora aunor(thy womb ) is top our list in her eyes pa lang winner na , angel locsin is good too in both movies unofficially yours and one more try she showed versatility this year , bea alonzo is also superb i agree with joel , worthy of nomination , sharmaine buencamino magaling din for requieme , bubbling up … gina alajar for mater dolorosa , judy ann santos for mumunting lihim and ann curtis for a secret affair

  5. after 8 long years, ms nora aunor is back with vengeance….it’s payback time…it’s gonna be la aunor’s year, 2013…with all the award giving bodies in the phils….let these actresses do what nora did in thy womb and see for themselves if they are really an artist in its truest sense….but i doubt!

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