There were 13 first-time winners in last Sunday’s 29th Film Academy of the Philippines Luna Awards—a fact that augurs well for the turnover of local talents in the field of scriptwriting, editing, scoring, cinematography and sound.
But two first-timers—actor Dolphy (Father Jejemon) and Director Chito Rono (Emir)—finally got overdue recognition together with their first-ever Luna trophies.
Trophies for the two supporting acting categories were also awarded to first timers, Yul Servo for Rosario and Anne Curtis for In Your Eyes.
Let us now go through the categories one by one .
Best Sound (four first-time winners)
This category accounted for four winners in one sweep as the RPG Metanoia team—composed of Connie Valdriz, Sandy Aguinaldo, Lynnel de Mesa and Ronald de Asis—beat the challenge of nominees Addiss Tabong (05 winner) and Albert Michael Idioma (03 and 04 winner).
Best Music Score (first-time winner)
Albert Chang won this category for Rosario in a three-cornered fight with Von de Guzman (05 winner) and Jessie Lasaten. For Albert, like the sound team of RPG Metanoia, this was his first time to be nominated.
Best Editing (first time winner)
Jerrold Tarog (Emir) prevailed over Efren Jarlego (Sa ‘Yo Lamang) who previously won in 1996 in one of the closest fights among nominees. This was also his first nomination.
Best Production Design
Joey Luna (Rosario) beat back the challenge of three probable first-timers though his closest rival was Digo Ricio (Emir). This is Joey’s fourth Luna trophy. He previously won in 1996 (Mumbaki), 2000 (Death Row) and 2004 (Aishite Imasu 1940).
Best Cinematography (two first-time winners)
This category ended in a dead heat—a tie between the cinematographers of Emir and Rosario. Emir had two camerapersons, Neil Daza and Lee Meily while Rosario was photographed by Carlo Mendoza.
Neil and Carlo were both nominated for the first time while Lee had actually just got her trophy for Baler belatedly. She was also tied with Charlie Peralta (Ploning), who also won in 2005 for Nasaan Ka Man.
Best Screenplay (first-time winner)
Elmer Gatchalian won it for Rosario, edging Jerry Gracio (Emir) in a category that actually featured six young scriptwriters and veteran Ricky Lee as nominees. Only Ricky previously won in this category and for five times at that.
Best Supporting Actress (first-time winner)
Anne Curtis (In Your Eyes) edged out Gloria Romero in this category. Miss Romero already won best actress (Tanging Yaman in 2000) and best supporting actress (Magnifico in 2003). Anne herself was nominated for best actress for Baler in the 27th Luna Awards.
Best Supporting Actor (first-time winner)
In this category, Yul Servo fought it neck-and-neck with Joem Bason (Noy) and Sid Lucero (Rosario). Yul got a nomination as best actor in the 23rd Luna Awards (2004) for Naglalayag. He finally bagged his first Luna trophy this time around.
Lorna Tolentino (Sa ‘Yo Lamang) bagged her fourth best actress trophy by beating back the challenge of Jennylyn Mercado (Rosario) and Judy Ann Santos (Hating Kapatid), who is already a Luna trophy holder for Kasal, Kasali, Kasalo in 2006.
LT previously won for Maging Akin Ka Lamang (1987), Narito ang Puso Ko (1992) and Abakada Ina (2001).
Best Actor (first-time winner)
Dolphy survived a three-way fight with Coco Martin (Noy) and Fanny Serrano (Tarima) to win his first Luna trophy for father Jejemon. Among the nominees in this category, only Christopher de Leon is a multi-time awardee for Biktima (1990), Ipagpatawad Mo (1991), Bulaklak ng Maynila (1999) and Magkaibigan (2008).
Best Director (first-time winner)
After being nominated four times since 2001, Chito Rono finally snagged his first Luna trophy for direction for Emir. In the voting, his closest rival was Joel Lamangan (Sagrada Familia) who is already in the Hall of Fame with five best director Lunas.
Chito’s previous nominations were in 2001 (for Yamashita), 2002 (for Dekada ’70), 2006 (for Sukob) and 2008 (for Caregiver). His lucky year proved to be 2010.
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