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'Background' People To The Fore

18 Nov

Azizi ‘Chunk’ Adnan (centre) and Asrulhisyam Ahmad (second from right) with ushers decked out in Antoofighter costumes.

There was less glam, but giving credit to the production crew of films and telemovies was what made Anugerah Oskar Malaysia an award ceremony to remember. HIZREEN KAMAL gives you this year’s winners.

Raja Azura (right) and Adi Putra.

Shuhaimi Baba.
DESPITE it being a less glamorous affair compared with other award ceremonies, the camaraderie among film and television practitioners at the Anugerah Oskar Malaysia last Saturday was apparent.

Into its seventh consecutive year, the Oskar Night is organised by the Film Workers’ Association of Malaysia (PPFM) to give due recognition to the people behind the scenes whose roles are just as important to the success of a film or telemovie as the leading actors and director.

This year, 58 awards were given out, arguably the largest number to date for the local cinema and television.

Reigning supreme in the film category was Pesona Pictures’ 1957: Hati Malaya, which bagged the most major awards including for Film Artistic Director (Aida Fitri Buyong and Kamarul Nizam Abdul Rahman), Choice Film Melody (Sharon Paul), Film Cinematography (Mohd Filus Ghazali) and Choice Jury Film Actor (Kamarulzaman Taib).
Director Shuhaimi Baba was once again honoured with the Choice Jury Film Director award for the third consecutive year for 1957: Hati Malaya (her supernatural film Waris Jari Hantu took home nine awards at last year’s Oskar.)

1957: Hati Malaya tells the story of the country’s Merdeka heroes like Datuk Onn Ja’afar, and Tunku Abdul Rahman in their quest to gain the nation’s independence. The film also took home four awards at the 21st Malaysian Film Festival (FFM21) in August this year.

Elated by her win, Shuhaimi attributed her triumph to her production crew who had worked hard to ensure the success of the film.

“I am honoured by the recognition. But more important to me is seeing my team enjoying the night and celebrating their win together. Oskar Night is the only awards event where the production crew can join the artistes and directors,” said Shuhaimi, who has just wrapped up the filming of TV series Kasanova XXL, to be aired over TV3.

Also pleased with his win is Kamarulzaman, who described his portrayal as the country’s first Prime Minister in 1957: Hati Malaya as the toughest role he had ever played.

“I didn’t expect to win especially when Rosyam Nor was also nominated. I’m grateful to Shuhaimi for casting me in this role,” said the recipient of FFM21’s Most Promising Actor award.

Romantic drama Sepi, the movie about three individuals coping with the loss of love and loneliness, beat 13 other films to win the Choice Jury Film award. Produced by Grand Brilliance Sdn Bhd (GBSB), the film also bagged the Film Scriptwriter award (Mira Mustaffa/Ara) and Film Key Grip award (Dzulkafli Mohd Yusoh).

Mira and Ara were also honoured for the same category at FFM21 and the Anugerah Skrin 2008 (ASK 2008), respectively.

GBSB garnered six technical awards.

Soon-to-be-released Antoofighter bagged three trophies – Film Visual Effects (Asrul Hisyam Ahmad), 3D Animator (Asrul Hisyam Ahmad) and Film Costume (Azizi “Chunk” Adnan).

Jointly produced by GBSB and Imagebox Sdn Bhd, the win is bound to create a positive buzz in the local cinema scene.

“This recognition is a pleasant surprise. It never crossed our minds that any of our entries would win anything. We are here to support the event. So, yes, we were shocked when our names were announced,” said its director and Imagebox managing director, Azizi.

GBSB’s Ahmad Puad Onah said Antoofighter has what it takes to be a winner.

“The timing could not have been better as we are in the midst of promoting Antoofighter,” he said.

Rashid Sibir, known for his heart-wrenching telemovies, won the Choice Jury Telemovie Director award for the third consecutive year.

“The storyline may be simple but it’s important that everyone can relate to it. Winning awards is a bonus but what’s more valuable is that my work is appreciated by viewers,” said Rashid, on his winning formula.

Rashid is planning to direct romantic comedy, Bidadari, a movie about three effeminate men and the problems they face.

“I promise that the film will not only make the audience laugh but also have them cry buckets,” he added.

The country’s celluloid leading man and telemovies regular, Rosyam Nor, took home the Choice Jury Telemovie Actor award for Lahad.

Produced by his production house Suhan Movies & Trading Sdn Bhd, Lahad is based on the life of Iraq’s former president, Saddam Hussein.

“I am grateful that my work has been recognised. To me the Oskar award is the most prestigious award as the entries were judged by a jury comprising industry experts,” he said.

Malaysia’s first film noir Kala Malam Bulan Mengambang, directed by Mamat Khalid, bagged the Best Film at FFM21 and scored big at the ASK2008.

However, in this event, it secured only the Film Set Designer and Film Continuity awards, besides the Special Jury award for its effort in making a film with a difference.

The Winners

Choice Jury Film: Sepi

Choice Jury Film Director: Shuhaimi Baba (1957: Hati Malaya)

Choice Jury Film Actor: Kamarulzaman Taib

(1957: Hati Malaya)

Choice Jury Film Actress: Vanida Imran (Akhirat)

Tearjerker Role: Fauziah Nawi (Mencari Syurga)

Film Costume: Antoofighter

Male Villain Character: Adi Putra (Akhirat)

Female Villain Character: Raja Azura (Takbir Suci 2)

Choice Jury Telemovie Actor: Rosyam Nor (Lahad)

Choice Jury Telemovie Actress: Haliza Misbun (Schizoid)

Film Artistic Director: Aida Fitri Buyong/Kamarul Nizam Abdul Rahman (1957: Hati Malaya)

Film Cinematography: Mohd Filus Ghazali (1957: Hati Malaya)

Choice Jury Telemovie Director: Rashid Sibir

Choice Jury Telemovie: Lahad (Suhan Movies & Trading Sdn Bhd)

Film Scriptwriter: Mira Mustaffa/Ara (Sepi)

Telemovie Scriptwriter: Nazli Jaafar (Sesuci Al-Fitri)

Film Production Manager: Azlan Sani/Isma Riza (Evolusi KL Drift)

Film Audio: Brian Ng (Congkak)

Film Set Designer: Nazrul Ashraff Mahzan (Kala Malam Bulan Mengambang)

Film Visual Effects: Asrul Hisyam Ahmad (Antoofighter)

Telemovie Videography: Malek Marwi (Lillah)

Telemovie Visual Effects: Harlina Abdul Ghani (Residen)

Choice Film Melody: Sharon Paul (1957: Hati Malaya)

Telemovie Artistic Director: Mohd Firdaus Mohd Sahar (Sumur Kasih)

Film Editor: Shashidanam Rajoo (Vikrant)

Telemovie Editor: Izyan Liyana Mohd Ghazali (Tuhan Pun Tahu)

Film Producer: Metrowealth Sdn Bhd

TV Programme Series: Gerak Khas (Datuk Yusof Haslam of Skop Production Sdn Bhd)

Oskar Achievement Award: Norshah Tamby

Special Jury Award: Producing a Difference: Kala Malam Bulan Mengambang

Special Jury Award: Bringing People Closer to the Handicapped: Pensil

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Mana Sindarela?

16 Nov

SHARIFAH AMANI, pemegang watak utama siri Sindarela.

DIVA agaknya sudah terlewat untuk membangkitkan isu ini sebab Anugerah Skrin pun dah berlalu dan pemenangnya telah diumumkan. Tapi sewaktu Diva duduk minum kopi, tiba-tiba ada suara yang menyatakan keraguan tentang pencalonan drama yang bertanding.

Dia ragu kerana drama paling hebat iaitu Sindarela tak tercalon pun untuk kategori itu. Sedangkan kata teman Diva ini, Sinderela sudah pecah rekod rating apabila mengalahkan rating Buletin Utama.

Dan Diva kata mungkin sebab Sindarela masih baru, sebab itu tak tercalon. Banyaklah kemungkinan lain yang Diva bagi.

Namun jawapan teman Diva ini membuat Diva berfikir dua kali. Katanya dengan selamba: “Sebenarnya ada dicalonkan pada awal pusingan tapi ditendang kerana nak bagi drama lain bertanding dan menang.”

Gitu pulak? Jangan main cakap saja kerana mulut badan binasa tau. Tapi kalau betul bagai dikata, ehem, memang tak gentle betul siapa yang buat.

Diva: Rezeki di tangan Tuhan, bukan manusia.


'Hati' The Big Winner

16 Nov

Shuhaimi Baba (centre) posing with (from left) Kamarulzaman Taib, Aida Fitri Buyong, Kamarul Nizam Abd Rahman and Mohd Filus Ghazali after winning the Jury Choice Film Director award for ‘1957: Hati Malaya’.

KUALA LUMPUR: Pesona Pictures’ 1957: Hati Malaya reigned supreme at the 7th annual Anugerah Oskar Malaysia last night.

Adi Putra and Raja Azura with their awards for Male/Female Villain Character.

The film bagged most of the main awards, although it lost the Jury Choice Film award to Grand Brilliance Sdn Bhd’s romantic drama Sepi.

However, Hati Malaya’s director, Shuhaimi Baba, was once again honoured with the Jury Choice Film Director award — her third consecutive win.

Earlier this year, Hati Malaya had won four awards at the 21st Malaysian Film Festival.

This time, the film also took home trophies for Film Artistic Director (Aida Fitri Buyong and Kamarul Nizam Abd Rahman), Jury Choice Film Melody (Sharon Paul), Film Cinematography (Mohd Filus Ghazali) and Jury Choice Film Actor (Kamarulzaman Taib).
Shuhaimi’s supernatural film Waris Jari Hantu had taken home nine awards at last year’s ceremony.

Malaysia’s first film noir production, Kala Malam Bulan Mengambang, which emerged tops at the Malaysian Film Festival and scored big at the Anugerah Skrin 2008 last week, failed to shine this time around, securing only the Film Set Designer and Film Continuity awards.

Directed by Mamat Khalid, the film did receive a Special Jury award for the attempt of the producer and director at making “a film with a difference”.

M. Subash’s Pensil also received a Special Jury award for its attempt at “highlighting the issue of the handicapped”.

The Jury Choice Film Actress award went to Vanida Imran for her role in Akhirat, while Fauziah Nawi proved that she could move her viewers to tears when she was announced recipient of the Tear-Jerker Role award for her performance in the telemovie Mencari Syurga.

For the Male Villain Character award, Adi Putra, who shone in Akhirat, beat two other hopefuls, Mansher Singh (Vikrant) and Adlin Aman Ramlie (Susuk), while Raja Azura went home with the Female Villain Character award for her role in the telemovie Takbir Suci 2.

Meanwhile, Sepi, a drama about three individuals in the city learning about the meaning of love, loss and loneliness, bagged the Film Scriptwriter award (Mira Mustaffa and Ara) and Film Key Grip award (Dzulkafli Md Yusoh).

Fresh from his win at the Akademi Seni Kebangsaan, Rashid Sibir took home the Jury Choice Telemovie Director award.

Rosyam Nor bagged the Jury Choice Telemovie Actor award for Lahad, while Jury Choice Telemovie Actress award went to Haliza Misbun for Schizoid.

The Film Producer award was presented to Metrowealth Sdn Bhd, while Zeel Production (M) Sdn Bhd was honoured with the Telemovie Producer award.

The Telemovie Scriptwriter award went to Nazli Jaafar for Sesuci Al-Fitri.

It was interesting to note that comedy horror Antoo-fighter (produced by ImageBox Sdn Bhd and GBSB), which will only open at cinemas next week, clinched three awards — Film Visual Effects (Asrul Hisyam Ahmad), 3D Animator (Asrul Hisyam Ahmad) and Film Costume (Azizi “Chunk” Adnan).

The Tokoh Oskar 2008 award, which is similar to a lifetime achievement award, was presented to Norshah Tamby.

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ASK2008: Siapa Paling Melaram?

12 Nov

Teks oleh Ellyna Ali

Agak mengejutkan Anugerah Skrin 2008 (ASK2008) di Dewan Merdeka Pusat Dagangan Dunia Putra (PWTC), Jumaat lalu, 7 November 2008 lalu, melimpah ruah dengan tetamu dan puluhan artis popular.

Sambutan hangat itu menyebabkan kerusi tambahan terpaksa ditambah dikiri kanan pentas bagi menampung jumlah tetamu yang hadir.

Lebih awal sebelum siaran langsung pada jam 9 malam, karpet merah dilalui oleh bintang-bintang filem dan drama yang bergaya anggun. Portal mengajak anda menyaksikan antara aksi dan pose menarik selebriti yang bergaya dengan penuh teruja pada malam itu.

Habis saja anugerah itu, masing-masing  bergerak pula menuju post-party di dalam ruang lain di tingkat bawah. Sambil makan dan minum, wartawan dan jurugambar menjalankan tugas lagi mendapatkan bahan berita untuk peminat.

Jangan lupa turunkan komen jujur anda tentang fesyen mereka.


Madah Pemenang

10 Nov

IKUTI madah para pemenang Anugerah Skrin 2008 yang sempat dirakam Kosmo!.


MENGUNGGULI anugerah Pelakon Lelaki Terbaik (Drama) menerusi lakonan mantap dalam Ihsan, Zamarul Hisham yang berjaya mengenepikan nama-nama besar dalam industri seni iaitu Afdlin Shauki menerusi drama Tuhan Pun Tahu, Rusdi Ramli (Abang Mak Panggil Balik), Idris Md. Diah (Wasiat Fitrah) dan Azhar Sulaiman (Aku Bukan Buaya) mengakui teruja dengan kemenangan ini.

“Saya tidak terfikir untuk menang dalam ASK 2008 kerana senarai calon yang bersaing dalam anugerah sama cukup hebat.

“Awalnya, saya mengagak Idris Md. Diah yang bakal bawa pulang trofi ini disebabkan karakter yang dibawakan Idris cukup kuat dalam Wasiat Fitrah.

“Alhamdulillah, kemenangan berpihak pada saya. Ihsan boleh dianggap sebagai watak yang amat kuat apatah lagi saya kena berlakon dalam kubur sambil diletakkan ulat-ulat di sekeliling saya.

“Ihsan memperlihatkan kesan mendalam buat diri saya. Setelah melakonkan babak dalam kubur saya terus pulang ke rumah.

“Perasaan semasa sampai di kediaman saya cukup lain sekali. Masa hendak tidur, saya terdengar ada suara yang memanggil-manggil saya, malah saya sukar untuk bernafas.

“Lepas itu saya bersolat untuk tenangkan keadaan. Usai saja menyempurnakan sembahyang, jiwa saya rasa cukup tenang, lantas saya dapat rasakan pembaharuan dalam diri.

“Kalau orang cakap Tuhan dekat dengan umat-Nya, memang selepas itu saya rasa Allah cukup hampir dengan diri saya,” ungkap Zamarul.



MENGGONDOL anugerah Pelakon Pembantu Wanita Terbaik (Drama), Normah Damanhuri mengakui sentiasa mengimpikan watak yang berat.

“Tuhan Pun Tahu berikan saya karakter yang sukar sebagai wanita tua yang mahu menggoda lelaki muda.

“Walau sukar untuk pegang watak berkenaan, namun saya seronok kerana usaha saya dan Que membuat latihan akhirnya menunjukkan impak yang berbaloi,” luah Normah.


QUE HAIDAR yang memegang gelaran Pelakon Pembantu Lelaki Terbaik (Drama) memberitahu, dia percaya Tuhan Pun Tahu punya skrip yang baik.

“Saat dapat skrip, saya dapat tahu bakal berlakon dengan Normah Damanhuri. Memang saya gembira tidak terkira disebabkan dapat peluang berlakon dengan dia.

“Sudah lama saya hendak berlakon bersama Normah apatah lagi kami harus melakonkan babak sebagai pasangan kekasih yang berlainan peringkat umur.

“Syukurlah gandingan kami berdua akhirnya diterima sekali gus meraih kepercayaan ASK 2008,” jelasnya.


'Konsert Jom Heboh' Goes To Miri

23 Oct

Elyana appears in Konsert Fenomena: Elyana & The Fabulous Cats (RTM2, tomorrow, 3pm).

THIS weekend, “travel” to Miri in Sarawak for Konsert Jom Heboh 2008.

The two-hour concert will air “live” on Sunday (TV3, 9pm) and Spider, Hattan, Misha Omar, Bob, Nurul, Aizat, Sofaz, Suki and One Nation Emcees are among the artistes who will be performing.

Catch One Nation Emcees in Konsert Jom Heboh 2008 (TV3, Sunday, 9pm).

Penelope Cruz stars in Vanilla Sky (RTM2, tomorrow, 9pm).
Catch entertainment programme Konsert Fenomena: Elyana & The Fabulous Cats tomorrow (RTM2, 3pm). Elyana joins forces with hip-hop/pop outfit The Fabulous Cats. Watch out for other guest artistes such as Tam Spider and Ash Nair.

New series Big Shot debuts tomorrow (ntv7, 10pm). Starring Michael Varta, Dylan McDermott, Christopher Titus and Joshua Malina, the series is about four competitive friends who are at the top of their game. They seek comfort in their friendships – discussing business, confiding secrets, seeking advice and supporting each another through life’s twists and turns.


Bollygood on 2 (RTM2, 12.30pm) – Masti
Three married men, tired of their wives’ jealous ways, yearn for their carefree bachelor days. They set their sights on other women, but eventually realise they have all been seeing the same girl.

She then blackmails them but is found dead in a car the next day.

A hilarious cat-and-mouse game between the three men and a suspicious police officer follows.

Starring Ajay Devgan, Vivek Oberoi, Aftab Shivdasani, Ritesh Deshmukh and Amrita Rao.

Saturday Nite Special On 2 (RTM2, 9pm) – Vanilla Sky

After surviving a car crash, caused in part by his jilted lover, David’s face is badly injured. He struggles to find out the truth when his dreams turn into reality, and reality is a nightmare.

Everything seems muddled, until a doctor manages to repair his face, and life is back to the way it should be, together with a “mystery girl” he has been eyeing. Or is it?

Starring Tom Cruise, Penelope Cruz and Cameron Diaz.

Anugerah Skrin 2008 (TV3, 10pm) – Relung Kasih

After the death of her parents, Maria has to take care of her four siblings doing menial work to make ends meet. Her siblings grow up and lead comfortable lives of their own, but they begin to drift from her.

Starring Jasmin Hamid, Azhar Sulaiman, Siti Fazurina, Jehan Miskin and Anita Baharom.

Hong Movie Saturday (ntv7, midnight) – Dream Lover

Cheung is a penniless yet talented car mechanic. One day he meets Kei and falls in love with her, but she disappears without a trace. Years later, Cheung becomes extremely wealthy and eventually finds Kei, but it seems that things cannot be the same again.

Starring Tony Leung and Wu Chien Lien.

Chinese Movie (8TV, 8.30pm) – Sky of Love

Wen Tao and Jia Hui start communicating through a radiophone. From their conversations, they discover that they are both studying in the same institution of learning. But further into the relationship, they discover that they are very different from each other.

Starring Ken Chu and Gigi Leung.


TV3 Cinema (TV3, 12.30am) – Goal!

How far would you go to live your dreams? When Santiago Munez is given the chance of a lifetime, he must leave his family, his life in Los Angeles and everything he knows to become a sought-after football player.

Starring Kuno Becker, Stephen Dillane, Anna Friel, Marcel Lures and Alessandro Nivola.

Sunday Day Time Special (RTM2, 3pm) – Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children

Two years after Cloud & Co save the world from Sephiroth, the citizens of the planet begin suffering from a strange sickness called Seikon-Shoukougun. Meanwhile, Cloud has secluded himself, and is being haunted by demons from his past.

This stunning animation features the voice talents of Takahiro Sakurai, Ayumi Ito, Tsuduruhara Miyuu, Maaya Sakamoto and Keiji Fujiwara.

Pesona 3 (TV3, 3pm) – Ragam Pemandu

Hamid is dedicated chauffeur to Rahim, who is always helpful to Hamid’s family, despite the gaping difference in their social status. Rahim also pays for Hamid’s children’s education.

Starring Hamid Gurka, Aznah Hamid and Latiff Ibrahim.

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Capture It All On Skrin

13 Aug

From left: Sofea Jane, Media Prima Television Networks group chief executive officer Datuk Farid Ridzuan and Vanidah Imran at the Anugerah Skrin Press conference.
From left: Sofea Jane, Media Prima Television Networks group chief executive officer Datuk Farid Ridzuan and Vanidah Imran at the Anugerah Skrin Press conference.

With more awards and a ‘diamond’ theme, the 10th Anugerah Skrin awards show is aiming for the stars, writes SHARMILA BILLOT.

WITH “diamond” as its theme, it’s going to be a sparkling show when the 10th Anugerah Skrin awards ceremony is held in November.

The TV3 awards show is aimed at honouring the entertainment’s industry best actors, actresses, directors and filmmakers.

This year’s event sees the addition of a new award (Best Supporting Role for Male & Female in the film category) on top of its 21 existing awards – so there’s now nine for TV drama, comedy and serials, seven for films and six for other TV productions.

The nominees, selected based on AC Nielsen ratings, are productions screened from July 1 of last year until June of this year.

Twenty-one feature films are vying for Best Film. They are Cinta Yang Satu, Haru Biru, Kayangan, Impak Maksima, Otai, 1957: Hati Malaya, 9 September, Misteri Orang Minyak, Nana Tanjung 2, Anak Halal, Kala Malam Bulan Mengambang, Cuci, Dunia Baru The Movie, Anak, Duyung, Akhirat, Evolusi KL Drift, Congkak, Cinta U-Turn, Apa Kata Hati?, Pensil and Sepi.

The other awards are Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Supporting Male and Best Supporting Female.

There are nine awards that dramas/comedies/serials are vying for. They are Best Drama, Best Male Actor, Best Female Actor, Best Male Supporting Actor, Best Female Supporting Actor, Best Director, Best Television Screenplay, Best Drama Series and Best Comedy Drama Series.

For productions other than dramas, the awards are Best Documentary/Magazine, Best Talkshow, Best Musical Programme, Best Entertainment (non-musicals) Programme, Best Reality Programme and Best Special Report.

There are 18 nominees for dramas, 13 for serials and six for comedies.

The nominees for dramas are Kehangatan Lantana, Ihsan, Tuhan Pun Tahu, Cinta Si Rempit, Suara Saleha, Cari Pulanglah Di Aidilfitri, Nasi Lemak Lebaran, Kebun Tok Mudim, Calon Madu, Wasiat Fitrah, Raya Sedondon, Abang! Mak Panggil Balik, Relung Kasih, Aku Bukan Buaya, Jangan Lupa, Hang 2 and Kembalikan Amanda.

Nominees for serials are Jelatang, Iris, Manjalara, Bella, Takdir Yang Terindah, Bicara Aur Dengan Tebing, Tangisan Bulan madu, Bilik No.13, Akademi Polis, Pendekar Lima, Elly, Ghost and Jangan Main Belakang.

The nominees for comedies are Mr. Mama, Bujang Antik, Depan Rumah Sebelah Kedai, Pak Pandir Moden, Gaia and Di Bawah Ketiak Isteri.

TV3’s chief executive officer, Datuk Amrin Awaludin, said this year all television stations under Media Prima Berhad, Astro and RTM will be participating.

“There are many new faces this time around and I see this as a positive sign,” he said, adding that he hoped this would spur the industry to come out with better quality work.


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