Now I know why “Rosario” did not win Best Picture

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I watched both “Ang Tanging Ina Mo: Last Na ‘To!” and “Rosario”. The only reason I watched “Ang Tanging Ina” is because it won Best Picture in the recent Metro Manila Film Festival. Ai Ai delas Alas won Best Actress award and Ang Tanging Ina Mo, O Last na ‘To won Best Picture over Graded A Rosario.

Jennylyn Mercado was not even nominated for best actress. But Marian Rivera was nominated for her super-hero role? How much acting prowess can that show?

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Just like the producers of “Rosario”, I am just as disappointed with the results. I would never watch a movie like “Ang Tanging Ina” but I did, out of curiosity.

Why did the judges choose “Ang Tanging Ina”? Let’s take a look at the criteria for Best Picture as follows: Artistry, Creativity and Technical Excellence, Innovativeness, Thematic Value and Global Appeal (70 percent) and Filipino Cultural and/or Historical Value (30 percent).

It is truly understandable why the judges chose it to win first place. It has the elements of drama-comedy that Pinoys love. The movie often shifted from dramatic scenes to slapstick comedy . It dealt with the theme : loss, death, life changes in a positive way, and enhancing filipino values. This sudden shift reminds me of the way Pinoys handle crisis, such as laughing it off during an uncomfortable situation It also portrayed the Filipino theme of family where conflict and challenges occur. “Ang Tanging Ina” is a movie that most Pinoys can relate and even sympathize with the character.

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“Rosario” is breathtakingly beautiful and quite a well-made motion picture despite some imperfections and inaccuracies. I mean , compare it with “Ang Tanging Ina” production to get the whole picture. Its story and production design is something Pinoys can be truly proud of and call our own. Two people involved in the movie, director Albert Martinez and actress Jennylyn Mercado, were not even named as nominees for their respective categories despite the film winning Second Best Picture and the Gatpuno Antonio J. Villegas Cultural Award. It had also been graded ““A” by the Cinema Evaluation Board.

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I thought Jennylyn acted well and conveyed emotions in an effective yet subtle way. She used her eyes to convey these feelings “without resorting to over-acting or even shouting” just how Ai-ai de las Alas did. The film indeed looked and felt like an old Hollywood cinema. The cinematography “achieved the vintage tone demanded by the period. A lot of interesting long takes and amazing establishing shots of picturesque landscapes and luxe locations have made the film a masterful work of art as well”. I loved the movie. For a more detailed review, read Must-see Movie: Rosario and Must-see Movie: Rosario Part II and Film review of Rosario: Love’s many faces.

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Though well written, Rosario is not a sympathetic character. She is shallow , vain and selfish (at least in the beginning) so a great majority of the movie-goers will not be able to relate to her motivations. The jurors probably decided based on the theme, the message of the movie and how it connects to the mass audience. Just by looking at handful of people in the movie-house, “Rosario” does not connect so well. What more with the jurors?

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I think the audience is intelligent enough to discern that the main character in “Rosario” is not typically Filipino in her values and conduct. It is the almost the exact opposite of “Ang Tanging Ina”. Though Ina had four husbands in her life, Rosario had only two. The difference is Ina tried to keep the family together and is the stronger woman since she was able to provide for her 12 children. Rosario, on the other hand, was weak and needy in the sense that she was always dependent on the men and other people in her life and could not face life on her own terms. It can’t be helped that this was vintage 1920 where men were controlling freaks , yet she could have done more than just being a victim.
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Ina seems like a better role model than Rosario. No doubt “Rosario” is a quality movie. It lost based on the criteria set forth by the Board of Jurors. I think the criteria should have been more specific and not just 70% lumped up to Artistry, Creativity and Technical Excellence, Innovativeness, Thematic Value and Global Appeal. What percentage does thematic and global appeal comprise of? 50% or 69%. If I were the juror, “Rosario” would still win Best Picture because my criteria would not rest heavily on global appeal.

Even if the jurors think “Rosario” does not have the thematic value and global appeal, it doesn’t mean “Rosario” is a bad movie. I believe the movie teaches us to reflect on the lessons of “Rosario”:

1. Set boundaries. One can’t repeat the same mistake all over again. At the same time one must be aware that we should also give allowances for recovery to take place.

2. Forgive. When we hold on to pain, old grudges, bitterness and even hatred, many aspects of our lives suffer. Through forgiveness, you choose to no longer define yourself as a victim.

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It is just too bad, Rosario was not given second chances. A second chance to be a more loving wife and mother. A second chance to be a better person.

Do you think “Rosario” the movie will have a second chance at other award-giving bodies from the movie industry?

Photo credits: Must-see Movie: Rosario

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  • Anonymous

    ive been eading a lot of good reviews about rosario. looks like i need to watchi in in cinema soon.

    happy new year noemi!

    • Anonymous

      watch it dear. Ganda talaga. Even if you won’t like the story, at least you will be happy with the fashion.

    • Anonymous

      watch it dear. Ganda talaga. Even if you won’t like the story, at least you will be happy with the fashion.

  • Anonymous

    ive been eading a lot of good reviews about rosario. looks like i need to watchi in in cinema soon.

    happy new year noemi!

  • I have to agree on this. It brings a very solid reason.

    • Anonymous

      I also believe the jurors should be more specific on the criteria. Artistry, Creativity and Technical Excellence, Innovativeness, Thematic Value and Global Appeal is 70%. It should be broken down to details.

      is thematic value and global appeal 69% or 50%?

    • Anonymous

      I also believe the jurors should be more specific on the criteria. Artistry, Creativity and Technical Excellence, Innovativeness, Thematic Value and Global Appeal is 70%. It should be broken down to details.

      is thematic value and global appeal 69% or 50%?

  • I have to agree on this. It brings a very solid reason.

  • I too had initial impressions that Rosario is a good contender (if not the winner) for the 36th Metro Manila Film Festival, and this is why I was even surprised that none won the prestigious MMFF award category.

    I can’t say much about Rosario because I haven’t seen it yet. I plan on seeing it together with all of the 2010 MMFF entries. I am done with RPG: Metanoia, Si Agimat at si Enteng Kabisote, Shake Rattle and Roll, and Ang Tanging Ina Mo: Last Na ‘To! Seeing your review and analysis on the film, I too can suggest that Ai Ai did deserved the award because of the film’s mass appeal and more relevant (if not ideal) to the general criteria as you’ve mentioned here as well. It only proves that a film doesn’t have to be down right serious or a drama in order to win such prestigious awards, sometimes the best way to win something is to use a proven and tested formula, this is why we have movie series like Enteng Kabisote.

    If you are wondering what my thoughts about the 36th Metro Manila Film Fest Entries you can check it out at http://pinoymovieblogger.blogspot.com

    • Anonymous

      I also think Ai ai won cos she was able to shift from dramatic and comedy roles so easily. She was deserving. It is just that Jennelyn should at least been nominated.

    • Anonymous

      I also think Ai ai won cos she was able to shift from dramatic and comedy roles so easily. She was deserving. It is just that Jennelyn should at least been nominated.

  • I too had initial impressions that Rosario is a good contender (if not the winner) for the 36th Metro Manila Film Festival, and this is why I was even surprised that none won the prestigious MMFF award category.

    I can’t say much about Rosario because I haven’t seen it yet. I plan on seeing it together with all of the 2010 MMFF entries. I am done with RPG: Metanoia, Si Agimat at si Enteng Kabisote, Shake Rattle and Roll, and Ang Tanging Ina Mo: Last Na ‘To! Seeing your review and analysis on the film, I too can suggest that Ai Ai did deserved the award because of the film’s mass appeal and more relevant (if not ideal) to the general criteria as you’ve mentioned here as well. It only proves that a film doesn’t have to be down right serious or a drama in order to win such prestigious awards, sometimes the best way to win something is to use a proven and tested formula, this is why we have movie series like Enteng Kabisote.

    If you are wondering what my thoughts about the 36th Metro Manila Film Fest Entries you can check it out at http://pinoymovieblogger.blogspot.com

  • I’ve already written about Rosario twice, once in my personal blog and the second in my Philippine arts & culture blog (sarimanok.ph). I was actually surprised when fashion blogger (the very sweet) Melai went technically in-depth so I also quoted her.

    Seeing who the jurors are, I’m surprised they used that kind of criteria. They are not qualified. Those are criteria meant for film makers. They can’t even tell the difference between Lighting and Editing (and yet they have a Best Lighting award, when one can easily see lighting and gamma correcting flaws in the composition of CG and real human beings). Maybe they should go back to using ticket sales as one of the criteria so we don’t have to pretend that the MMFF has any credibility whatsoever.

    • Anonymous

      You are right. The thematic value and global appeal , filipino history are criteria that most of the jurors might understand..but technical excellence?

    • Anonymous

      You are right. The thematic value and global appeal , filipino history are criteria that most of the jurors might understand..but technical excellence?

  • I definitely think it will have a 2nd chance in other award winning bodies. 🙂 The story of Rosario was just okay but I agree, the cinematography was just breathtaking.

    • Anonymous

      yes other award giving bodies that have better set of criteria

    • Anonymous

      yes other award giving bodies that have better set of criteria

  • I definitely think it will have a 2nd chance in other award winning bodies. 🙂 The story of Rosario was just okay but I agree, the cinematography was just breathtaking.

  • Anonymous

    aww… I want to watch Rosario 🙂 I watched Tanging ina 1 before. It was funny and sad at the same time, but I didn’t see it as a winner really. It was entertaining. Evreryone has been talking about Rosario, might watch it na without my movie buddy Mica

    • Anonymous

      yes watch it! it is not the usual commercialized pinoy movies, hence not as popular

    • Anonymous

      yes watch it! it is not the usual commercialized pinoy movies, hence not as popular

  • Anonymous

    on second note, Jenny looked a lot like my grandmother in the photos when she was still my age 🙂

    • Anonymous

      how cool. I noticed the makeup was quite authentic.

    • Anonymous

      how cool. I noticed the makeup was quite authentic.

  • Anonymous

    Just wondering…what did Rosario die from? What happened to her when she left Carding?

  • Anonymous

    Just wondering…what did Rosario die from? What happened to her when she left Carding?

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  • I haven’t watched Rosario but this piece makes me want to watch it. Rosario was not offered early in cinemas here in the province.

    I think Rosario will have more chances in other award giving bodies with a more specific criteria than the vague criteria of the MMFF.

  • I haven’t watched Rosario but this piece makes me want to watch it. Rosario was not offered early in cinemas here in the province.

    I think Rosario will have more chances in other award giving bodies with a more specific criteria than the vague criteria of the MMFF.