The society of respected film critics that hands out the annual Gawad Urian in cinematic excellence

2009 Gawad Urian nominees announced

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THE MANUNURI ng Pelikulang Pilipino, the society of respected film critics, has announced the nominees for the 32nd annual Gawad Urian for excellence in filmmaking. Winners will be announced in colorful award ceremonies on September 19 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

Nominated for best picture are:

  • Francis Xavier Pasion’s Jay – about a tv journalist who, in seeking to tell the real story behind the killing of a closet homosexual, proceeds to cut corners and embellish the story.
  • Brillante Mendoza’s Serbis – the first Filipino film in 25 year’s to break into the Cannes International Film Festival (in 2008). It is about the decline of a family as reflected in a rundown town cinemahouse they run which shows cheap sex films.
  • Arnel Mardoquio’s Hunghong sa Yuta – about war and peace in Mindanao as seen through the eyes of deaf-mute children
  • Lav Diaz’s Melancholia – an eight-hour pastoral meditation on love, life and suffering
  • Ellen Ongkeko-Marfil’s Boses – about how an abused child is rehabilitated through the power of music.
  • Sherad Anthony Sanchez’s Imburnal – a bucolic but mordant romp through the dirty creeks and grimy alleys of Davao City.
  • Richard Somes’s Yanggaw – about a poor Negros family’s devastation after they start to believe that their daughter has become an “asuwang” (creature of the netherworld).

The nominees are:

Best sound: Hunghong sa Yuta, Serbis (Emmanuel Nolet Clemente), Ploning (Albert Michael idioma), Yanggaw (Romy Lopez and Eduardo Velasques), Boses (Allan Hilado), Adela (Ditoy Aguila and Mark Locsin), Melancholia (Jay Ramirez)

Best music: Boses (Jourdann Petalver), Konsyerto, Ploning (Jessie Lasaten), Imburnal (Eric Gancio), Brutus (Joey Ayala), Yanggaw (Von de Guzman), Kolorete (Diwa de Leon), Hunghong sa Yuta (Popong Landero)

Best editing: Jay (Chuck Guttierez, Francis Xavier Pasion, and Kats Serraon), Huling Pasada (Maui Mauricio and Jesson Yap), Serbis (Claire Villa-Real), Yanggaw (Borgy Torre), 100 (Ike Veneracion), Motorcycle (Ria de Guzman), Ploning (Danny Anonuevo), Imburnal (Sherad Anthony Sanchez)

Best cinematography: Yanggaw (Herman Claraval and Lyle Sacris), Serbis (Odyssey Flores), Jay (Carlo Mendoza), Huling Pasada (Dan Villegas), Ploning (Charlie Peralta), Melancolia, Boses (Nap Jamir), Imburnal (Jase Bagqane Fiola, Joel Geolamen, Mark Limbaga and John Torres), Adela (Albert Banzon), Brutus (Jay Abello), Hunghong sa Yuta (Egay Navarro)

Best production design: Melancholia (Lav Diaz), Yanggaw (Donald Russ Camon and Michal N. Espanol), Jay (Joy Puntawe), Baby Angelo (Cristina Honrado), Serbis (Benjamin Padero and Carlo Tabije), Hunghong sa Yuta, Ploning (Raymund George Fernandez), Imburnal (Joel Geolamen)

Best supporting actress: Tessie Tomas, 100; Katherine Luna, Imoral; Techie Agbayani and Aleera Montalla, Yanggaw; Flor Salanga, Jay; Agot Isidro, Huling Pasada

Best supporting actor: Coco Martin, Jay; Julio Diaz, Serbis; Yul Servo, Brutus; Roeder Camanag, Melancholia; Archie Aleman, Baby Angelo

Best actress: Mylene Dizon, 100; Judy Ann Santos, Ploning; Gina Pareno and Jaclyn Jose, Serbis; Angeli Bayani, Melancholia; Rhea Medina, Brutus; Boots Anson Roa, Lovebirds; Anita Linda, Adela

Best actor: Baron Geisler, Jay; Julian Duque, Boses; Coco Martin and Paulo Rivero, Daybreak; Ronnie Lazaro, Yanggaw; Timothy Mabalot, Brutus; Perry Dizon, Melancholia; Neil Ryan See, Huling Pasada

Best screenplay: Richard V. Somes and Dwight Gaston, Yanngaw; Francis Xavier Pasion, Jay; Armando Lao and Boots Agbayani Pastor, Serbis; Lav Diaz, Melancholia; Arnel Mardoquio, Hunghong sa Yuta; Froilan Medina and Rody Vera, Boses

Best director: Arnel Mardoquio, Hunghong sa Yuta; Sherad Anthony Sanchez, Imburnal; Richard Somes, Yanggaw; Francis Xavier Pasion, Jay; Tara Illenberger, Brutus; Lav Diaz, Melancholia; Brillante Mendoza, Serbis; Ellen Ongkeko-Marfil, Boses; Adolfo Alix Jr., Imoral

Best picture: Jay (Cinemalaya), Serbis (Centerstage Productions); Hunghong sa Yuta (Brothers of the Sacred Heart Youth Ministry); Melancholia (Sine Olivia); Boses (Casa San Miguel); Imburnal (Cinemaone Original and Creative Programs); Yanggaw (Cinemaone Originals and Creative Programs)

The Manunuri is chaired by Rolando Tolentino, dean of the UP College of Mass Communication. Vice-chair is Gigi Javier, chancellor of the UP Open University. Members are Nicanor Tiongson, former artistic director of the CCP and chairman of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board; National Artist for Literature Bienvenido Lumbera; Mario Hernando, Sunday Malaya editor and MTRCB member; Mike Rapatan of De la Salle University; columnist and television personality Butch Francisco; Lito Zulueta, Inquirer editor and faculty member at the University of Santo Tomas; and Benilda Santos and Tito Valiente of the Ateneo de Manila University.