1. Fe GingGing Hyde for Arnel Mardoquio’s SHEIKA – As Shie, the mother who went through hell shielding her two sons from the “devil”, Ms Hyde ran a gamut of emotions brilliantly essayed with so much intensity, control, and authenticity. The scene where she painfully washes the blood-stained “tsinelas” will be written down in history as one of the most depressing images of a mother in excruciating pain and hopelessness. .
2. Irma Adlawan as the anatomy of a political candidate who will eventually turn out like the others in Dennis Marasigan’s VOX POPULI. She was like singing a perfect tune. I really admire her restraint,her conviction, her amazing timing. I remember Frances Mcdormand in Fargo with her similar yet more convincing phasing of her character’s development. And who says Theater Queens like her, cant shift to underacting when needed? I so love her silent scenes – simply remarkable!
3. Sid Lucero as the quasi-revolutionary gay teacher who fell in love with his hotel’s guest and stayed that way for more than 2 decades in Adolf Alix/Jerry Gracio’s MULI. Ive never seen other male actors who are most sincerely at home with the veracity of his character’s soul and physicality.
4. John Lapuz as the “image specialist” in Chris Martinez’s seminal comedy HERE COMES THE BRIDE. While John is giving us a clear window to his soul, he lets us in to how his character exactly feels: the pain, the longing, the liberation, and the ultimate salvation, or not. Very thorough interpretation.
5. Coco Martin as the pseudo-journalist in his co-directorial effort with Dondon Santos in NOY. Altho, Coco shifts to mainstream filmmaking, his enigmatic “indie” acting remains.
6. Joem Bascon as the paralytic brother who made all means to be productive in Rodel Nacianceno/Dondon Santos’ NOY. It was an ostensible character but Bascon’s searing performance makes it more internally viewed rather than going outwardly.
7. LJ Reyes as The Wife in Ian Loreños’ THE LEAVING. Traditional approach but more cerebral. Somewhat explosive, somewhat restraint. She has this intimate quality that can be absorbed well.
8. Lovie Poe as The Pasayaw Fund Collector in Dan Villegas and Paul Sta. Ana’s MAYOHAN. Stunning performance. Almost authentic. Almost perfect.
9. Perry Dizon as The Janitor in Arnel Mardoquio’s SHEIKA. If the critics would really open their eyes, their ears, and their hearts – Dizon’s performance deserves an astounding victory.
10. Tessie Tomas as The Grieving Mother in Gil Portes’ controversy-laden black comedy TWO FUNERALS. This film is a Tessie Tomas Show, no less.
11. Tetchie Agbayani as The Aunt in Teng Mangansakan’s LIMBUNAN. The film is visual poetry, full stop. Agbayani’s performance is haunting, full stop.
12. Alfred Vargas and Lance Raymundo in Mario O Hara’s zarzuela-cum-cinema ANG PAGLILITIS NI BONIFACIO. Balanced in all ways, both: intensity, authenticity, theatricality.
13. THE ENTIRE CAST OF Laurice Guillen’s SAYO LAMANG.
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