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Presenting the 42nd Gawad Urian nominees.

Eddie Garcia and Anne Curtis earned double nominations in their respective categories as Best Actor and Best Actress. Garcia is nominated for ML, where he plays the role of a retired Metrocom officer whose Alzheimer puts him forever in a martial law realm, and for Hintayan ng Langit, as a soul stuck in purgatory where he relives guilt and recriminations with his former lover. Anne Curtis's portrayals for Buy Bust and Sid and Aya are recognized by the oldest and reputedly most prestigious film critics' group in the country.

Eric Matti's Buy Bust leads the nominees for this year's Gawad Urian, with 1o nominations, followed by Chito Rono's Signal Rock with nine. The two films, both nominated for Best Picture, would have tied for the lead except that Buy Bust has two nominees for Best Supporting Actor in the person of Arjo Atayde, whose blond villain alters our notion of the contravida, and Victor Neri, a drug-buster with angst and rage, edging out Signal Rock for a mere one point. Two more films also garnered double nominations for Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress. These are Citizen Jake for Nonie Buencamino and Teroy Guzman, and Ang Panahon ng Halimaw for Pinky Amador and Bituin Escalante.

ML, the title of which is an acronym for Martial Law, by Benedict Mique comes in with the third highest number of nominations-eight. These include a Best Picture nomination. Keith Deligero's A Short History of a Few Bad Things and Lav Diaz's Ang Panahon ng Halimaw are tied with seven nominations.

Four women filmmakers are nominated in two major categories. There is Denise O'Hara who directs Mamang, a tender and bittersweet rhapsody about a mother whose advancing memory loss keeps her going on despite what happens to her, with past becoming present, and the son who is there and not there. Irene Emma Villamor, whose elegantly quirky narratives in films that make her a voice to reckon with, is recognized for her work in Meet Me in St. Gallen for Best Director. For the same film, Villamor is nominated for Best Screenplay. Dwein Baltazar with her cool Gusto Kita With All My Hypothalamus is nominated for Best Screenplay.

On the technical side, Carlo Francisco Manatad has three nominations for Best Editing in the following films: Meet Me in St. Gallen, Sid and Aya and Signal Rock. Manatad has already won the Gawad Urian for Best Editing with Sheron Dayoc's Women of the Weeping River, which was Gawad Urian Best Film in 2017.

Teresa Barrozo has two nominations for Best Music for the films Mamang and Paglisan.

For Best Actor, Eddie Garcia remains the most senior of the crop, followed by Dante Rivero. Dingdong Dantes joins Carlo Aquino and Christian Bables among the actors identified with commercial and mainstream films. Tony Labrusca, who has become a sensation of late, is nominated for the first time in the Gawad Urian.

Actresses from different generations, led by Perla Bautista (Kung Paano Hinihintay ang Dapithapon), will vie for Best Actress, one of the most hotly contested categories in the Gawad Urian. Bautista is joined by Celeste Legaspi (Mamang), Ai-Ai de las Alas (School Service), Marietta Subong, known as 'Pokwang' (Oda sa Wala), Anne Curtis (Buy Bust and Sid and Aya), Glaiza de Castro (Liway), Bela Padilla (Meet Me in St. Gallen), Maribeth Fanglayan (Tanabata's Wife), Iyah Mina (Mamu: And a Mother Too), and Nadine Lustre (Never Not Love You).

The nominees for Best Short Film and Best Documentary will be announced separately. The Gawad Urian will take place on June 18 at the UPFI Film Center.

Below are the nominees in the top categories:

Best Picture

A Short History of a Few Bad Things

Ang Panahon ng Halimaw

Buy Bust


Signal Rock

Best Director

Whammy Alcazaren, Never Tear Us Apart

Keith Deligero, A Short History of a Few Bad Things

Lav Diaz, Ang Panahon ng Halimaw

Alec Figuracion, The Eternity Between Seconds

Denise O'Hara, Mamang

Carl Joseph Papa, Paglisan

Chito S. Rono, Signal Rock

Eric Matti, Buy Bust

Benedict Mique Jr., ML

Irene Emma Villamor, Meet Me in St. Gallen

Best Actress

Ai-Ai de las Alas, School Service

Perla Bautista, Kung Paano Hinihintay ang Dapithapon

Anne Curtis, Buy Bust

Anne Curtis, Sid and Aya

Glaiza de Castro, Liway

Maribeth Fanglayan, Tanabata's Wife

Nadine Lustre, Never Not Love You

Celeste Legaspi, Mamang

yah Mina, Mamu: And a Mother Too

Bela Padilla, Meet Me in St. Gallen

Marietta Subong (Pokwang), Oda sa Wala

Best Actor

Carlo Aquino, Meet Me in St. Gallen

Christian Bables, Signal Rock

Dingdong Dantes, Sid and Aya

Ketchup Eusebio, Mamang

Eddie Garcia, Hintayan ng Langit

Eddie Garcia, ML

Miyuki Kamimura, Tanabata's Wife

Tony Labrusca, ML

Victor Neri, A Short History of a Few Bad Things

Dante Rivero, Kung Paano Hinihintay ang Dapithapon

Best Supporting Actress

Pinky Amador, Ang Panahon ng Halimaw

Bituin Escalante, Ang Panahon ng Halimaw

Cherie Gil, Citizen Jake

Daria Ramirez, Signal Rock

Nova Villa, Miss Granny

Best Supporting Actor

Arjo Atayde, Buy Bust

Nonie Buencamino, Citizen Jake

Teroy Guzman, Citizen Jake

Joel Lamangan, School Service

Victor Neri, Buy Bust

Romnick Sarmenta, Kung Paano Hinihintay ang Dapithapon

Lou Veloso, Citizen Jake

Best Screenplay

Dwein Baltazar, Gusto Kita with all my Hypothalamus

Lav Diaz, Ang Panahon ng Halimaw

Alec Figuracion, The Eternity Between Seconds

Paul Grant, A Short History of a Few Bad Things

Erik Matti and Anton Santamaria, Buy Bust

Benedict Mique Jr., ML

Rody Vera, Signal Rock

Irene Emma Villamor, Meet Me in St. Gallen
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Date:May 9, 2019
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