The final list of nominees for best director for the 24th Luna Awards of the Film Academy of the Philippines is the last category yet to be finalized, according to the academy secretariat.
In deliberation meetings on Thursday, July 6, the nominators for the four performance categories—best actor, actress, supporting actor and supporting actress—and the musical scoring category submitted their final list of nominees.
A full week ago, the nominators for best screenplay, editing, cinematography, production design and sound had already wrapped up their final five lists.
The final list of nominees for best director is deemed important as it is one of two categories—the other category being for best screenplay– which will decide the best picture nominees. A film must be nominated in either of the two categories to be nominated for best picture. It will help the film a lot if it will be nominated in both categories.
The nominators for the best performance categories are Robert Arevalo, Gina Alajar, Harlene Bautista, Liza Lorena, Bembol Roco, Chanda Romero, Romnick Sarmenta and Dawn Zulueta
The nominatorsa for best musical scoring are Willy Cruz, Tony Cortez, John Lesaca and Blitz Padua.
The final list of nominees will be announced by the academy and the Eight Elephants Productions in a press conference for this purpose. Eight Elephants Productions has entered into a memorandum of agreement to produce and air the 24th Luna Awards on September 16, 2006 at the UP Film Center.
After the announcement of the nominees, the voters will start to preview all films nominated at the UP Film Center starting on August 14, 2006.