The members of the Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino (MPP) together with Cinema One have announced the nominees for the 39th Gawad Urian Awards to be held on June 21 at the Kia Theater.
Present during the announcement on May 17 at ABS-CBN were Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino President Grace Alfonso and its members Mario Hernando, Nic Tiongson, and Tito Valiente.
The group also confirmed that cinematographer FAMAS Hall of Famer Romy Vitug is this yearâ€™s Natatanging Gawad Urian or Lifetime Achievement awardee.
Leading the nominees with 10 nominations including Best Picture and Best Direction are Erik Mattiâ€™s â€œHonor Thy Fatherâ€ starring John Lloyd Cruz and Ralston Joverâ€™s â€œDa Dog Showâ€ starring Mercedes Cabral.
John Lloyd Cruz also got double nominations for Best Actor this year for his films â€œHonor Thy Fatherâ€ and â€œA Second Chance.â€
Jennylyn Mercado also got her first Best Actress nomination in Gawad Urian for the film “Walang Forever.”
â€œHonor Thy Fatherâ€Â and the â€œDa Dog Showâ€ are followed closely by Jerrold Tarogâ€™s â€œHeneral Luna,â€ Brillante Mendozaâ€™s â€œTaklub,â€ Jun Lanaâ€™s â€œAnino Sa Likod ng Buwan,â€ and Carlo Encisco Catuâ€™s â€œARI: My Life With A King.â€ The four films are also in the race for Best Picture.
The Gawad Urian is the most esteemed film awards in the Philippines. The nominees and winners are chosen by the Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino (MPP), a group that is composed of reputable pillars in Philippine cinema.
The MPP members are Rolando Tolentino, Grace Javier Alfonso, Butch Francisco, Mario Hernando, Bienvenido Lumbera, Miguel Rapatan, Benilda Santos, Dr. Nicanor Tiongson, Tito Genova Valiente, and Lito Zulueta.
The 39th Gawad Urian will be held on June 21, 2016 at the Kia Theater and will be aired live on Cinema One.
To see full list, please visit the official website of ABS-CBN PR at http://abscbnpr.com/list-39th-gawad-urian-nominees-named/.