• 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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