Films reviewed for the 2017 awards ought to cover those exhibited on a commercial from January up to the cut-off date of December 31, 2016 which includes movies shown during the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) even if on extended run past the Christmas season.
Except for the newly formed Eddys Awards initiated by newspaper entertainment editors whose awards rites is set on July 9, the rest of the three major award-giving bodies—the Philippine Movie Press Club (PMPC) Star Awards for Movies, the Luna Awards of the Film Academy of the Philippines (FAP, and FAMAS—have yet to disclose their schedule.
Last year was relatively considered an impressive harvest of good movies churned out from both the mainstream and indie productions. Some of these memorable films were reviewed by the FAP’s Oscars Committee. “Dukot” by Paul Soriano, “Pamilya Ordinaryo” by Eduardo Roy Jr., “Tuos” by Roderick Cabrido, “Ang Hapis at Himagsik Ni Hermano Puli” by Gil Portes, “Ma’ Rosa” by Brillante Mendoza, and Lav Diaz’s “Ang Babaeng Humayo” may be worthy of an award or two.
Dukot was Soriano’s first attempt at doing an action thriller. Two relatively new actors lead Pamilya Ordinaryo –Hasmine Killip and Ronwaldo Martin; while in Tuos, La Aunor plays grandmother to Barbie Forteza. Hermano Puli has Aljur Abrenica playing the title role and Portes’ second to the last film before he kicked the bucket.
Ma’ Rosa, picked out for the Oscars and which won Best Actress for Jaclyn Jose at Cannes, however, did not make it to the Foreign Language Category.
Last year’s MMFF also had its share of good harvest, namely, “Sunday Beauty Queen” by Baby Ruth Villarama, “Seklusyon” by Erik Matti, “Vince & Kath & James” by Theodore Boborol, “Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank 2” by Marlon Rivera, “Saving Sally” by Avid Liongoren” and “Die Beautiful” by Jun Robles Lana, “Oro” by Alvin Yapan, and “Kabisera” by Real Florido and Arturo San Agustin.
Sunday Beauty Queen and Saving Sally took about years to finish. Boborol, meanwhile, put on a thespic jugular the talent of Joshua Garcia and Julia Barretto. Die Beautiful made Paolo Ballesteros a certified actor. Kabisera, according to film critic Tony Aguilar, was the most overlooked film at the MMFF. It did not get any award but Nora might yet pull a surprise in other award-giving bodies. Oro, despite its controversy, is in Caveat’s list.
Lording over the list of mainstream harvest of impressive films is Joyce Bernal’s “Everything About Her” with Vilma Santos in the lead. Vilma might also pull a surprise in other award-giving bodies. Jaclyn Jose, Judy Ann Santos, and Charo Santos are equally deserving, and even Hasmine for that matter. To stretch the imagination, Vilma and Nora might just get a tie in an award-giving body.
Topping the indie list are “Toto,” “Anino Sa Likod Ng Buwan,” “Kusina,” “Patay Na Si Jesus,” “1st Sem,” “Area,” “MRS,” “Ignacio De Loyola,” “ Ned’s Project,” and “Pauwi Na.”