SHOWBIZ Row Mars PHL Entry to Oscars Best Foreign Language Category?

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CANNES FILM FESTIVAL Best Actress Jaclyn Jose stars in ‘Ma Rosa,’ the Philippines’ entry to this year’s Oscars Awards.

Is there a problem with the Philippine entry to the best foreign language film entry to this year’s Oscars?

Some have questioned why Venice Film Festival best picture “Ang Babaeng Humayo” megged by Lav Diaz was left out in the screening for the official Philippine entry.

But the movie’s star Charo Santos-Concio said she has no problem with “Ma Rosa,” the chosen entry, sayind she will accept any decision that has been made by the Film Academy of the Philippines’ (FAP) in regard to Philippine’s submission for the Oscars.

As reported on PEP News, earlier, some film critics and netizens have expressed frustration and criticism, after it was reported that the FAP has chosen Brillante Mendoza’s “Ma’ Rosa” as Philippine’s bet for the 89th Academy Awards’ Best Foreign Language Film category.

The reason given by those who opposed was that while Jaclyn Jose won Best Actress at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival, it was Lav Diaz’s “Ang Babaeng Humayo” that was the better choice – not only because it won the Golden Lion for Best Film at the Venice Film Festival, but for the fact that Diaz’s films have won various international awards in the past, including the Silver Bear Alfred Bauer Prize at the Berlinale for “Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis”.

“Ang Babaeng Humayo” had also recently created buzz at the Toronto International Film Festival, where it premiered on 21 September.

However, when asked about it recently, Charo Santos stated that while she would appreciate having her movie selected, she would also welcome any decision made by FAP.

“Of course it would be great if our film was chosen, but people’s taste varies. You just have to accept that,” she said.

In another interview, Charo stated that the submission is not within their control, and that everybody should just respect the film that has been chosen by the Film Academy.

 

Meanwhile, “Ma’ Rosa”, the official Philippine entry for the Best Foreign Language Film category of the 89th Academy Awards, has been cited as a “top tier contender” by two reputable Oscars prediction site.

The movie on police corruption drama of the award-winning director won the Cannes film festival’s Best Actress award for Jaclyn Jose and could be a contender for the award.

The Film Academy of the Philippines (FAP) picked “Ma’ Rosa” from nine film nominees for the Oscars. These nominees were Joel Lamangan’s “Felix Manalo,” Jun Lana’s “Anino sa Likod ng Buwan,” Erik Matti’s “Honor Thy Father,” Lav Diaz’s “Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis,” Brillante Mendoza’s “Ma’ Rosa,” Paul Soriano’s “Dukot,” Eduardo Roy, Jr.’s “Pamilya Ordinaryo,” Gil Portes’ “Ang Hapis at Himagsik ni Hermano Puli” and Roderick Cabrido’s “Tuos.”

According to published reports, “Ma’ Rosa” has been ranked number 9 by AwardsCircuit.com, an Oscar prediction site,  as of September 14 in a list of official and unofficial entries in the hotly contested category.

The reports added that among the predicted Top 5 nominees, however, “Elle” from France is not yet an official entry. Two more films, “The Lure” from Poland and “Sand Storm” from Israel, that make up the rest of the Top 10, have yet to be submitted officially by their respective countries to the Academy.

“Ma’ Rosa” should be ranked sixth overall behind Germany’s “Toni Erdmann,” Chile’s “Neruda,” Venezuela’s “From Afar” and Mexico’s “Desierto,” it was disclosed.

AwardsCircuit.com is an Oscar-prediction site where the Philippines figured prominently in 2012 with Jun Lana’s “Bwakaw” peaking at number 6 and “Transit” ranking as high as number 15 in 2013.

The country’s last two entries, Lav Diaz’s “Norte: Hangganan ng Kasaysayan” and Jerrold Tarog’s “Heneral Luna”, did not appear in the site’s rankings.

In Indiewire.com, another entertainment news site, “Ma’ Rosa” is bracketed among “Contenders” that include several other films.

Since the Best Foreign Language Film award has been introduced by the Oscars in 1953, the Philippines has submitted a total of 26 films for consideration by the Academy. Not one has made the list of final nominees.

The final five nominees will be announced on January 24 next year while the winner will be named during the awards ceremony scheduled on February 26.

The FAP reported  that only eight of nine nominees, plus “Ang Babaeng Humayo” of Lav Diaz, submitted the requirements for consideration as Director Jun Lana declined to pursue the selection of “Anino sa Likod ng Buwan.” Lana’s “Bwakaw” was the Philippine entry to the Oscars in 2012.

The four-hour movie, “Ang Babaeng Humayo,” won for Lav Diaz the top award in the Venice film festival.

Lav Diaz’ “Norte, Sa Hangganan ng Kasaysayan” was the country’s official submission in 2014.

 “Ang Babaeng Humayo’s” which stars comebacking actress Charo Santos and John Lloyd Cruz is now playing in theaters in the Philippines.

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