Nora Aunor or Vilma Santos as 1st Eddys Best Actress?

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RICKY CALDERON

Based on the comments in an entertainment portal on the upcoming 1st Entertainment Editors Movie Awards, it seems like the Best Actress award is a toss between Nora Aunor and Vilma Santos.

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The rivalry between the two icons will surely be revived at the Eddys—the awards’ catchy nickname—with their respective fans already cheering their idols to win—Nora for “Tuos” and Vilma for “Everything About Her.”

The rest of the nominees in the category are Jaclyn Jose (“Ma’ Rosa”), Hasmine Killip (“Pamilya Ordinaryo”), Ai Ai delas Alas (“Area”), Rhian Ramos (“Saving Sally”) and Charo Santos (“Ang Babaeng Humayo”) and also got their fair share of approval. Nevertheless, it was Nora and Vilma who elicited the most excitement.

The announcement of the Best Actress winner is always the most anticipated moment in any local awards night, and The Eddys’ was held by the Society of Philippine Entertainment Editors [SPEEd] on June 10 at the Valencia events place of Regal Entertainment producer Mother Lily Monteverde.

It’s the Superstar versus the Star For All Seasons (left, below)

Viva Entertainment on the other hand is producing the show on July 9 at the Kia Theater, which will have a delayed telecast by 10 pm on ABS-CBN with Edu and Luis Manzano as hosts. It is interesting to note that this is the first time for the father-and-son to share hosting duties.

The Eddys is the SPEEd’s way of encouraging Filipino filmmakers, producers, writers, actors, and other allied artists in the Philippine movie industry to continue pursuing their passion of creating films that mirror the realities of our society.

“The awards night is one of SPEEd’s vision as a group. Even before the editors found themselves in a bond and formed the society, several of us have been imagining a day when we will hand out awards to the most deserving individuals or groups in the entertainment industry,” said SPEEd President Isah Red, who is currently Manila Standards’ Lifestyle and Entertainment editor.

Heading the list of contenders is the gay-themed movie “Die Beautiful” with 13 nominations, including Best Film, Best Director (Jun Lana), Best Actor (Paolo Ballesteros), Best Supporting Actor (Joel Torre and Christian Bables), and Best Supporting Actress (Gladys Reyes).

Picking up 12 nominations each were Cinemalaya 2016 big winner Pamilya Ordinaryo and the Vilma Santos-starrer Everything About Her and the animated movie “Saving Sally.”

Pamilya Ordinaryo earned nods for Best Film, Best Director (Eduardo Roy Jr.), Best Actress, Best Actor (Ronwaldo Martin), Best Supporting Actress (Maria Isabel Lopez), Best Supporting Actor (Moira Lang), Best Original Story, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, Best Sound Design, and Best Editing.

The Star Cinema-produced Everything About Her got nominations for Best Film, Best Director (Joyce Bernal), Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress (Angel Locsin), Best Supporting Actor (Xian Lim), Best Original Story, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Music Design, Best Production Design, Best Sound Design, and Best Editing.

Saving Sally got nods for Best Film, Best Director (Avid Liongoren), Best Actress, Best Actor (Enzo Marcos), Best Original Story, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Music Design, Best Production Design, Best Sound Design, Best Editing and is the lone nominee for Best Theme Song.

Lav Diaz’s four-hour epic Ang Babaeng Humayo picked up nominations for Best Film, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor (John Lloyd Cruz), Best Original Story, Best Screenplay, Best Production Design, and Best Sound Design.

Also nominated were Barbie Forteza as Best Supporting Actress for Tuos, Daniel Padilla as Best Actor for “Barcelona: A Love Untold,” and Dingdong Dantes as Best Actor for “The Unmarried Wife.”

Isah said the group is prepared for any reactions, good or bad, with regard to their list of nominees.

“We cannot please everybody but we are ready to accept whatever reactions that will come our way. We know that not everyone will be happy with our choices. But we will cross the bridge when we get there,” he added.

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