• Indies lead Gawad Urian nominees anew


    The nominees for the 40th Gawad Urian were officially announced this week with independent titles “Women of the Weeping River,” Ang Babaeng Humayo and Paglipay sweeping the most number of nominations for the major awards. Each movie garnered five nominations apiece.

    Women of the Weeping River was an official entry to the QCinema Film Festival while Paglipay competed in ToFarm Film Festival. Ang Babaeng Humayo, on the other hand, served as former actress-turned-top TV executive Charo Santos’ vehicle for a big screen comeback following her retirement on 2016. Directed by Lav Diaz, it won the coveted Golden Lion Award at the 73rd Venice International Film Festival.

    While Vilma Santos did not make it to the roster of Best Actress nominees, the Gawad Urian have chosen her to receive this year’s Natatanging Gaward Urian Lifetime Achievement Award.

    The nominees for the major categories are as follows:

    Best Picture
    Pamilya Ordinaryo, Paglipay, Ang Babaeng Humayo, Women of the Weeping River, “Ma Rosa,” and Baboy Halas

    Best Direction
    Brillante Mendoza (Ma Rosa); Eduardo Roy, Jr. (Pamilya Ordinaryo); Zig Madamba Dulay (Pag­lipay); Lav Diaz (Ang Babaeng Humayo); Bagane Fiola (Baboy Halas); Paolo Villaluna (Pauwi Na); Avid Liongoren (“Saving Sally”); Sheron Dayoc (Women of the Weeping River); Lemuel Lorca (“Ned’s Project”)

    Best Actor
    Tommy Abuel (Dagsin); Bembol Roco (Pauwi Na); Gerry Cabalic (Paglipay); Khalil Ramos (“2 Cool 2 Be 4gotten”); Paolo Ballesteros (“Die Beautiful”); Ronwaldo Martin (Pamilya Ordinaryo); Pepe Smith (“Singing in Graveyards”)

    Best Actress
    Nora Aunor (Hinulid); Lalila Ulao (Women of the Weeping River); Jaclyn Jose (Ma Rosa); Cherry Pie Picache (Pauwi Na); Ai Ai delas Alas (“Area”); Charo Santos (Ang Babaeng Humayo); Elizabeth Oropesa (“Mrs”); Irma Adlawan (Oro); Hasmine Kilip (Pamilya Ordinaryo); Angeli Bayani (Ned’s Project); Janine Gutierrez (Dagsin)

    Best Supporting Actor
    Taha Daranda (Women of the Weeping River); Christian Bables “Die Beautiful); Jess Mendoza (Hinulid); John Lloyd Cruz (Ang Babaeng Humayo); Nonie Buencamino (Ang Babaeng Humayo); Julio Diaz (Ma Rosa)

    Best Supporting Actress
    Rhed Bustamante (Seklusyon); Barbie Forteza (Tuos); Sharifa Pearlsia Ali-Dans (Women of the Weeping River); Anna Luna (Paglipay); Joan Dela Cruz (Paglipay); Lui Manansala (Ned’s Project); Lotlot de Leon (Mrs); Meryll Soriano (Pauwi Na)

    Gawad Urian’s awards night will be held in August.



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