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How do the stars look at being nominated in or perceived by some people to have been unduly shut out from an acting category? Edgar Allan Guzman and Iza Calzado weigh in on the topic.

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Edgar Allan “EA” Guzman is chirpy that up to now, his performance in the comedy-drama “Deadma Walking” continues to get nods from various award-giving bodies.

Iza Calzado and Edgar Allan 'EA' Guzman (mb.com.ph)

Iza Calzado and Edgar Allan ‘EA’ Guzman

The movie was an entry to the 43rd edition of Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) where he bagged the Best Supporting Actor award. Just last week, the Society of Philippine Entertainment Editors (SPEEd) leveled him up by nominating him in the Best Actor Category of the 2nd Entertainment Editors’ Choice Award for Movies or Eddys Awards.

“Masaya ako na-a-appreciate nila ‘yung ginawa ko. Kahit hindi ko man sinabi na ‘Ako ‘yung bida dito,’ nakita nila sa performance ko, lumabas sa resulta ng ginawa ko,” he said at a gathering for McDonald’s National Breakfast Day.

EA played Mark, a gay guy who is the best friend of one terminally ill who faked his own death.

Asked if he expects to win at The Eddys, EA answered he would want to but he isn’t losing sleep over it.

“Kumbaga kung ibibigay sa akin bakit hindi. Lahat naman tayo ‘pag nakita mo ‘yung pangalan mong nominated siyempre hinihiling mong manalo. Gusto ko (na manalo) pero hindi ako nag-e-expect kasi mahirap mag-expect eh,” he explained.

“Basta ako nagdadasal na lang ako na ‘Lord, kung para sa akin talaga eh ibigay Mo.'”

He added that just being nominated in that category is already a huge honor for him. Besides, that movie opened a lot of opportunities for him so the awards are just bonuses.

EA is working on the movie “Mata Tapang,” a finalist in the Cine Filipino Film Festival. He will also start shooting a film under Quantum Films of Atty. Joji Alonso.

“Ang sarap lang sa feeling kasi ang laking tulong nu’ng nagawa ng MMFF at ‘Deadma Walking’ sa buhay ko,” he said.

Will he play gay again in the future?

“Kung maganda naman ‘yung material at kung interesting ‘yung istorya bakit naman hindi,” he noted.

But EA cleared it won’t happen anytime soon as “ang hirap lang sundan kasi may mga taong nagandahan, nagalingan. So para sa akin all out na siya, so ano pa bang magagawa ko as bading.”

Flipside

Iza Calzado, who had a cameo in “Deadma Walking,” was also asked about her opinion on the list of nominees of the 2nd Eddys Awards.

Note that many of her starrers last year figured in at least one category. Her independent supernatural horror movie starrer “Ilawod,” where she played Kathy, is up for Best Visual Effects and Best Supporting Actress (for Therese Malvar). The comedy-drama film “Seven Sundays,” where Iza also had a cameo, bagged nominations for two of the male actors namely Ronaldo Valdez and Aga Muhlach.

Her psychological thriller film “Bliss,” where Iza won the Yakushi Pearl Award for Best Performance at the Osaka Film Festival last year, is also in the running for this year’s Eddys Awards in the Best Visual Effects category.

But Iza, herself, was not nominated in the Best Actress category, a reporter pointed out.

Well, the actress simply said it’s always the organizer’s prerogative when it comes to that and it doesn’t offend her at all if she doesn’t make the cut.

“It’s their call,” she explained. “I mean I would love to be nominated pero baka they didn’t find my work worthy enough for… kasi lahat ‘yan may sari-sarili naman silang criteria. Pangit naman ng salitang ‘hindi worthy’ ’cause I always feel like everybody is worthy, so that’s not the right term (to use). Maybe just for their criteria, it (the performance) didn’t fit.”

She added: “I don’t know what they’re (SPEEd) pushing for. Baka gusto nila wholesome, eh hindi wholesome ‘yung ‘Bliss.’ If somebody could tell me why I wasn’t included, I would love to understand why—but it’s not like I would get mad over that.”

Asked how she knows if she’s doing a good job or not, and if an award is helpful to her career, she said it is in that it encourages her to keep on giving her best.

Iza admitted she’s “self-critical” and she often asks feedback on her performance from people whose opinion matters to her.

“I don’t even know if I’m doing a good job. Honestly iniisip ko, like, with ‘Bliss,’ they say it’s a good performance kasi I won an award outside the country prior to it being shown here…

“But when I’m watching myself, I always say, ‘Oh I should have done better, I should have done this, I should have done that.’ But if the people I respects tell me I did a good job, then that really helps.”

Who are they?

“Well, if my dad is alive, his opinion will be the most important one because he’s in the industry, may alam siya sa acting,” said she, referring to the late Lito Calzado, a choreographer and a TV director.

“He would always teach me in terms of acting, in terms of performance he’s very tutok. He would always tell me ‘Anak lagyan mo pa ng puso.’ Hindi ko siya ma-gets dati but now I do.”

The actress is set to make a movie for this year’s Cinemalaya, and a teleserye with Julia Barretto and Joshua Garcia.

Both EA and Iza are managed by Noel Ferrer.

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