[PHOTO -Maja Salvador shows off her first Best Actress trophy PHOTO BY MIKE DE JUAN]

MANILA, JUNE 19, 2012 (MANILA TIMES) Written by : ED UY STAFF WRITER - Maja Salvador has always been regarded as one of the best actresses of her generation—now she has the trophy to prove it.

On Wednesday night, Salvador was named Best Actress at the 35th Gawad Urian for her titular role in the independent film Thelma.

She won over an impressive list of nominees that included Eugene Domingo, Alessandra de Rossi, Cherie Pie Picache, Diana Zubiri, Isabel Lopez, Raquel Villavicencio, Opaline Santos, Lilia Cuntapay and Fides Cuyugan.

In the Best Actor category, Paulo Avelino (photo at left) won over veterans Tirso Cruz 3rd, Raymond Bagatsing and Ronnie Lazaro for his role in the Cinemalaya film Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa.

The Best Supporting Actor award, on the other hand, went to Art Acuña (photo at right) for Niño.

Salvador’s next project is the upcoming ABS-CBN drama series Ina, Kapatid, Anak, together with Kim Chiu, Enchong Dee and Xian Lim. While Avelino currently stars in the top rating series Walang Hanggan, also on the Kapamilya network.

Indie rule

Just like last year, independent films once again dominated the Gawad Urian Awards, which was held at the AFP Theater in Camp Aguinaldo.

Avelino’s movie Sayaw was also the biggest winner of the night, bringing home a total of seven awards including Best Film; Best Supporting Actress for Jean Garcia; Best Director and Best Screenplay for Alvin Yapan; Best Cinematography for Arvin Viola and Best Music for Christine Muyco and Jema Pamintuan.

Amok won two awards, Best Sound (Albert Michael Idioma and Addiss Tabong) and Best Editing (Lawrence Fajardo). Maulen Fadul bagged the Best in Production Design for The Natural Phenomenon of Madness; Jewel Maranan’s Tundong Magiliw was named Best Documentary while Kim Carmelo’s Sirip was cited as the Best Short Film.

The Natatanging Gawad Urian, was given to cinematographer Rody Lacap for contributions to the film industry through his works Kisapmata, Itim and Oro Plata Mata. Previous recipients of this special award were National Artists Fernando Poe Jr., Gerardo de Leon, Lamberto Avellana and Eddie Romero, and creative artists like cinematographers, editors and scriptwriters.

The Gawad Urian is given annually since 1977 by the Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino (MPP). Its objectives are “to examine Filipino films, bolster the interest of the masses and the Philippine film industry, study and celebrate the achievement that will help define the good Filipino film, and cultivate the knowledge and skills that the film medium was designed for, which is to be a medium of communication and expression of our culture according to the standards and conditions of filmmaking in our country.”

Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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