Brillante Mendoza scored a three-peat victory in the 33rd Gawad Urian held last night, April 29, at the University of the Philippines Film Center in Diliman, Quezon City.
This marks the third consecutive time that the former production designer has been given the Best Director award by the Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino. In the 31st edition, he earned Best Director for the film Tirador and in the 32nd edition, he was honored for the film Serbis.
Direk Brillante was unable to attend the awards night since he is currently in Belgium but his daughter Angelica accepted the silver trophy in his behalf. She read his acceptance speech, which explained that the event in Belgium had been planned five months ago.
Sam Milby presented the awards to this year's Best Actresses, Rustica Carpio and Anita Linda, who both starred in Direk Brillante's Lola.
Lou Veloso was teary-eyed as he accepted theBest Actor trophy for the Cinemalaya entry Colorum. He revealed that he almost did not accept the project since it involved a long road trip that took 16 days. He dedicated his trophy to his "leading man" Alfred Vargas.
Piolo Pascual had the honor of announcing this year's Best Picture, which went to Kinatay (also directed by Direk Brillante). Coco Martin and Maria Isabel Lopez joined the cast and crew members who went up the stage to receive the trophy.
Other stars who attended the awards night were Dimples Romana, Epy Quizon, Felix Roco, Allen Dizon, and Iza Calzado. Christian Bautista serenaded Anita, Rustica, and Armida Siguion-Reyna. Mark Bautista performed "Adik Sa 'Yo" as an intermission number. As a tribute to Armida, Rachel Alejandro performed a medley of songs.
Marissa Sue Prado of Himpapawid received the Best Supporting Actress trophy from Eugene Domingo. Before she announced the real winner, Uge (Eugene's nickname) jokingly announced that she won in the said category for Foster Child. In the 31st edition of the Gawad Urian, Uge lost the Best Supporting Actress trophy to Angela Ruiz of the film Tirador.
Marissa's co-star in Himpapawid, Soliman Cruz, also took home a coveted trophy as Best Supporting Actor.
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARDEE. The Natatanging Gawad Urian Lifetime Achievement Award went to Armida Siguion-Reyna, an actress, producer, and industry leader who is described by Manunuri member Nicanor Tiongson as someone who "took on a host of major problems in the film industry to make good films and for that, Filipinos will forever be grateful."
When Tita Midz (as Armida is affectionately called) went up the stage to give her acceptance speech, she told the audience: "Hindi ko inakala na mararating ko ang karangalan na ito at estado na ito.
"Halos lahat ng directors nakalaban ko na, pati si Lino Brocka. Ako ang pinakamagaling mang-away. Hindi lang ako nanalo kay Joseph Estrada...hindi ko na ikukuwento kung bakit kasi ilalabas ko lahat 'yan sa libro ko. Pero iboboto ko pa rin siya sa darating na eleksiyon," said the former head of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB).
She even declared: "Pag namatay ako, gusto ko isama ito sa aking kabaong pero sayang naman kung ike-cremate lang ako."
Gelli de Belen and Butch Francisco served as the hosts of the event.
THE WINNERS. Here are the winners of the 33rd Gawad Urian:
Best Film - Kinatay, Swift Production and Centerstage Production
Best Director - Brillante Mendoza, Kinatay
Best Actor - Lou Veloso, Colorum
Best Actress - Rustica Carpio & Anita Linda, Lola
Best Supporting Actor - Soliman Cruz, Himpapawid
Best Supporting Actress - Marissa Sue Prado, Himpapawid
Best Screenplay - Linda Casimiro, Lola
Best Production Design - Brillante Mendoza, Lola
Best Cinematography - Raymond Red, Himpapawid
Best Editing - Orlean Tan, Ralph Crisostomo and Miko Araneta, Engkwentro
Best Music - Francis de Veyra, The Arrival
Best Sound - Albert Michael Idioma, Kinatay
Natatanging Gawad Urian - Armida Siguion-Reyna