Saturday, February 27, 2010

New Arrival

The Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino has announced their nominees for the 33rd Gawad Urian.

best picture:

The Arrival
Baseco Bakal Boys

Hospital Boat
Last Supper No. 3
Ang Panggagahasa kay Fe

best director:

John Steffan Ballesteros for Colorum
Pepe Diokno for Engkwentro
Ralston Jover for Baseco Bakal Boys
Erik Matti for The Arrival
Arnel Mardoquio for Hospital Boat

Brillante Mendoza for Kinatay
Brillante Mendoza for Lola
Raymond Red for Himpapawid
GB Sampedro for Astig
Veronica Velasco for Last Supper No. 3
Alvin Yapan for Ang Panggagahasa kay Fe

best screenplay:

Linda Casimiro for Lola
Pepe Diokno for Engkwentro
Christopher Gozum for Anacbanua
Armando Lao for Biyaheng Lupa
Armando Lao for Kinatay

Erik Matti for The Arrival
Raymond Red for Himpapawid
Veronica Velasco and Jinky Laurel for Last Supper No. 3
Alvin Yapan for Ang Panggagahasa kay Fe

best actor:

Raul Arellano in Himpapawid
Allen Dizon in Dukot
Dwight Gaston in The Arrival
John Lloyd Cruz in In My Life
Coco Martin in Kinatay

Joey Paras in Last Supper No. 3
Felix Roco in Engkwentro
Alfred Vargas in Colorum
Lou Veloso in Colorum
Jacky Woo in Walang Hanggang Paalam

best actress:

Irma Adlawan in Ang Panggagahasa kay Fe
Janice de Belen in Last Viewing
Iza Calzado in Dukot
Rustica Carpio in Lola
Eugene Domingo in Kimmy/Dora

Anita Linda in Lola
Che Ramos in Mangatyanan
Rosanna Roces in Wanted Border
Vilma Santos in In My Life
Tessie Tomas in Sanglaan

best supporting actor:

John Arcilla in Himpapawid
Dennis Ascalon in The Arrival
Soliman Cruz in Himpapawid
Milton Dionson in The Arrival
Jose Ma. Javellana in Colorum

John Regala in Kinatay
Jake Roxas in Walang Hanggang Paalam
Ariel Ureta in

best supporting actress:

Gina Alajar in Dukot
Glaiza de Castro in Astig
Jea Lyka Cinco in Hospital Boat
Maria Isabel Lopez in Kinatay
Gina Pareno in Baseco Bakal Boys

Marissa Sue Prado in Himpapawid
Miriam Quiambao in Kimmy/Dora
Dimples Romana in In My Life

The awards will be presented April 29 at Cine Adarna of the University of the Philippines (Diliman).

The current chair of the Manunuri is Dr. Roland Tolentino. The members are Grace Javier Alfonso, Butch Francisco, Mario Hernando, Bienvenido Lumbera, Mike Rapatan, Benilda Santos, Nicanor Tiongson, Tito Genova Valiente, and Lito Zulueta.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

No Tank

The winners of the Orange British Academy Film Awards on Sunday:

best film-
The Hurt Locker
best British film-
Fish Tank
best film not in the English language-
A Prophet
best director- Kathryn Bigelow for
The Hurt Locker

best original screenplay-
The Hurt Locker
best adapted screenplay-
Up in the Air

best actor- Colin Firth in
A Single Man
best actress- Carey Mulligan in
An Education
best supporting actor- Christoph Waltz in
Inglourious Basterds
best supporting actress- Mo'Nique in
Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire

best cinematography-
The Hurt Locker
best editing-
The Hurt Locker
best production design-
best costume design-
The Young Victoria
best makeup and hair-
The Young Victoria
best sound-
The Hurt Locker
best visual effects-
best music- Michael Giacchino for

best animated feature-
best short film-
I Do Air
best short animation-
Mother of Many

best British debut- Duncan Jones, director of
rising star- Kristen Stewart

outstanding British contribution to cinema- Joe Dunton, camera technician
Academy fellowship- Vanessa Redgrave

Tuesday, February 9, 2010


The nominees for the Laurence Olivier theater awards have been announced.

The finalists are:

best new play-

The Mountaintop

best new musical-

Dreamboats and Petticoats
Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
Sister Act
Spring Awakening

best new comedy-

Calendar Girls
England People Very Nice
Parlour Song
The Priory

best actor-

James Earl Jones in
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Jude Law in
James McAvoy in
Three Days of Rain
Mark Rylance in
Ken Stott in
A View from the Bridge
Samuel West in

best actress-

Gillian Anderson in
A Doll's House
Lorraine Burroughs in
The Mountaintop
Imelda Staunton in
Entertaining Mr. Sloane
Juliet Stevenson in
Duet for One Rachel Weisz in A Streetcar Named Desire

Spring Awakening led the nominations with seven nods, followed by Enron and Jerusalem with six apiece.

Some other notable nominees are:

Keira Knightley, in the supporting actress division for
The Misanthrope

Rowan Atkinson (yes, Mr. Bean!), in the best actor division for

Melanie Chisholm (yes, Spice Girl Mel C), in the best actress in a musical category for
Blood Brothers

The awards, given for excellence in theater (opera, musicals, and opera) in England, will be presented on March 21.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

10 for 2010

The nominees for the 82nd annual Academy Awards were announced last night (Manila time). The nominees are:

best picture: Avatar, The Blind Side, District 9, An Education, The Hurt Locker, Inglourious Basterds, Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire, A Serious Man, Up, Up in the Air

best director: Kathryn Bigelow for "The Hurt Locker"; James Cameron for "Avatar"; Lee Daniels for "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire"; Jason Reitman for "Up in the Air"; Quentin Tarantino for "Inglourious Basterds"

best original screenplay: Mark Boal for "The Hurt Locker"; Quentin Tarantino for "Inglourious Basterds"; Alessandro Camon and Oren Moverman for "The Messenger"; Joel Coen and Ethan Coen for "A Serious Man"; Bob Peterson, Pete Docter, and Tom McCarthy for "Up"

best adapted screenplay: Neill Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell for "District 9"; Nick Hornby for "An Education"; Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci, and Tony Roche for "In the Loop"; Geoffrey Fletcher for "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire"; Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner for "Up in the Air"

best actor: Jeff Bridges in "Crazy Heart"; George Clooney in "Up in the Air"; Colin Firth in "A Single Man"; Morgan Freeman in "Invictus"; Jeremy Renner in "The Hurt Locker"

best actress: Sandra Bullock in "The Blind Side"; Helen Mirren in "The Last Station"; Carey Mulligan in "An Education"; Gabourey Sidibe in "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire"; Meryl Streep in "Julie & Julia"

best supporting actor: Matt Damon in "Invictus"; Woody Harrelson in "The Messenger"; Christopher Plummer in "The Last Station"; Stanley Tucci in "The Lovely Bones"; Christoph Waltz in "Inglourious Basterds"

best supporting actress: Penelope Cruz in "Nine"; Vera Farmiga in "Up in the Air"; Maggie Gyllenhaal in "Crazy Heart"; Anna Kendrick in "Up in the Air"; Mo'Nique in "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire"

best foreign language film: "Ajami" (Israel); "El Secreto de Sus Ojos" (Argentina); "The Milk of Sorrow" (Peru); "Un Prophete" (France); "The White Ribbon" (Germany)

best animated feature film: "Coraline"; "Fantastic Mr. Fox"; "The Princess and the Frog"; "The Secret of Kells"; "Up"

best cinematography: "Avatar," "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," "The Hurt Locker," "Inglourious Basterds," "The White Ribbon"

best editing: "Avatar," "District 9," "The Hurt Locker," "Inglourious Basterds," "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire"

best art direction: "Avatar," "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus," "Nine," "Sherlock Holmes," "The Young Victoria"

best costume: "Bright Star," "Coco Before Chanel," "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus," "Nine," "The Young Victoria"

best makeup: "Il Divo," "Star Trek," "The Young Victoria"

best sound mixing: "Avatar," "The Hurt Locker," "Inglourious Basterds," "Star Trek," "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen"

best sound editing: "Avatar," "The Hurt Locker," "Inglourious Basterds," "Star Trek," "Up"

best visual effects: "Avatar," "District 9," "Star Trek"

best original score: James Horner (Avatar); Alexandre Desplat (Fantastic Mr. Fox); Marco Beltrami and Buck Sanders (The Hurt Locker); Hans Zimmer (Sherlock Holmes); Michael Giacchino (Up)

best original song:

"Almost There" from "The Princess and the Frog," Randy Newman;

"Down in New Orleans" from "The Princess and the Frog," Randy Newman;

"Loin de Paname" from "Paris 36," Reinhardt Wagner and Frank Thomas;

"Take It All" from "Nine," Maury Yeston;

"The Weary Kind (Theme from Crazy Heart)" from "Crazy Heart," Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett

best documentary feature: "Burma VJ," "The Cove," "Food, Inc." "The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers," "Which Way Home"

best documentary (short subject): "China's Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province," "The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner," "The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant," "Music by Prudence," "Rabbit a la Berlin"

best animated short film: "French Roast," "Granny O'Grimm's Sleeping Beauty," "The Lady and the Reaper (La Dama y la Muerte)," "Logorama," "A Matter of Loaf and Death"

best live action short film: "The Door," "Instead of Abracadabra," "Kavi," "Miracle Fish," "The New Tenants"

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

District Sci Fi

Here are my predictions for Oscar nominations to be announced tonight (Manila time):

best picture: Avatar; District 9; An Education; The Hurt Locker; Inglourious Basterds; Invictus; Precious; Star Trek; Up; Up in the Air

Commercial successes that can possibly sneak in: The Blind Side, The Hangover, and It's Complicated. The chances for Nine have been nil, and A Serious Man is a very long shot.

best director: Kathryn Bigelow for
The Hurt Locker; James Cameron for Avatar; Lee Daniels for Precious; Jason Reitman for Up in the Air; Quentin Tarantino for Inglourious Basterds

There has been a slight surge for Lone Scherfig for An Education, although that might not be enough. If it is, then that would mean two women will get nominated in this category in the same year. Neill Blomkamp (District 9) and Pete Docter (Up) are dark horses. Reitman might be passed over in this category.

best original screenplay: 500 Days of Summer; The Hurt Locker; Inglourious Basterds; A Serious Man; Up

Look for spoilers in Avatar and It's Complicated.

best adapted screenplay: District 9; An Education; In the Loop; Precious; Up in the Air

Fantastic Mr. Fox, Julie & Julia, or A Single Man might still make it.

best lead actor: Jeff Bridges in
Crazy Heart; George Clooney in Up in the Air; Colin Firth in A Single Man; Morgan Freeman in Invictus; Jeremy Renner in The Hurt Locker

There has been some support lately for Peter Sarsgaard (An Education), and it is too bad Ben Foster (The Messenger) has been left out of the race. If anyone is dropping out, that would be Freeman. But that would be unlikely because he is playing a political figure who is larger than life. How can the liberals resist?

best lead actress: Sandra Bullock in
The Blind Side; Helen Mirren in The Last Station; Carey Mulligan in An Education; Gabourey Sidibe in Precious; Meryl Streep in Julie & Julia

Watch out for a surprise from Emily Blunt (The Young Victoria).

best supporting actor: Matt Damon in
Invictus; Woody Harrelson in The Messenger; Christopher Plummer in The Last Station; Stanley Tucci in The Lovely Bones; Christoph Waltz in Inglourious Basterds

Possible entries: Christian McKay (Me and Orson Welles) and Alfred Molina (An Education).

best supporting actress: Penelope Cruz in
Nine; Vera Farmiga in Up in the Air; Anna Kendrick in Up in the Air; Mo'Nique in Precious; Julianne Moore in A Single Man

The tightest race this year.
Nine has been on a downward spiral, and it is possible Cruz will lose her spot to somebody like Maggie Gyllenhaal (Crazy Heart) or Samantha Morton (The Messenger). One of the ladies from Up in the Air may also have to yield her slot to someone from Inglourious Basterds- that's going to be Diane Kruger or Melanie Laurent.

Wouldn't that be nice? Seeing Sarsgaard and Gyllenhaal nominated in the same year?

best cinematography: Avatar; The Hurt Locker; Inglourious Basterds; Nine; White Ribbon

Robert Richardson (Inglourious Basterds) is the only American in this bunch.

best editing: Avatar; District 9; The Hurt Locker; A Serious Man; Up in the Air

best visual effects: Avatar; District 9; Star Trek

best art direction: Avatar; The Hurt Locker; Inglourious Basterds; The Lovely Bones; A Serious Man

best costume design: Coco Before Chanel; Julie & Julia; Nine; Sherlock Holmes; The Young Victoria