LIST: Winners, CineFilipino Film Festival 2018

The winners of CineFilipino Film Festival 2018 were announced May 12 at the KIA Theatre in Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City. (READ: Guide to CineFilipino 2018)

Here is the full list of CineFilipino 2018 winners:

CineFilipino 2018 Best Film: The Eternity Between Seconds

2nd Best Film: Gusto Kita with All My Hypothalamus​

3rd Best Film: Delia & Sammy​

Best Direction: Alec Figuracion for The Eternity Between Seconds

Best Actress: Rosemarie Gil for Delia & Sammy

Best Actor: Jaime Fabregas for Delia & Sammy​

Short Features (Open Category) Best Film: Gabi ng Kababalaghan by Stephen Lopez

Short Features (Open Category) 1st Runner-Up: Siyudad sa Bulawan (City of Gold) by Jarell Serencio​

Short Features (Student) Best Film: Santa Nena by Tim Rone Villanueva (DLS-College of St. Benilde)

Short Features (Student) 1st Runner-Up: Mark & Lenny by Gio Potes (UP Diliman)

Best Ensemble: Gusto Kita with All My Hypothalamus​

Best Supporting Actress: Ritz Azul for Mata Tapang

Best Supporting Actor: Nico Antonio for Delia & Sammy​

Best Screenplay: Alpha Habon for Mga Mister ni Rosario

Best Cinematography: Rommel Sales for The Eternity Between Seconds

Best Production Design: Marxie Maolen Fadul for Gusto Kita With All My Hypothalamus

Best Editing: Alec Figuracion for The Eternity Between Seconds

Best Musical Score: Myka Magsaysay-Sigua and Paul Sigua for Gusto Kita With All My Hypothalamus

Best Sound Design: Junel Valencia for The Eternity Between Seconds

Supershorts Best Film: Orlie by Lino Balmes

Supershorts 1st Runner-Up: Bente Kwatro Awras by Eunice Maximo

The jury members for this year’s CineFilipino Film Festival are the following: John Badalu, Angeli Bayani, Vishal Dembla, Tony Gloria, Guido Zaballero, Dan Villegas, Armi Malaluan, and Doy Del Mundo.

Festival director is Madonna Tarrayo and Head of Competition is Jose Javier Reyes.

LIST: Top 15 best female film performances of 2017

The end of the Oscars marks another cinematic year of film excellence. Perhaps, more than ever, we could all agree that 2017 was a dynamite year for women in the biz. I initially wanted to make a gender-neutral list, but there are just so many female performances, both leading and supporting combined, that need due recognition for their outstanding work.

READ MORE: Oscars 2018 List of Winners

As part of my annual tradition, here are my top 15 favorite female performances of 2017:

15. Elle Fanning as Alicia in The Beguiled

Elle Fanning showcases her provocative wit and fearless sensuality, whilst balancing innocence and maturity in her scene-stealing role in Sofia Coppola’s The Beguiled.

14. Michelle Pfeiffer as Her in mother!

2017 is often coined as the year of Michelle Pfeiffer’s comeback. For her to create a burning presence inside a nameless character that haunts movie goers for her eerie stares and wicked one-liners, Pfeiffer proves that her ability to enchant the audience is still as fiery as ever.

13. Vicky Krieps as Alma Elson in Phantom Thread

For someone who seemingly came out of nowhere, Vicky Krieps truly is the unsung hero of Paul Thomas Anderson’s Phantom Thread. She fiercely juggles naivety and ferocity as a woman who refuses masculine manipulation. In my opinion, she gave the best performance in the film.

12. Tiffany Haddish as Dina in Girls Trip

Tiffany Haddish gives a performance that seemingly feels like a non-stop firecracker that’ll leave your cheeks in pain for her incredulous comedic timing. She will take you to a 2-hour joyride. You’ll keep wanting more from her, and yet, she’ll give you exactly what you expect, even more.

11. Holly Hunter as Beth in The Big Sick

It is very rare for comedic performances to be as honest, raw and heartfelt as Holly Hunter is in The Big Sick. She couldn’t care less about the theatricality that surrounds her character’s environment. What she delivered was a very universal performance of a loving mother, elevated by a nuanced script that gave her juicy bits of sharp and cutthroat lines, making it one of the most memorable performances of the year.

10. Kirsten Dunst as Edwina Morrow in The Beguiled

Kirsten Dunst’s best performance since 2010’s Melancholia. In The Beguiled, Dunst delivers a sexually reserved performance whose hunger and frustration spew out on screen. The stillness and silence of her performance is tonally adjacent with Coppola’s intentions for the film, making her the perfect muse for this period feminist piece.

9. Allison Williams as Rose Armitage in Get Out

Because I don’t want to spoil anything about Get Out‘s brilliant twist, I’ll keep this short by just stating that this is the single most underrated performance of the year by any actor, male or female, lead or supporting, without a doubt.

8. Laurie Metcalf as Marion McPherson in Lady Bird

Easy, nuanced, and effortless — Laurie Metcalf, literally, epitomizes what every mother is like. She gives a performance that speaks universally, without any ironies or gimmicks. She gave a beautifully arched foil relationship to Saoirse Ronan’s titular character in Lady Bird where it clearly wouldn’t be in the household of realism without her impeccably layered performance.

7. Frances McDormand as Mildred Hayes in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Without a shadow of a doubt, Frances McDormand gave a monstrously fierce yet tenderly sensitive performance as a grieving mother in search for justice in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, which gave her the second Oscar win of her career. Although it’s not my favorite female performance of the year, no one can take away the fact that McDormand slayed this character with such honesty and fire.

6. Saoirse Ronan as Christine McPherson in Lady Bird

Iconic. We will forever remember Saoirse Ronan as that ballsy, red-head, catholic school girl from Sacramento with a pink cast on her right arm, who gives herself the name Lady Bird because she’s the epitome of every rebellious teenager who wanted to breakaway from the norms of her mundane life. As one of the most talented actresses of her generation, Ronan just can’t do anything wrong, really.

5. Margot Robbie as Tonya Harding in I, Tonya

Now Academy Award nominee Margot Robbie, whose unparalleled commitment to her character, radiates nothing but gusto and bravery to completely transform herself in the (ice skating) shoes of one of the most controversial athletes in figure skating history. Without a single hint of vanity, Robbie has managed to make a very unlikable persona into someone who’s very endearing, sensitive and human.

4. Iza Calzado as Jane Ciego in Bliss

Truth be told, Iza Calzado’s performance in Jerrold Tarog’s Bliss is just so crazy good, it’s hard to miss it on this list. Her chilling portrayal of Jane Ciego took us to the horrific paradigm of reality versus fantasy, and it reminded me so much of Naomi Watts’ Betty/Diane in Mulholland Drive. Yes, I went that far.

3. Allison Janney as LaVona Harding in I, Tonya

I’ll keep this short: she J.K. Simmon‘d this year. Enough said.

2. Jennifer Lawrence as mother in mother!

Love or hate her, the fact remains that Jennifer Lawrence is the best actress of her generation. We’ve seen her transform and commit to multifaceted roles from year to year, and her surreal performance in 2017’s mother! simply isn’t an exception — even perhaps, her best performance since 2010’s Winter’s Bone. For a character that is almost on the borderline of nonsense and ridiculous, only an actor with a high caliber of talent can pull that off. No other female actor can carry a film as divisive and as polarizing as mother! like Jennifer Lawrence can. Only she can do it.

1. Sally Hawkins as Elisa Esposito in The Shape of Water

Sally Hawkins didn’t need a single line to evoke every emotion she felt in her performance as the mute Elisa Esposito in Guillermo Del Toro’s The Shape of Water. She didn’t need a human co-star to make us feel her love and affection. She literally relied onto every single micro muscle of her face and every minute movement of her eyes to take us into Del Toro’s magic realism world where everything felt like so human. Every stare, her eyes pierce with a hundred layers of emotions. Her mouth moves as if she is dying to speak her entire life. Her body language vibrates what she feels inside; every tick of a finger and every stomp of her foot made me feel something from her. She didn’t need a word to convey these emotions. I felt her contentment; I felt her simple joys, I felt her sexual frustrations; I felt her anguish; I felt her love. Hawkins’ gave the best female performance of the year.

WINNERS: Gawad Urian 2016

The 39th Gawad Urian awards night was held June 22 at the Kia Theater.

Here is the full list of winners at Gawad Urian 2016:

Best Picture

  • Taklub – Centerstage Productions
  • Heneral Luna – Artikulo Uno Productions
  • Anino sa Likod ng Buwan – Octobertrain Films/IdeaFirst Company
  • Honor Thy Father – Reality Entertainment
  • Imbisibol – Sinag Maynila/Solar Entertainment
  • ARI: My Life with a King – Holy Angel University Center for Kapampangan Studies
  • Bambanti – Solar Entertainment/Centerstage Productions/Sinag Maynila
  • Da Dog Show – Sans Cinema, Germany/Queen B Productions

Best Director

  • Heneral Luna – Jerrold Tarog
  • Da Dog Show – Ralston Jover
  • Taklub – Brilliante Mendoza
  • Anino sa Likod ng Buwan – Jun Lana
  • Honor Thy Father – Erik Matti
  • Imbisibol – Lawrence Fajardo
  • ARI: My Life with a King – Carlo Enciso Catu
  • Bambanti – Zig Madamba Dulay
  • Apocalypse Child – Mario Cornejo
  • Balikbayan # 1: Memories of Overdevelopment Redux III – Kidlat Tahimik

Best Actor

  • John Lloyd Cruz – Honor Thy Father
  • John Arcilla – Heneral Luna
  • John Lloyd Cruz – A Second Chance
  • Ricky Davao – Dayang Asu
  • Jericho Rosales – Walang Forever
  • Dennis Trillo – Felix Manalo
  • Sid Lucero – Apocalypse Child
  • Jun Jun Quintana – Water Lemon
  • Luis Alandy – Anino sa Likod ng Buwan
  • Francisco Guinto – ARI: My Life with a King
  • Lou Veloso – Da Dog Show

Best Actress

  • LJ Reyes – Anino sa Likod ng Buwan
  • Nora Aunor – Taklub
  • Anika Dolonius – Apocalypse
  • Angeli Bayani – Iisa
  • Alessandra de Rossi – Bambanti
  • Ces Quesada – Imbisibol
  • Jennylyn Mercado – Walang Forever
  • Mercedes Cabral – Da Dog Show

Supporting Actor

  • Bernardo Bernardo – Imbisibol
  • Julio Diaz – Taklub
  • Lou Veloso – Taklub
  • Tirso Cruz III – Honor Thy Father
  • JM de Guzman – Imbisibol
  • Micko Laurente – Bambanti
  • RK Bagatsing – Apocalypse Child
  • Alion Ibanez – Da Dog Show

Supporting Actress

  • Ana Abad Santos – Apocalypse Child
  • Rio Locsin – Iisa
  • Gwen Zamora – Apocalypse Child
  • Mylene Dizon – Heneral Luna
  • Tessie Tomas – Water Lemon
  • Liza Dino – Toto
  • Cecil Yumol – ARI: My Life with a King


  • Ari: My Life with a King – Robby Tantingco
  • Da Dog Show – Ralston Jover, Sans Cinema, Germany/Queen B Prod
  • Heneral Luna – Henry Francia, E.A Rocha, Jerrold Tarog
  • Taklub – Honeylyn Joy Alipio
  • Anino sa Likod ng Buwan – Jun Lana
  • Honor Thy Father – Michicko Yamamoto
  • Imbisibol – Herlyn Gail Alegre, John Paul Bedia
  • Water Lemon – Lilit Reyes
  • Dayang Asu – Bor Ocampo
  • Bambanti – Zig Madamba Dulay


  • Heneral Luna – Pong Ignacio
  • Da Dog Show – Carlo Mendoza
  • Taklub – Odyssey Flores
  • Anino sa Likod ng Buwan – Carlo Mendoza
  • Honor Thy Father – Ber Cruz
  • Apocalypse Child – Ike Avellana
  • Bambanti – Joseph Delos Reyes, Ma. Solita Garcia
  • Felix Manalo – Rody Lacap

Production Design

  • Water Lemon – Ben Payumo
  • Da Dog Show – Deans Habal
  • Bambanti – Gian Gianan
  • Honor Thy Father – Ericson Navarro
  • Felix Manalo – Jeol Bilbao, Edgar Martin Littaua, Danny Red
  • Bukod Kang Pinagpala – harley Alcasid
  • Imbisibol – Lawrence Fajardo, Roland Inocencio


  • Heneral Luna – Jerrold Tarog
  • Da Dog Show – Kats Serraon
  • Taklub – Diego Marx Dobles
  • Anino sa Likod ng Buwan – Lawrence Ang
  • Honor Thy Father – Jay Halili
  • Imbisibol – Lawrence Fajardo
  • ARI: My Life with a King – Carlo Francisco Manatad


  • ARI: My Life with a King – Jake Abella
  • Water Lemon – Alessandra de Rossi
  • Taklub – Diwa de Leon
  • Heneral Luna – Jerrold Tarog
  • Honor Thy Father – Erwin Romulo


  • Heneral Luna – Mikko Quizon
  • Taklub – Paulito Homillano, Andrew Milallos, Dennis Payumo, Addiss Tabong
  • Anino sa Likod ng Buwan – Albert Michael Idioma
  • Honor Thy Father – Mikko Quizon
  • Dayang Asu – Stephen Lopez, Sheka Ong
  • Felix Manalo – Albert Michael Idioma
  • ARI: My Life with a King – Gilbert Obispo
  • Da Dog Show – Mark Locsin

Best short film

  • Wawa – Angelie Mae Macalanda
  • Biyahe
  • Mater
  • Tiyang Tunay

Documentary film

  • The Crescent Rising – Sheron Dayoc
  • Of Cats, Dogs, Farm Animals and Sashimi
  • Salamat sa Alaala
  • Translacion: Ang Paglakas sa Altar ng Alanganin
  • Dahlin Nick

Natatanging Gawad Urian: Romy Vitug

39th gawad urian winners

FULL LIST: SAG Awards 2016 nominees

The Screen Actors Guild announces its nominees for acting awards in television and film. Winners will be announced Jan. 30, 2016.

Here is the full list of nominees:

Best Ensemble (Motion Picture)
“Beasts of No Nation”
“The Big Short”
“Straight Outta Compton”

Best Actor (Motion Picture)
Bryan Cranston, “Trumbo”
Johnny Depp, “Black Mass”
Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Revenant”
Michael Fassbender, “Steve Jobs
Eddie Redmayne, “The Danish Girl”

Best Actress (Motion Picture)
Cate Blanchett, “Carol”
Brie Larson, “Room”
Helen Mirren, “Woman in Gold”
Saoirse Ronan, “Brooklyn”
Sarah Silverman, “I Smile Back”

Best Supporting Actor (Motion Picture)
Christian Bale, “The Big Short”
Idris Elba, “Beasts of No Nation”
Mark Rylance, “Bridge of Spies”
Michael Shannon, “99 Homes”
Jacob Tremblay, “Room”

Best Supporting Actress (Motion Picture)
Rooney Mara, “Carol”
Rachel McAdams, “Spotlight”
Helen Mirren, “Trumbo”
Alicia Vikander, “The Danish Girl”
Kate Winslet, “Steve Jobs”

 Best Ensemble (Drama Series)
“Downton Abbey”
“Game of Thrones”
“House of Cards”
“Mad Men”

Best Ensemble (Comedy Series)
“The Big Bang Theory”
“Key & Peele”
“Modern Family”
“Orange Is the New Black”

Best Actor (Drama Series)
Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones”
Jon Hamm, “Mad Men”
Rami Malek, “Mr. Robot”
Bob Odenkirk, “Better Call Saul”
Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards”

Best Actress (Drama Series)
Claire Danes, “Homeland”
Viola Davis, “How to Get Away with Murder”
Julianna Marguiles, “The Good Wife”
Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey”
Robin Wright, “House of Cards”

Best Actor (Comedy Series)
Ty Burrell, “Modern Family”
Louis C.K., “Louie”
William H. Macy, “Shameless”
Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory
Jeffrey Tambor, “Transparent”

Best Actress (Comedy Series)
Uzo Aduba, “Orange Is the New Black”
Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie”
Ellie Kemper, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”
Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation”

Best Actor (Miniseries/TV Movie)
Idris Elba, “Luther”
Ben Kingsley, “Tut”
Ray Liotta, “Texas Rising”
Bill Murray, “A Very Murray Christmas”
Mark Rylance, “Wolf Hall”

Best Actress (Miniseries/TV Movie)
Nicole Kidman, “Grace of Monaco”
Queen Latifah, “Bessie”
Christina Ricci, “The Lizzie Borden Chronicles”
Susan Sarandon, “The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe”
Kristen Wiig, “The Spoils Before Dying”

Best Stunt Ensemble (Motion Picture)
“Furious 7”
“Jurassic World”
“Mad Max: Fury Road”
“Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation”

Stunt Ensemble (Comedy or Drama Series)
“The Blacklist”
“Game of Thrones”
“Marvel’s Daredevil”
“The Walking Dead”

The winners of the 22nd SAG Awards will be announced Jan. 30, 2016.

Nat’l Board of Review names Stallone Best Supporting Actor for ‘Creed’

December 02, 2015 – America’s National Board of Review has just announced the winners of its annual film awards, bestowing the Best Picture prize to Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Mad Max: Fury Road” and the Best Supporting Actor honor to Sylvester Stallone, for Creed, another Warner film.

The award for Stallone confirms Hollywood experts prediction that the veteran actor may be a contender for the Oscars next year.

In Variety’s article titled, “Sylvester Stallone Might Have Just KO’d the Supporting Actor Oscar Competition,” author Christopher Tapley writes, “…few performances pack the emotional punch Sylvester Stallone does in `Creed.’”

Tapley continues, “With the Ryan Coogler-directed film, Stallone has now taken on the role of Rocky Balboa seven times on the big screen. He was nominated at the outset for 1976’s `Rocky’ and lost to Peter Finch for the late actor’s fierce `Network’ performance. But the truth is he might be even better this time around. I would be tempted to call it his best on-screen work to date as he finds such subtle, unassuming textures in the performance that both deepen a character we’ve grown to love over the last 40 years, as well as present him in a whole new shade.”


From Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema comes award-winning filmmaker Ryan Coogler’s “Creed.” The film reunites Coogler with his “Fruitvale Station” star Michael B. Jordan as the son of Apollo Creed, and explores a new chapter in the “Rocky” story, starring Academy Award nominee Sylvester Stallone in his iconic role.

Adonis Johnson (Jordan) never knew his famous father, world heavyweight champion Apollo Creed, who died before he was born. Still, there’s no denying that boxing is in his blood, so Adonis heads to Philadelphia, the site of Apollo Creed’s legendary match with a tough upstart named Rocky Balboa.

Once in the City of Brotherly Love, Adonis tracks Rocky (Stallone) down and asks him to be his trainer. Despite his insistence that he is out of the fight game for good, Rocky sees in Adonis the strength and determination he had known in Apollo—the fierce rival who became his closest friend. Agreeing to take him on, Rocky trains the young fighter, even as the former champ is battling an opponent more deadly than any he faced in the ring.

With Rocky in his corner, it isn’t long before Adonis gets his own shot at the title…but can he develop not only the drive but also the heart of a true fighter, in time to get into the ring?

Opening across the Philippines on December 9, 2015, Creed is distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.