Famas Awardees for the 57th Famas Awards 2009

Heart Evangelista won over her co-nominees  as Best Actress for the 57th FAMAS`Award given in October 18th,

Other nominees were:
Sharon Cuneta, Caregiver; Anne Curtis for Baler; Dawn Zulueta for Magkaibigan; Judy Ann Santos for Ploning and Melissa Mendez for Kalakal.

Here is the complete report on the winners:

Actress Heart Evangelista edged out Megastar Sharon Cuneta in winning the Best Actress trophy at the 57th Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences (FAMAS) Gabi ng Parangal ceremonies held at PAGCOR Grand Theatre on Oct. 18.
Evangelista won for her role as a teacher in a remote school in the Mountain Province in the digital film, “Ay, Ayeng.” Her triumph in the category is a sort of vindication for the film since it was virtually snubbed by the Manila audience when it was shown here, despite it being screened in Hawaii and Berlin.
Still, the victory came as a surprise to some, considering that “Caregiver” not only received critical acclaim but commercial success. Plus, “Caregiver” was one of 2008’s most-awaited films because it served as Cuneta’s comeback vehicle after four years of absence from the big screen.   
The other nominees in the FAMAS Best Actress category this year were Anne Curtis (for “Baler”), Dawn Zulueta (“Magkaibigan”), Judy Ann Santos (“Ploning”) and Melissa Mendez (“Kalakal”).
Likewise, Allen Dizon romped away with the FAMAS Best Actor trophy by putting one over the more popular actors Aga Muhlach, Jericho Rosales and Richard Gutierrez in his category. Dizon did so by playing the role of a pimp in his self-produced film, “Paupahan.”
When released, the film got a Grade "B" from the Cinema Evaluation Board (CEB) and was classified as “R-13 without cuts” by the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) of the Philippines.
It can be recalled that Dizon bankrolled “Paupahan” while he was undergoing a financial crisis due to his then-floundering car trading business.
Master Showman German Moreno stood tall in the company of Emilio Garcia, John Manalo, Philip Salvador, Bojong Fernandez and Eddie Gutierrez in the Best Supporting Actor category for playing a serious gay role in “Paupahan.”
Although already a legendary TV host and talent discoverer, German’s last big role prior to “Paupahan” was in the 1996 Metro Manila Film Festival entry, “Payaso.”
Further, Moreno’s nomination for “Paupahan” was only his second time in his decades-long career. The first was in 1968 for the movie “Artista Ang Aking Asawa” which starred Philippine King of Comedy Dolphy.
The Best Supporting Actress trophy went to Snooky Serna, again, for “Paupahan.” It was another win for the actress for the same role and movie following the one at the 25th Star Awards for Movies.
The FAMAS Best Picture award was bestowed on the film, “Baler,” which was inspired by the siege of the town of Baler by Filipino revolutionaries in the 1800s. The film, a Metro Manila Film Festival entry in 2008, starred Anne Curtis and Jericho Rosales.
The 57th FAMAS Presidential Award was given to film director Carlo J. Caparas and his wife, film producer Donna Villa.   
Other winners of special awards that night were Vilma Santos (“Circle of Excellence Award”); Bong Revilla (“Fernando Poe Jr Memorial Award”); Kim Chiu, Gerald Anderson, Kris Bernal and Aljur Abrenica (“German Moreno Achievement Award”); Sarah Geronimo (“Golden Artist Award”) and Roland Dantes (“Posthumous Award”).

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