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10 Best MMFF Movies of the Last 10 Years   Leave a comment

Last week, the Metro Manila Development Authority headed by Francis Tolentino has announced the entries for this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival. And as expected, MMFF staples such as Vice Ganda, Robin Padilla, Vic Sotto, Kris Aquino, and Aiai delas Alas all have entries this year.

Once the festival home of films such as Himala, Burlesk Queen, Karnal, Itanong Mo Sa Buwan, Magic Temple, and Dekada ’70, there has been a paradigm shift in terms of the criteria on how films are chosen the past decade. Commercial appeal has been the primary agenda now and box office as a main factor on which entries will make it.

And while this has elicited a lot of criticisms, particularly the idea of prioritizing box office over “quality” films, the MMFF has still treated us with some notable films quality films over the years. This coming year, entries from Gil Portes, Antoinette Jadaone, Jose Javier Reyes, and Dan Villegas have been chosen while those of Erik Matti’s and Jeffrey Jeturian were in the waitlist categories.

Before I reveal my picks of the ten best MMFF films of the last ten years (New Wave section excluded), here are five that came close from being included:

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“Ulam” from Shake, Rattle, and Roll XV (director: Jerrold Tarog, 2014) – Ulam made good use of every minute we’ve seen on screen to show the horrors and tension of a marital relationship.

“Katas ng Saudi” (director: Jose Javier Reyes, 2007) – Probably the most memorable OFW movies in local cinema depict those of a mother leaving their children behind. Here’s from a father’s perspective of coming home and realizing it isn’t what he expected.

“Pagpag” (director: Frasco Mortiz, 2013) – It’s horror by the numbers, but it tackles such a Filipino ritual one can’t help but to give in to its scares.

“Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story” (director: Daryl dela Cruz, 2011) – It got its reputation as the one that started the action comeback, but its behind the scenes director mishap got in the way for  the film to move from being good to being great.

“One More Try” (director: Ruel Bayani, 2012) – Rip-off or not, the film brags of solid performances from its four leads, particularly that of its lead actress Angel Locsin.

And as for the top 10:

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10. “Parola” from Shake, Rattle, and Roll 13 (director: Jerrold Tarog, 2011) – Parola is the perfect throwback to the early heydays of the Shake, Rattle, and Roll franchise, only with better production and technical achievements. Its scares mixes that of the old and the new, giving the type of scares that the audience will definitely bite.

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09. “English Only Please” (director: Dan Villegas, 2014) – It’s easy to dismiss English Only Please from the get go, it’s not from the manufactured Star Cinema factory of kilig, not does it star a tandem that has a solid following. But it has proven that it doesn’t need any of those. It gives the same kilig and “feels” without the need to fall trap to the usual rom-com clichés.

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08. “Blue Moon (director: Joel Lamangan, 2005) – During the last few years when Regal Films was still obsessed with this big star-studded ensembles in family dramas comes Lamangan directing a Palanca-winning screenplay about three generation of family members with the patriarch searching for his one true love. The film is mostly fluff hiding in between the big war backdrop, but its attempt is earnest one can’t help but fall in love with it.

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07. “Lihim ng San Joaquin (director: Richard Somes, 2005) – When Shake, Rattle, and Roll made a comeback in the mid-Aughts, a lot expected to feel the throwback of the early 90s horror franchise. Instead, we got that ridiculous “Poso” episode and an uneven “Aquarium” one. Then comes “Lihim ng San Joaquin”, about a young , newlywed couple transferring to a rural town. This one will keep you on the edge of your seat with its silence.

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06. “Kubot: The Aswang Chronicles (director: Erik Matti, 2014) – Sure, the MMFF has been a commercial venue for the whole family to enjoy, but with Kubot, the follow up to 2012’s Tiktik, Erik Matti proved that a sequel isn’t an alibi to come up with a lackluster addition to a franchise (which most MMFF franchises are guilty of doing). While it doesn’t necessarily have to beat its predecessor, it doesn’t have to be a downgrade as well.

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05. “Boy Golden: Shoot to Kill (director: Chito Rono, 2013) – The best thing about Boy Golden is that it doesn’t want to prove anything. It doesn’t take itself seriously and just wants to have fun. And boy was it a fun movie-watching experience mixing camp and action we haven’t seen in a long time.

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04. “Punerarya” from Shake, Rattle and Roll 12 (director: Jerrold Tarog, 2010) – Hands down, this is one of the best episodes ever in the whole SRR franchise. Jerrold Tarog’s first output stars Carla Abellana as a private tutor to two kids from the neighbor’s funeral parlor. And as secrets were slowly revealed, the tension just escalates further. This one doesn’t get old and is a must watch.

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03. “RPG Metanoia” (director: Luis Suarez, 2010) – Not for lack of trying, the MMFF has welcomed local animation in the festival. Twice, even (the first one was 2008’s “Dayo sa Mundo ng Elemento”). RPG can brag about being the first Pinoy 3D animated film, but more than that achievement, its dedication in tackling a theme highlighting the rich Philippine culture is admirable.

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02. “Kasal, Kasali, Kasalo” (director: Jose Javier Reyes, 2006) – On the outside, Kasal’s biggest achievement is how it managed to be a crowd-pleasing film, yet one that critics will positively respond as well. Digging deeper, it’s really not difficult to fall in love with this film. It touches the topic of a traditional Pinoy family whose value for marriage and relationship is as valuable to the whole family, maybe even more so, than to the actual couple. Obviously, the great ensemble elevated the already strong material further.

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01. “Thy Womb (director: Brillante Mendoza, 2012) – It’s silly when you think about it, that the best film of the festival of the last decade, was just a replacement choice of that year. Shot in the farthest village of Tawi-Tawi, “Thy Womb” wasn’t just the story of a midwife attempt to provide her husband a child, but it also opened us to a culture we aren’t particularly familiar with. I believe this is one of the films that will go down as the best in the history of the festival. Plus, it gave us Nora Aunor’s comeback performance.

So as much as we rant and complain about the MMFF every year, chances are there are one or two entries that will really be worth of our money. This year has the potential to deliver as well.

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67th Primetime Emmy Awards Nomination Predictions: June 2015   Leave a comment

Hi everyone! In less than a month, John Stamos and Uzo Aduba will be announcing the nominees for this year’s Primetime Emmy Awards. The long list of eligible shows and performances is finally out, so this clears up some placements and submissions from the contenders. This will be the second to the last batch of predictions I’ll be doing because the next one would be the final group of nominee predictions which will be available to the week leading to the announcement. Anyway, let’s get the ball rolling, as I also included guest acting categories, as well as writing, directing, and reality/variety.

drama series

DRAMA SERIES:
1. Mad Men
2. Game of Thrones
3. House of Cards
4. Orange is the New Black
5. Empire
6. Downton Abbey
7. Better Call Saul

Next in line:
8. Homeland
9. Justified
10. The Americans

drama actor

LEAD ACTOR, DRAMA
1. Jon Hamm, “Mad Men”
2. Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards”
3. Jeff Daniels, “The Newsroom”
4. Bob Odenkirk, “Better Call Saul”
5. Hugh Bonneville, “Downton Abbey”
6. Terrence Howard, “Empire”

Next in line:
7. Kyle Chandler, “Bloodline”
8. Steve Buscemi, “Boardwalk Empire”
9. Clive Owen, “The Knick”
10. Michael Sheen, “Masters of Sex”

drama actress

LEAD ACTRESS, DRAMA
1. Viola Davis, “How to Get Away with Murder”
2. Taraji Henson, “Empire”
3. Robin Wright, “House of Cards”
4. Claire Danes, “Homeland”
5. Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife”
6. Michelle Dockery, “Downton Abbey”

Next in line:
7. Elisabeth Moss, “Mad Men”
8. Kerry Washington, “Scandal”
9. Lizzy Caplan, “Masters of Sex”
10. Taylor Schilling, “Orange is the New Black”

drama supp actor

SUPPORTING ACTOR, DRAMA
1. Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones”
2. Jonathan Banks, “Better Call Saul”
3. Mandy Patinkin, “Homeland”
4. Jim Carter, “Downton Abbey”
5. Jon Voight, “Ray Donovan”
6. Ben Mendehlson, “Bloodline”

Next in line:
7. Kit Harrington, “Game of Thrones”
8. John Slattery, “Mad Men”
9. Michael Kelly, “House of Cards”
10. Alan Cumming, “The Good Wife”

drama supp actress

SUPPORTING ACTRESS, DRAMA
1. Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey”
2. Uzo Aduba, “Orange is the New Black”
3. Lena Headey, “Game of Thrones”
4. Christina Hendricks, “Mad Men”
5. Christine Baranski, “The Good Wife”
6. Lorraine Toussant, “Orange is the New Black”

Next in line:
7. Sissy Spacek, “Bloodline”
8. Carrie Coon, “The Leftovers”
9. Joanne Froggatt, “Downton Abbey”
10. Kate Mulgrew, “Orange is the New Black”

drama guest actor

GUEST ACTOR, DRAMA
1. Beau Bridges, “Masters of Sex”
2. Dylan Baker, “The Good Wife”
3. F. Murray Abraham, “Homeland”
4. Sam Shepard, “Bloodline”
5. Michael J. Fox, “The Good Wife”
6. Courtney B. Vance, “Scandal”

Next in line:
7. Robert Morse, “Mad Men”
8. David Hyde Pierce, “The Good Wife”
9. Pablo Schreiber, “Orange is the New Black”
10. Ed Asner, “The Good Wife”

drama guest actress

GUEST ACTRESS, DRAMA
1. Cicely Tyson, “How to Get Away with Murder”
2. Allison Janney, “Masters of Sex”
3. Diana Rigg, “Game of Thrones”
4. Carrie Preston, “The Good Wife”
5. Kate Burton, “Scandal”
6. Margo Martindale, “The Americans”

Next in line:
7. Patricia Arquette, “Boardwalk Empire”
8. Laura Prepon, “Orange is the New Black”
9. Marcia Gay Harden, “How to Get Away with Murder”
10. Ann-Margret, “Ray Donovan”

drama directing

DIRECTING IN A DRAMA SERIES
1. Boardwalk Empire, “Eldorado”
2. Game of Thrones, “Hardhome”
3. Empire, “Pilot”
4. Better Call Saul, “Uno”
5. Orange is the New Black, “Thirsty Bird”

Next in line:
6. Mad Men, “Person to Person”
7. Downton Abbey, “Episode 9”
8. The Knick, “Pilot”
9. House of Cards, “Chapter 39”
10. Homeland, “The Drone Queen”

drama writing

WRITING IN A DRAMA SERIES:
1. Mad Men, “Person to Person”
2. Game of Thrones, “Mother’s Mercy”
3. Downton Abbey, “Episode 8”
4. Better Call Saul, “Uno”
5. Empire, “Pilot”

Next in line:
6. Orange is the New Black, “We Have Manners, We’re Polite”
7. The Affair, “Pilot”
8. House of Cards, “Chapter 39”
9. The Americans, “Stingers”
10. Mad Men, “The Forecast”

comedy series

COMEDY SERIES:
1. Modern Family
2. Veep
3. Transparent
4. Silicon Valley
5. Louie
6. The Big Bang Theory
7. Episodes

Next in line:
8. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
9. Parks and Recreation
10. Grace and Frankie

comedy actor

LEAD ACTOR, COMEDY
1. Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory”
2. Jeffrey Tambor, “Transparent”
3. Louis C.K., “Louie”
4. William H. Macy, “Shameless”
5. Matt Leblanc, “Episodes”
6. Don Cheadle, “House of Lies”

Next in line:
7. Thomas Middleditch, “Silicon Valley”
8. Will Forte, “The Last Man on Earth”
9. Billy Crystal, “The Comedians”
10. Andy Samberg, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”

comedy actress

LEAD ACTRESS, COMEDY
1. Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”
2. Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie”
3. Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation”
4. Ellie Kemper, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”
5. Lily Tomlin, “Grace and Frankie”
6. Lisa Kudrow, “The Comeback”

Next in line:
7. Amy Schumer, “Inside Amy Schumer”
8. Jane Fonda, “Grace and Frankie”
9. Jane Rodriguez, “Jane the Virgin”
10. Melissa McCarthy, “Mike and Molly”

comedy supp actor

SUPPORTING ACTOR, COMEDY
1. Ty Burrell, “Modern Family”
2. Tony Hale, “Veep”
3. Jesse Tyler Ferguson, “Modern Family”
4. Hugh Laurie, “Veep”
5. Andre Braugher, “Brooklyn Nine Nine”
6. Fred Armisen, “Portlandia”

Next in line:
7. Tituss Burgess, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”
8. TJ Miller, “Silicon Valley”
9. Chris Pratt, “Parks and Recreation”
10. Laurence Fishburne, “Black-ish”

comedy supp actress

SUPPORTING ACTRESS, COMEDY
1. Allison Janney, “Mad Men”
2. Julie Bowen, “Modern Family”
3. Anna Chlumsky, “Veep”
4. Kate McKinnon, “Saturday Night Live”
5. Jane Krakowski, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”
6. Judith Light, “Transparent”

Next in line:
7. Mayim Bialik, “The Big Bang Theory”
8. Sofia Vergara, “Modern Family”
9. Merritt Wever, “Nurse Jackie”
10. Carrie Brownstein, “Portlandia”

comedy guest actor

GUEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
1. Louis C.K., “Saturday Night Live”
2. Bill Hader, “Saturday Night Live”
3. Jon Hamm, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”
4. Steve Buscemi, “Portlandia”
5. Bradley Whitford, “Transparent”
6. Nathan Lane, “Modern Family”

Next in line:
7. Martin Short, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”
8. Billy Bob Thornton, “The Big Bang Theory”
9. Josh Charles, “Inside Amy Schumer”
10. Mel Brooks, “The Comedians”

comedy guest actress

GUEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
1. Joan Cusack, “Shameless”
2. Tina Fey, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”
3. Christine Baranski, “The Big Bang Theory”
4. Rita Moreno, “Jane the Virgin”
5. Kathy Bates, “Mike and Molly”
6. Elizabeth Banks, “Modern Family”

Next in line:
7. Tyne Daly, “Modern Family”
8. Octavia Spencer, “Mom”
9. Carol Burnett, “Glee”
10. Kyra Sedgwick, “Brooklyn Nine Nine”

comedy directing

DIRECTING IN A COMEDY SERIES:
1. Modern Family, “Connection Lost”
2. Louie, “Sleepover”
3. Glee, “2009”
4. Veep, “Testimony”
5. Silicon Valley, “Two Days of the Condor”

Next in line:
6. Transparent, “Best New Girl”
7. Modern Family, “Won’t You Be Our Neighbor”
8. Parks and Recreation, “One Last Ride”
9. Episodes, “409”
10. Grace and Frankie, “The End”

comedy writing

WRITING IN A COMEDY SERIES
1. Louie, “Bobby’s House”
2. Veep, “Election Night”
3. Episodes, “409”
4. Transparent, “Pilot”
5. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, “Kimmy Goes Outside”

Next in line:
6. Silicon Valley, “Two Days of Condor”
7. Parks and Recreation, “One Last Ride”
8. Modern Family, “Connection Lost”
9. Community, “Emotional Consequences of Broadcast Television”
10. Jane the Virgin, “Chapter One”

limited series

LIMITED SERIES
1. Olive Kitteridge
2. The Honorable Woman
3. American Horror Story: Freak Show
4. American Crime
5. Wolf Hall

Next in Line:
6. 24: Live Another Day
7. Texas Rising
8. The Casual Vacancy
9. Houdini
10. The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe

tv movie

TV MOVIE:
1. Bessie
2. Nightengale
3. Derek: The Final Chapter
4. Killing Jesus
5. Worricker

Next in line:
6. A Poet In New York
7. Grace of Monaco
8. Stockholm, Pennsylvania
9. Curtain: Poirot’s Last Case
10. Foyle’s War

longform actor

LEAD ACTOR, TV MOVIE/LIMITED SERIES
1. Richard Jenkins, “Olive Kitteridge”
2. David Oyelowo, “Nightengale”
3. Ricky Gervais, “Derek: The Final Chapter”
4. Adrien Brody, “Houdini”
5. Mark Rylance, “Wolf Hall”
6. Kiefer Sutherland, “24: Live Another Day”

Next in line:
7. Timothy Hutton, “American Crime”
8. Bill Paxton, “Texas Rising”
9. Bill Nighy, “Worricker”
10. James Corden, “The Wrong Mans”

longform actress

LEAD ACTRESS, TV MOVIE/LIMITED SERIES
1. Frances McDormand, “Olive Kitteridge”
2. Maggie Gyllenhaal, “The Honorable Woman”
3. Queen Latifah, “Bessie”
4. Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story: Freak Show”
5. Felicity Huffman, “American Crime”
6. Nicole Kidman, “Grace of Monaco”

Next in line:
7. Frances O’Connor, “The Missing”
8. Helena Bonham Carter, “Worricker”
9. Anna Gunn, “Gracepoint”
10. Kelli Garner, “The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe”

longform supp actor

SUPPORTING ACTOR, TV MOVIE/LIMITED SERIES
1. Bill Murray, “Olive Kitteridge”
2. Stephen Rea, “The Honorable Woman”
3. Jonathan Pryce, “Wolf Hall”
4. Michael Chiklis, “American Horror Story: Freak Show”
5. Ralph Fiennes, “Worricker”
6. Michael Kenneth Williams, “Bessie”

Next in line:
7. Damian Lewis, “Wolf Hall”
8. Frank Langella, “Grace of Monaco”
9. Oliver Martinez, “Texas Rising”
10. Tim Roth, “Grace of Monaco”

longform supp actress

SUPPORTING ACTRESS, TV MOVIE/LIMITED SERIES
1. Sarah Paulson, “American Horror Story: Freak Show”
2. Mo’nique, “Bessie”
3. Kathy Bates, “American Horror Story: Freak Show”
4. Janet McTeer, “The Honorable Woman”
5. Susan Sarandon, “The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe”
6. Judy Davis, “Worricker”

Next in line:
7. Regina King, “American Crime”
8. Khandi Alexander, “Bessie”
9. Angela Bassett, “American Horror Story: Freak Show”
10. Zoe Kazan, “Olive Kitteridge”

longform writing

WRITING IN A TV MOVIE/MINISERIES
1. Olive Kitteridge
2. Bessie
3. The Honorable Woman
4. Derek: The Final Chapter
5. Wolf Hall
6. Nightingale

Next in line:
7. American Horror Story: Freak Show, “Monsters Among Us”
8. American Crime: Episode One
9. Killing Jesus
10. Texas Rising, Night 1

longform directing

DIRECTING IN A TV MOVIE/MINISERIES
1. Olive Kitteridge
2. The Honorable Woman
3. Bessie
4. Nightengale
5. Wolf Hall
6. 24: Live Another Day

Next in line:
7. American Horror Story: Freak Show, “Monsters Among Us”
8. Derek: The Final Chapter
9. The Casual Vacancy
10. American Crime, “Episode One”

reality comp

REALITY SHOW/COMPETITION:
1. The Amazing Race
2. The Voice
3. Top Chef
4. Dancing with the Stars
5. Project Runway
6. So You Think You Can Dance

Next in line:
7. Rupaul’s Drag Race
8. Hollywood Game Night
9. Survivor
10. American Idol

reality comp host

REALITY SHOW/COMPETITION HOST:
1. Jane Lynch, “Hollywood Game Night”
2. Anthony Bourdain, “The Taste”
3. Heidi Klum, Tim Gunn, “Project Runway”
4. Cat Deeley, “So You Think You Can Dance”
5. Tom Bergeron, “Dancing with the Stars”
6. Phil Keoghan, “The Amazing Race”

Next in line:
7. Rupaul Charles, “Rupaul’s Drag Race”
8. Carson Daly, “The Voice”
9. Padma Lakshmi, Tom Colicchio, “Top Chef”
10. Jeff Probst, “Survivor”

variety talk

VARIETY TALK SERIES:
1. The Colbert Report
2. The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
3. Late Show with David Letterman
4. The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
5. Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
6. Real Time with Bill Maher

Next in line:
7. Jimmy Kimmel Live!
8. Late Late Show with James Corden

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38th Gawad Urian Winner Predictions   Leave a comment

Probably the only remaining legit among the traditional awards ceremonies (sorry Golden Screen Awards), the Manunuri will be handling out their picks from the best of 2014 cinema in two days. And just like what I did last year where I got 7/12 of my predictions correct, I’ll throw my hunch on who’ll be winning the Gawad Urian for this year!

best pic

BEST PICTURE:
“Barber’s Tales”
“Bwaya”
“Dagitab”
“Mula sa Kung Ano ang Noon”

Unlike last year when it’s an easy given that Norte is so winning the top award, this year is much more difficult to pin. These four films have amassed a total of 42 nominations, so to say that the Manunuri loved them equally is just. I would have picked Mula sa Kung Ano Ang Noon in a heartbeat especially after its Locarno victory, but if we have to base at Urian’s recent history, they’re all after spreading the wealth. So a Lav film winning back to back might be of a disadvantage. But then again, it’s not easy to dismiss any of these four films. The funny thing is a lot of these films remind me of the recent winners in this category. Just like 2012 Best Picture winner “Ang Paglalakabay ng Mga Bituin sa Gabing Madilim“, both Bwaya an Barber’s Tales represent a bigger political statement which the Manunuri can find relevant. If not that, then the poetic nature of Dagitab can follow the footsteps of 2011 winner “Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa.” It’s really anybody’s ballgame, but if I have to make a prediction, I’ll go with Jun Lana’s film as my prediction.

Prediction: Barber’s Tales
Alternate: 
Bwaya

best director

BEST DIRECTOR:
Giancarlo Abraham (“Dagitab”)
Lav Diaz (“Mula sa Kung Ano ang Noon”)
Jun Lana (“Barber’s Tales”)
Jason Paul Laxamana (“Magkakabaung”)
Francis Xavier Pasion (“Bwaya”)
Kanakan Balintagos (“Esprit de Corps”)

No director has ever won in this category’s history for a film that wasn’t nominated for Best Picture so that tends to affect both Jason Paul Laxamana and Kanakan Balintagos’ chances here. And as last year proved, when one of the only two Urian-less directors managed to end up winning the category, the Urian loves to spread its wealth. Thus, I’m checking off Lav Diaz. I think Giancarlo Abraham has a better chance of winning in Screenplay, so that leaves me with Jun Lana and Francis Pasion, Pasion has won Screenplay in 2008 for Jay, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Urian puts him in the big leagues and go with a Barber’s/Bwaya Picture-Director split especially since the last two years have been split too. That said, I’ll stick with a Jun Lana win here to match with my predicted Best Picture win for Barber’s Tales.

Prediction: Jun Lana, “Barber’s Tales” 
Alternate: 
Francis Pasion, “Bwaya

best actor

BEST ACTOR:
Robert Arevalo (“Hari ng Tondo”)
Noni Buencamino (“Dagitab”)
Allen Dizon (“Magkakabaung”)
JM de Guzman (“That Thing Called Tadhana”)
Sandino Martin (“Esprit de Corps”)
Robin Padilla (“Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo”)
Arnold Reyes (“Kasal”)
Jericho Rosales (“Red”)
JC Santos (“Esprit de Corps”)
Dennis Trillo (“The Janitor”)

There seems to be a number of overdue actors here, but first, let’s eliminate those previous winners who aren’t likely to pull off a repeat win that quick. 2005 winner Robin Padilla (whose nomination this year still makes no sense to me) and 2012 winner Jericho Rosales seem filler nominations this year. Both Esprit de Corps actors are likely to split votes which doesn’t bode well for their chances. Then we have Robert Arevalo on his fifth career nod, Noni Buencamino on his fourth, and JM de Guzman and Dennis Trillo on their third tries. I see a possibility for Arnold Reyes to win this one, but if I have to choose I’d place my bets on one time nominee Allen Dizon who’s just on a roll these last few months sweeping off Best Actor trophies both here and in the international scene. If not him, then maybe a make up win for Dennis Trillo. Remember when he was thisclose to pull off the grandslam in 2004 for Aishite Imasu after sweeping the Star Awards, FAMAS, and Luna only to be spoiled by Wendell Ramos at the Urian the last minute? This can be their atonement for him.

Prediction: Allen Dizon, “Magkakabaung” 
Alternate: 
Dennis Trillo, “The Janitor

best actress

BEST ACTRESS:
Nora Aunor (“Dementia”)
Angeli Bayani (“Bwaya”)
Ai Ai De las Alas (“Ronda”)
Eugene Domingo (“Barber’s Tales”)
Hazel Orencio (“Mula sa Kung Ano ang Noon”)
Angelica Panganiban (“The Thing Called Tadhana”)
Eula Valdez (“Dagitab”)
Nova Villa (“1st Ko si 3rd”)

Can this be the year when Nora Aunor finally ties current leader Vilma Santos’ record of most number of Urian Best Actress wins with 7? With Aunor being the recipient of the Natatangiang Gawad Urian, methinks the answer is no and that they’ll likely wait for another year to do that. Considering they are their film’s sole nods, I think the nomination is the reward for both Aiai delas Alas and Nova Villa. It’s quite a feat that all four Best Picture nominees have their leading ladies contending in this category as well, so that puts them on equal footing, if not only current Best Actress Angeli Bayani is gunning for a back to back win here. That said, Eugene Domingo is in her fifth nomination and this can be the perfect vehicle for her to take the trophy. After all, this is a departure from her usual nominated comedic performances. And then there’s Angelica Panganiban. It felt like in Angelica’s case, getting the nomination is the biggest hurdle. Will the Manunuri go for her light fared performance? The answer was yes, and this can be a rehash of 2011 when they gave a relatively younger actress the Urian (Maja Salvador). In the end, I’d give the odds to Eugene Domingo, but I won’t be surprised to hear Angelica’s name come awards night.

Prediction: Eugene Domingo, “Barber’s Tales”
Alternate: 
Angelica Panganiban, “That Thing Called Tadhana”

best supp actor

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR:
Nico Antonio (“Red”)
Roeder Camañag (“Mula sa Kung Ano ang Noon”)
Martin del Rosario (“Dagitab”)
Joel Lamangan (“Violator”)
Nicco Manalo (“Barber’s Tales”)
Karl Medina (“Bwaya”)
Jess Mendoza (“Mauban: Ang Resiko”)
Noel Santodomingo (“Mula sa Kung Ano ang Noon”)

First off, apologies for the lack of Noel Santodomingo photo. I really can’t find one and it has took me hours already trying to search for it. Moving on, the Urian Best Supporting Actor is the counterpart of the Oscar Best Actress one, I must say. If the Oscars love its Best Actress young and pretty, this category has been the home of relatively young actors. Since 2000, the category has rewarded Jeffrey Quizon (in 2000), Piolo Pascual (2002), Ketchup Eusebio (2005), Rafael Rossell (2006), Coco Martin (2008), Joem Bascon (2010), and current winner Junjun Qintana (2013). Thus, for the shallowest reasons, I predict Martin del Rosario to win this one. After all, Dagitab is bound to win at least one acting award no? So maybe this is where it happens. if not him, then maybe Joel Lamangan gets his first Urian acting win via Violator.

Prediction: Martin del Rosario, “Dagitab
Alternate: 
Joel Lamangan, “Violator

best supp actress

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS:
Shamaine Buencamino (“Barber’s Tales”)
Iza Calzado (“Barber’s Tales”)
Alessandra de Rossi (“Mauban: Ang Resiko”)
Barbie Forteza (“Marquina”)
Karenina Haniel (“Mula sa Kung Ano ang Noon”)
Gladys Reyes (“Magkakabaung”)
Gloria Sevilla (“M: Mother’s Maiden Name”)

The past two years made it easy to guess the winner considering that both Alessandra de Rossi and Angel Aquino were double nominated in this category. That’s why I’m a bit surprised that Gladys Reyes wasn’t considering the amount of love the acting from Barber’s Tales received. Maybe Barbie Forteza wins it, though the Urian hasn’t awarded a young actress here since Serena Dalrymple in 1998 and she was even younger. Iza and Alessandra both have won already, and Shamaine Buencamino is the only multiple nominee who hasn’t won yet. I guess I’ll go with Karenina Haniel here, whose role also stands out among the rest of the pack.

Prediction: Karenina Haniel, “Mula sa Kung Ano Ang Noon
Alternate: 
Barbie Forteza, “Mariquina

And as for the rest of the categories…

SCREENPLAY:
Prediction:
Giancarlo Abrahan, “Dagitab”
Alternate:
Jun Lana, “Barber’s Tales

PRODUCTION DESIGN:
Prediction: Chito Sumera, “Barber’s Tales
Alternate: Hal Balbuena, “Esprit de Corps”

CINEMATOGRAPHY:
Prediction: Neil Daza, “Bwaya
Alternate: Rommel Sales, “Dagitab

MUSIC:
Prediction: Jesse Lucas, “Alienasyon
Alternate: Mon Espia, “Dagitab

EDITING:
Prediction: Carlo Manatad, “Bwaya”
Alternate: Lav Diaz, “Mula sa Kung Ano Ang Noon

SOUND:
Prediction: Mark Locsin, “Mula sa Kung Ano Ang Noon”
Alternate: Corrine de San Jose, “Violator

The 38th Gawad Urian Awards will be shown live on Tuesday, June 16 over at Cinema One.

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Posted June 14, 2015 by Nicol Latayan in Uncategorized