Charo Santos deserves Oscar nod for ‘Ang Babaeng Humayo,’ US film critic says


Posted at Jan 26 2018 01:35 AM | Updated as of Jan 26 2018 05:55 AM

A still from "Ang Babaeng Humayo," Lav Diaz's revenge drama that stars ABS-CBN top executive Charo Santos-Concio. File/Courtesy of Star Cinema

No Filipino actor has ever been nominated for an Oscar. 

But if it were up to this one film critic who writes for a newspaper in San Diego, Calif., Charo Santos-Concio deserves a nod from the Academy Awards for her performance in "Ang Babaeng Humayo." 

Glenn Heath Jr. of the San Diego CityBeat included Santos-Concio, whom Heath described as one of the "titanic figures" in Philippine cinema, in his list of "the best film performances snubbed by Oscar." 

"Rage, empathy, heartache, joy: this performance has it all," he wrote of Santos-Concio's starring role in the Lav Diaz drama. 

He also called the nearly 4-hour film a "brilliant character study" and praised Diaz for his "famed long takes" that "help establish deeper emotional stakes." 

Heath said that he wanted his list, that also included names such as Robert Pattinson and "Okja" star Ahn Seo-hyun, to be a "frank reminder to all Oscar voters that cinema’s best spans far beyond the limited reaches of their DVD screener pile." 

San Diego CityBeat describes itself as an alternative newsweekly that has a weekly circulation of 50,000. 

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"Ang Babaeng Humayo" won the top prize in the 2016 Venice Film Festival. 

It was not submitted for consideration for an Oscar in the foreign-language category that year, with the country's film academy opting for "Ma' Rosa." For 2017, it fielded Mikhail Red's "Birdshot."