The Entertainment Press Society, Inc. (ENPRESS) has
announced the winners in this year's 5th Golden Screen Awards (GSA). The awards night will be held on June 24 at Zirkoh Greenhills at 8 p.m. The final voting
of the winners was held Saturday, June 14, at Music 21 KTV Bar on Timog Avenue
after a marathon deliberation that took seven hours.
Pisay, an indie
film about eight exceptionally gifted high school students set in the
politically volatile ‘80s, dominated the 5th Golden Screen Awards by
winning eight trophies, including Best Motion Picture (Drama) and Best Director for
The film also won Best Original Screenplay for Henry
Top acting honors in drama went to Cherry Pie Picache for
Foster Child and John Lloyd Cruz for One More Chance. Jinggoy
Estrada and Lorna Tolentino, who played husband and wife in Maverick Films'
Katas ng Saudi, won top acting honors in comedy.
Cherry Pie Picache won for Best Performance by An Actress in a
Leading Role (Drama) for Seiko Films' Foster Child, where she plays a surrogate
mother living in the slums. It's her third acting award from the Golden Screen
Awards. Foster Child, directed by Dante Mendoza, was a contender for the Best
Motion Picture (Drama), as well as in other categories, including Best Screenplay.
Cherry Pie's previous victories in the GSA include Best
Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (Comedy or Musical) in 2003 for
Bridal Shower. Last year, she won Best Performance by An Actress in a
Supporting Role (Drama, Musical or Comedy) for Twilight Dancers.
John Lloyd Cruz won Best Performance by An Actor in a Leading
Role (Drama) for One More Chance. Produced by Star Cinema, the story of young
lovers who are going through the difficult decision of going their separate
ways, gave John Lloyd the victory over Jason Abalos, his chief rival for the
award. Jason was nominated for Endo, an entry to the Cinemalaya Film Festival
This is John Lloyd's first award from GSA, although he has
been previously nominated for Now That I Have You, adjudged Best Motion Picture
(Musical or Comedy) in the 2004 Golden Screen Awards.
Jinggoy won the nod of the GSA jurors for
his comeback movie Katas ng Saudi, where he plays a returning OFW (Overseas
Filipino Worker). Jinggoy's winning the Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading
Role (Musical or Comedy) for the Joey Reyes film is his first award from the
He earlier won the Best Actor award from the Metro Manila
Film Festival last December for the same movie.
Lorna, although better known as a dramatic
actress, displayed her comic flair in Katas ng Saudi, where she plays wife to
Jinggoy. This is also her first trophy from the Golden Screen Awards.
Eugene Domingo (Pisay) and Ricky Davao (Endo) bagged the
awards for Best Performance by an Actress and Best Performance by An Actor in a Supporting Role, respectively. Both
of them are first-time winners in the Golden Screen Awards.
Eugene won for her role as the Physics teacher in Pisay
while Ricky won for his role as a weakling father abandoned by his
wife in Endo.
Newcomers Rhian Ramos (Ouija) and Joem Bascon (Batanes) were
voted as winners of Breakthrough Performances by an Actress and Actor,
respectively. Both projects were produced by GMA Films.
Aside from garnering the Best Picture and Best Director
trophies, Pisay also won the awards for Best Original Song, Best Musical Score, and