Critically acclaimed independent film director Lav Diaz’s Mula Sa Kung Ano Ang Noon emerged victorious at the 38th Gawad Urian, bagging a total of four major awards from the Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino, just as he did the previous year with Norte, Hangganan ng Kasaysayan.
Mula Sa Kung Ano Ang Noon from Sine Olivia Pilipinas won Best Film and Best Screenplay, while Diaz received the awards for Best Director and Best Editing. The film presents how life changed for a community in a remote barrio when the late former President Ferdinand Marcos proclaimed Martial Law in the 1970s.
Besides Diaz’s coup, another highlight of this year’s Urian was when the one and only “Superstar” of Philippine Movies Nora Aunor received the Natatanging Gawad Urian, which serves as the award-giving body’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
The multi-awarded actress was speechless and emotional onstage when her good friend, film director Brillante Mendoza handed her the coveted trophy.
“Sa Malaysia, hindi naman ako ganito!” the actress exclaimed, referring to the 2015 ASEAN International Film Fes-tival and Awards where she was also re-cognized with a lifetime achievement award.
Moved to tears, the Superstar, whose most recent movie Taklub had a successful screening in May’s Cannes Film Festival, vowed in her speech, “Gusto kong gumawa ng mga pelikulang makapagbibigay po ng aral sa ating mga kabataan sa kasalukuyan. At ito po ay sasabihin ko sa inyo, makakaasa po kayo, hinding-hindi po ako mapapagod.”
The award was more than enough for Aunor who lost the evening’s Best Actress trophy to Eula Valdez for her role in Dagitab. The Superstar was nominated for Dementia.
Valdez also turned emotional over her unexpected win. “Hindi talaga ako nag-e-expect. Hindi ako nag-prepare ng speech . . . ng kahit ano. Oo, hanggang ngayon, hindi ako makapaniwala,” she grasped for words.
Dagitab’s Martin Del Rosario was also named Best Supporting Actor, while Magkakabaung bagged the Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress awards for the performances of Allen Dizon and Gladys Reyes, respectively.
Again, indie films dominated the slate of winners of the Gawad Urian, with the rest of the winners as follows: Neil Diaz (Bwaya) for Best Cinematography; Popo Diaz (Dementia) for Best Production De-sign; Erwin Fajardo (Bwaya) for Best Mu-sic; Corinne de San Jose (Violator) for Best Sound, Kinabukasan by Adolf Alix Jr. for Best Short Film; and Walang Rape sa Bontoc by Lester Valle for Best Documentary.