Indie film 'Tirador' wins big in 31st Urian awards


Posted at Oct 01 2008 09:54 PM | Updated as of Oct 02 2008 05:54 AM

The independent digital film Tirador dominated the 31st Gawad Urian, winning five awards at the ceremonies held at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) Little Theater Wednesday evening.

Tirador was declared best picture, while its director Brillante Mendoza was declared best director, while the film also won best supporting actress (Angela Ruiz), best cinematography (Jeffrey dela Cruz, Brillante Mendoza, Gary Tria and Julius Villanueva), and best sound editing (Ditoy Aguila and Junel Valencia).

In the acting categories, Jason Abalos won the best actor award for the digital film Endo, Cherry Pie Picache won best actress for Foster Child, and Selda's Emilio Garcia won best supporting actor.

Meanwhile, filmmaker Kidlat Tahimik was also honored by the Manunuri with the Natatanging Gawad, the critics' lifetime achievement award.

Here is the full list of winners for the 31st Gawad Urian.

Best Picture: Tirador (Centerstage Productions)
Best Director: Brillante Mendoza (Tirador)
Best Screenplay: Jade Castro, Michiko Yamamoto, Raymond Lee (Endo)
Best Actress: Cherry Pie Picache (Foster Child)
Best Actors: Jason Abalos (Endo) and Sid Lucero (Selda)
Best Supporting Actress: Angela Ruiz (Tirador)
Best Supporting Actor: Emilio Garcia (Selda)
Best Production Design: Lav Diaz and Dante Perez (Death in the Land of Encantos)
Best Cinematography: Jeffrey dela Cruz, Brillante Mendoza, Gary Tria and Julius Villanueva (Tirador)
Best Editing: Aleks Castaneda (Tambolista)
Best Music: Francis de Veyra (Tribu)
Best Sound: Ditoy Aguila and Junel Valencia (Tirador)
Best Short Film: Rolyo by Alvin Yapan
Natatanging Gawad: Kidlat Tahimik

The Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino, which gives out the Gawad Urian, is a society of film critics. The society is currently chaired by Mike Rapatan of the communications department of De La Salle University.

Members of the society are Nicanor Tiongson, former artistic director of the Cultural Center of the Philippines and chairman of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board; Bienvenido Lumbera, 1993 Ramon Magsaysay Award laureate; Gigi Alfonso, chancellor of the UP Open University; Mario Hernando, Sunday Malaya editor; columnist and television personality Butch Francisco; Roland Tolentino, professor of the UP College of Mass Communications; and Lito Zulueta, Inquirer editor and professor at the University of Santo Tomas. -- With reports from Boy Villasanta, and Mario Dumaual, ABS-CBN News