Indie film "Pisay" dominates 5th Golden Screen Awards

(Top, from left) Cherry Pie Picache, John Lloyd Cruz, Lorna Tolentino, and Jinggoy Estrada won top acting honors in the 8th Golden Screen Awards while Pisay (below) was adjudged Best Picture.

The Entertainment Press Society, Inc. (ENPRESS) hasannounced 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 votingof the winners was held Saturday, June 14, at Music 21 KTV Bar on Timog Avenueafter a marathon deliberation that took seven hours.

Pisay, an indiefilm about eight exceptionally gifted high school students set in thepolitically volatile ‘80s, dominated the 5th Golden Screen Awards bywinning eight trophies, including Best Motion Picture (Drama) and Best Director forAuraeus Solito.

The film also won Best Original Screenplay for HenryGraheda.

Top acting honors in drama went to Cherry Pie Picache forFoster Child and John Lloyd Cruz for One More Chance. JinggoyEstrada 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 aLeading Role (Drama) for Seiko Films' Foster Child, where she plays a surrogatemother living in the slums. It's her third acting award from the Golden ScreenAwards. Foster Child, directed by Dante Mendoza, was a contender for the BestMotion Picture (Drama), as well as in other categories, including Best Screenplay.

Cherry Pie's previous victories in the GSA include BestPerformance by an Actress in a Leading Role (Comedy or Musical) in 2003 forBridal Shower. Last year, she won Best Performance by An Actress in aSupporting Role (Drama, Musical or Comedy) for Twilight Dancers.

John Lloyd Cruz won Best Performance by An Actor in a LeadingRole (Drama) for One More Chance. Produced by Star Cinema, the story of younglovers who are going through the difficult decision of going their separateways, gave John Lloyd the victory over Jason Abalos, his chief rival for theaward. Jason was nominated for Endo, an entry to the Cinemalaya Film Festivallast year.


This is John Lloyd's first award from GSA, although he hasbeen 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 forhis comeback movie Katas ng Saudi, where he plays a returning OFW (OverseasFilipino Worker). Jinggoy's winning the Best Performance by an Actor in a LeadingRole (Musical or Comedy) for the Joey Reyes film is his first award from theGSA.

He earlier won the Best Actor award from the Metro ManilaFilm Festival last December for the same movie.

Lorna, although better known as a dramaticactress, displayed her comic flair in Katas ng Saudi, where she plays wife toJinggoy. This is also her first trophy from the Golden Screen Awards.

Eugene Domingo (Pisay) and Ricky Davao (Endo) bagged theawards for Best Performance by an Actress and Best Performance by An Actor in a Supporting Role, respectively. Bothof them are first-time winners in the Golden Screen Awards.

Eugene won for her role as the Physics teacher in Pisaywhile Ricky won for his role as a weakling father abandoned by hiswife in Endo.

Newcomers Rhian Ramos (Ouija) and Joem Bascon (Batanes) werevoted 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 Directortrophies, Pisay also won the awards for Best Original Song, Best Musical Score, andBest Editing.

Other winners are Larry Manda (Best Cinematography forMaling Akala), Ditoy Aguila (Best Sound for Kadin), and August Espino (BestVisual Effects for Still Life).


The 5th Golden Screen Awards will be held onTuesday, June 24, at Zirkoh Greenhills. It will be hosted by Rufa Mae Quintoand John "Sweet" Lapus, with other celebrities expected to attend.

Christopher de Leon is the recipient of the Gawad LinoBrocka Lifetime Achievement Award, named after the famed director who gave theactor his break into movie acting.

The Entertainment Press Society and the Golden Screen Awardswill also confer a Posthumous Award to Rudy Fernandez who passed away last June 7.

The 5th Golden Screen Awards is sponsored byFilgen ST Scouring Pad, Gran Matador, KSA Whitening Products, StellarAccessories, Edward dela Cuesta Photography, Fernando's Bakery, Joy Lim's Charm and Crystals, Hataw!, and HBC Splash.

Here's the complete list of winners in the 5thGolden Screen Awards:

Best Motion Picture (Drama) - Pisay (Solito Arts)

Best Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy) - Katas ng Saudi(Maverick Films)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Lead Role (Drama) -Cherry Pie Picache (Foster Child)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Lead Role (Drama) - JohnLloyd Cruz (One More Chance)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Lead Role (Musical orComedy) - Lorna Tolentino (Katas ng Saudi)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Lead Role (Musical orComedy) - Jinggoy Estrada (Katas ng Saudi)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role (Drama,Musical or Comedy) - Eugene Domingo (Pisay)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role (Drama,Musical or Comedy) - Ricky Davao (Endo)

Breakthrough Performance by an Actress - Rhian Ramos (Ouija)

Breakthrough Performance by an Actor - Joem Bascon (Batanes)


Best Director - Auraeus Solito (Pisay)

Best Original Screenplay - Henry Graheda (Pisay)

Best Cinematography - Larry Manda (Maling Akala)

Best Editing - Mikael Angelo Pastrano, Kanakan Balintagos(Pisay)

Best Production Design - Martin Masadao, Regie Regalado,Dante Garcia, Endi Balbueno (Pisay)

Best Sound - Ditoy Aguila (Kadin)

Best Musical Score - Vincent de Jesus, Jobin Ballesteros(Pisay)

Best Original Song - "Ang Puso Kong Musmos" from the movie Pisay,lyrics by Carina Evangelista, music by Buddy Zabala and Ernest Mangulabnan,interpreted by Ebe Dancel

Best Visual Effects - Still Life





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