39th Gawad Urian announces nominees

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‘Honor They Father,’ ‘Da Dog Show’ earn 10 nominations each

The members of the Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino (MPP) together with Cinema One have announced the nominees for the 39th Gawad Urian Awards to be held on June 21 at the Kia Theater.

Present during the announcement on May 17 at ABS-CBN were Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino President Grace Alfonso and its members Mario Hernando, Nic Tiongson, and Tito Valiente.

The group also confirmed that cinematographer FAMAS Hall of Famer Romy Vitug is this year’s Natatanging Gawad Urian or Lifetime Achievement awardee.


Leading the nominees with 10 nominations including Best Picture and Best Direction are Erik Matti’s Honor Thy Father starring John Lloyd Cruz and Ralston Jover’s Da Dog Show starring Mercedes Cabral.

John Lloyd Cruz also got double nominations for Best Actor this year for his films Honor Thy Father and A Second Chance.

Jennylyn Mercado also got her first Best Actress nomination in Gawad Urian for the film Walang Forever.

Honor Thy Father and the “Da Dog Show” are followed closely by Jerrold Tarog’s Heneral Luna, Brillante Mendoza’s Taklub, Jun Lana’s Anino Sa Likod ng Buwan, and Carlo Encisco Catu’s ARI: My Life With A King. The four films are also in the race for Best Picture.

The Gawad Urian is the most esteemed film awards in the Philiippines. The nominees and winners are chosen by the Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino (MPP), a group that is composed of reputable pillars in Philippine cinema.

The MPP members are Rolando Tolentino, Grace Javier Alfonso, Butch Francisco, Mario Hernando, Bienvenido Lumbera, Miguel Rapatan, Benilda Santos, Dr. Nicanor Tiongson, Tito Genova Valiente, and Lito Zulueta.

The 39th Gawad Urian will be aired live on Cinema One.

The rest of the nominees for major categories are as follows:

BEST DIRECTOR
Da Dog Show—Ralston Jover
Heneral Luna—Jerrold Tarog
Taklub—Brilliante Mendoza
Anino sa Likod ng Buwan—Jun Lana
Honor thy Father—Erik Matti
Imbisibol—Lawrence Fajardo
ARI: My Life with a King—Carlo Enciso Catu
Bambanti—Zig Madamba Dulay
Apocalypse Child—Mario Cornejo
Balikbayan #1: Memories of Overdevelopment Redux III—Kidlat Tahimik

BEST ACTOR
John Arcilla, Heneral Luna
John Lloyd Cruz, Honor Thy Father
John Lloyd Cruz, A Second Chance
Ricky Davao, Dayang Asu
Jerikho Rosales, Walang Forever
Dennis Trillio, Felix Manalo
Sid Lucero, Apocalypse Child
Jun Jun Quintana, Water Lemon
Luis Alandy, Anino sa Likod ng Buwan
Anthony Falcon, Anino sa Likod ng Buwan
Francisco Guinto, ARI: My Life with a King
Lou Veloso, Da Dog Show

BEST ACTRESS
Nora Aunor, Taklub
Anika Dolonius, Apocalypse Child
LJ Reyes, Anino sa Likod ng Buwan
Angeli Bayani, Iisa
Alessandra de Rossi, Bambanti
Ces Quesada, Imbisibol
Jennilyn Mercado, Walang Forever
Mercedes Cabral, Da Dog Show

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Julio Diaz, Taklub
Lou Veloso, Taklub
Tirso Cruz III, Honor Thy Father
JM de Guzman, Imbisibol
Bernardo Bernardo, Imbisibol
Micko Laurente, Bambanti
RK Bagatsing, Apocalypse Child
Alion Ibanez, Da Dog Show

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Rio Locsin, Iisa
Anna Abad Santos, Apocalypse Child
Gwen Zamora, Apocalypse Child
Mylene Dizon, Heneral Luna
Tessie Tomas, Water Lemon
Liza Dinio, Toto
Cecil Yumol, ARI: My Life with a King

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