A movie about the “lives of four men intertwined, searching for something” was hailed Best Picture at the 2019 Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences (FAMAS) awards night held recently.
Directed by Dwein Baltazar, “Gusto Kita With All My Hypothalamus” also took home the Best Director and Best Screenplay trophies.
Nadine Lustre was victorious that night, snagging the Best Actress award for her performance in “Never Not Love You.”
In her acceptance speech, she thanked her real-life boyfriend James Reid.
“Salamat kay James na lagi akong pinu-push to be at my very best at sinisigurado na naalaala ko na I am bigger and stronger than any storm that comes my way,” she said.
Meanwhile, Victor Neri and Eddie Garcia were tied for Best Actor for their roles in “ML” and “A Short History of A Few Bad Things,” respectively.
Anne Curtis was honored as the first female recipient of the Fernando Poe Jr. Memorial Award.
“As mentioned earlier, I’m the 1st actress to receive the FPJ Memorial Award. I’m celebrating my 22nd year in this industry. I would like to dedicate this to my mom who has been dreaming to become an actress too. I pray that there be many more films with kick-ass female leads,” she said.
Here’s the full list of winners:
Best Picture: ‘Gusto Kita With all My Hypothalamus’
Grand Jury Prize (tie): ‘Ang Panahon Ng Halimaw’ and ‘Fisting’
Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Nadine Lustre (‘Never Not Love You’)
Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (tie): Eddie Garcia (‘ML’) and Victor Neri (‘A Short History Of A Few Bad Things’)
King of Comedy Dolphy Memorial Award: Maricel Soriano
FPJ Memorial Award: Anne Curtis
Lifetime Achievement Awardees: Marilou Diaz-Abaya, Laurice Guillen and Charo Santos-Concio
German Moreno Memorial Youth Achievement Award: Maymay Entrata and Bianca Umali
Dr. Jose R. Perez Memorial Award: Ali Sotto
Outstanding Performance by an Actor for Supporting Role: Joem Bascon (‘Double Twisting Double Back’)
Outstanding Performance by an Actress for Supporting Role: Adrienne Vergara (‘Dog Days’)
Outstanding Achievement in Directing: Dwein Baltazar (‘Gusto Kita With All My Hypothalamus’)
Oustanding Achievement in Cinematography: ‘Oda Sa Wala’ – Neil Daza
Outsanding Achievement in Editing (tie): ‘Kung Paano Siya Nawala’ – Lawrence Ang; ‘Pag-ukit Sa Paniniwala’ – Hiyas Baldemor Bagabaldo
Best Adapted Screenplay: ‘Tanabata’s Wife’ – Charlson Ong, Choy Pangilinan, Mao Portus, and Juan Carlos Tarobal
Best Original Screenplay: ‘Gusto Kita With All My Hypothalamus’ – Dwein Baltazar
Outstanding Achievement in Musical Score: ‘Never Tear Us Apart’ (Fisting) – Erwin Romulo, Malek Lopez and Juan Miguel Sobrepena
Outstanding Achievement in Production Design: ‘Oda Sa Wala’ -Maolen Fadul
Best Documentary Film: ‘All Grown Up’ – Wena Sanchez
Outstanding Achievement in Visual Effects: Blackburst, Inc. (‘GOYO: Ang Batang Heneral’)
Outstanding Achievement in Sound: Corine de San Jose (‘Ang Panahon Ng Halimaw’)
Best Original Song: ‘Buhay Teatro’ (Paglisan) Music by Teresa Barrozo Lyrics by Christela Marquez, Aica Ganhinhin, Carl Papa and Erika Estacio
FAMAS President Award: Atty. Vince Tanada
Arturo Padua Memorial Award: Jobert Sucaldito
Special Grand Jury Prize Short Film: Balai
Best Short Film: ‘Siyudad Sa Bulawan’ (Jarell Serencio)