'BuyBust,' 'Signal Rock' to go head-to-head at 2019 Gawad Urian

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Posted at May 08 2019 08:35 PM

Anne Curtis stars in 'Buy Bust,' while Christian Bables is the lead of 'Signal Rock' --both movies received virtually the same number of Gawad Urian nominations.

MANILA - Erik Matti's "BuyBust" and Chito Roño's "Signal Rock" will go head-to-head at the 2019 Gawad Urian after they received virtually the same number of nominations. 

"BuyBust," Matti's action flick about a team of cops forced to fight for their lives inside a drug den in Manila, got rave reviews when it premiered last year -- both internationally and locally -- and has scored 10 nominations, including best picture and best director. 

The film became a powerful vehicle for its star, Anne Curtis, to call for more women-led action movies. She has two Gawad Urian best actress nods: one for "BuyBust," and another for her role in the romantic drama "Sid & Aya: Not a Love Story." 

"Signal Rock," Roño's newest "masterpiece" which tells the story of a boy who communicates with his sister by climbing dangerous rock formations for cellular signal, got 9 nominations, including best actor for its lead, Christian Bables. 

It was the country's entry to last year's Oscars, but failed to make the shortlist for the foreign language film category. 

"ML," about a delusioned military general who tortures students, portrayed by Eddie Garcia, picked up eight nominations. Garcia will compete with Bables, as well as with himself after he was also recognized for his part in "Hintayan ng Langit." 

Below is the full list of nominations: 

Best Picture

"A Short History of a Few Bad Things," Gale Osorio
"Ang Panahon ng Halimaw," Bianca Balbuena et.al.
"BuyBust," Vic del Rosario Jr. et.al.
"ML," Roselle Lorenzo
"Signal Rock," Chito Roño

Best Director

Whammy Alcazaren, "Never Tear Us Apart"
Keith Deligero, "A Short History of a Few Bad Things"
Lav Diaz, "Ang Panahon ng Halimaw"
Alec Figuracion, "The Eternity Between Seconds"
Denise O'Hara, "Mamang"
Carl Joseph Papa, "Paglisan"
Chito S. Roño, "Signal Rock"
Erik Matti, "BuyBust"
Benedict Mique, Jr., "ML"
Irene Emma Villamor, "Meet Me in St. Gallen"

Best Actress

Ai-Ai delas Alas, "School Service"
Perla Bautista, "Kung Paano Hinihintay ang Dapithapon"
Anne Curtis, "BuyBust"
Anne Curtis, "Sid and Aya"
Glaiza de Castro, "Liway"
Maribeth Fanglayan, "Tanabata's Wife"
Celeste Legaspi, "Mamang"
Nadine Lustre, "Never Not Love You"
Iyah Mina, "Mamu: And a Mother Too"
Bela Padilla, "Meet Me in St. Gallen"
Pokwang (Marietta Subong), "Oda sa Wala"

Best Actor

Carlo Aquino, "Meet Me in St. Gallen"
Christian Bables, "Signal Rock"
Dingdong Dantes, "Sid and Aya"
Ketchup Eusebio, "Mamang"
Eddie Garcia, "Hintayan ng Langit"
Eddie Garcia, "ML"
Miyuki Kamimura, "Tanabata's Wife"
Tony Labrusca, "ML"
Victor Neri, "A Short History of a Few Bad Things"
Dante Rivero, "Kung Paano Hinihintay ang Dapithapon"

Best Supporting Actress

Pinky Amador, "Ang Panahon ng Halimaw"
Bituin Escalante, "Ang Panahon ng Halimaw"
Cherie Gil, "Citizen Jake"
Daria Ramirez, "Signal Rock"
Nova Villa, "Miss Granny"

Best Supporting Actor

Arjo Atayde, "BuyBust"
Nonie Buencamino, "Citizen Jake"
Teroy Guzman, "Citizen Jake"
Joel Lamangan, "School Service"
Victor Neri, "BuyBust"
Romnick Sarmenta, "Kung Paano Hinihintay ang Dapithapon"
Lou Veloso, "Citizen Jake"

Best Screenplay

Dwein Baltazar, "Gusto Kita With All My Hypothalamus"
Lav Diaz, "Ang Panahon ng Halimaw"
Alec Figuracion, "The Eternity Between Seconds"
Paul Grant, "A Short History of a Few Bad Things"
Erik Matti & Anton Santamaria, "BuyBust"
Benedict Mique, Jr., "ML"
Rody Vera, "Signal Rock"
Irene Emma Villamor, "Meet Me in St. Gallen"

Best Production Design

Popo Diaz, "Ang Panahon ng Halimaw"
Michael Espanol & Roma Regala, "BuyBust"
Roy Lachica, "Goyo"
Martin Masadao, "Mamang"
Mark Sabas, "Signal Rock"
Aped Santos, "Liway"
Thesa Tang, "Never Tear Us Apart"

Best Cinematography

Neil Bion, "BuyBust"
Neil Daza, "Signal Rock"
Nap Jamir, "Tanabata's Wife"
Larry Manda, "Ang Panahon ng Halimaw"
Pao Orendain, "Meet Me in St. Gallen"
Sasha Palomares, "Never Tear Us Apart"
Rommel Sales, "The Eternity Between Seconds"

Best Editing

Gerone Centeno & Tom Estrera, "Citizen Jake"
Keith Deligero & Maria Estela Paiso, "A Short History of a Few Bad Things"
Alec Figuracion, "The Eternity Between Seconds"
Jay Halili, "BuyBust"
Carlo Francisco Manatad, "Meet Me in St. Gallen"
Carlo Francisco Manatad, "Sid and Aya"
Carlo Francisco Manatad, "Signal Rock"
May-i Guia Padilla, "Tanabata's Wife"
Mikael Angelo Pestano, "ML"

Best Music

Jake Abella, "Aria"
Pearlsha Abubakar, "ML"
Jamaar Ajero et al, "A Short History of a Few Bad Things"
Kurt Alalag, May-i Guia Padilla & Mark Tan, "Tanabata's Wife"
Teresa Barrozo, "Mamang"
Teresa Barrozo, "Paglisan"
Malek Lopez & Erwin Romulo, "BuyBust"
Malek Lopez & Erwin Romulo, "Never Tear Us Apart"

Best Sound

Aian Caro, Lamberto Casas, Jr. & Albert Michael Idioma, "ML"
Jason Conanan, Daryl Libongco & Mikko Quizon, "Meet Me in St. Gallen"
Whannie Dellosa & Steven Vesagas, "BuyBust"
Albert Michael Idioma, "Signal Rock"
Malek Lopez & Erwin Romulo, "Never Tear Us Apart"
Rico Mambo & Angeli Sarmiento, "A Short History of a Few Bad Things"