Best Performance by an Actor in a Lead Role:
2. Dingdong Dantes as Ivan, a persevering husband and father abandoned by an adulterous wife in Joyce Bernal’s “Segunda Mano”. Dantes ably transformed into a passionate soul, hard-wired to do the things he felt needed to be done. When he's agitated and distraught, he tempers his outburst, effectively brandishing an undercurrent of malignant danger.
3. Aga Muhlach as Emman, the aging dance instructor in Olivia Lamasan’s “In the Name of Love”. This is Aga Muhlach at his best, uncluttered, without the distractions and vanity inherent in romantic lead roles. He grew an abdominal girth that rendered more character and allowed us to focus on the actor's emotive capacity.
4. Joel Torre as Rafael Dacanay, the cabeza of San Isidro invaded by a battalion of American soldiers in 1990 for John Sayles’ “Amigo”. But when was Torre ever bad?
5. Mark Gil as Rogelio, the struggling stuntman who was deceived by a transvestite in Lawrence Fajardo’s “Amok”. Gil displays the vulnerability of a desperate soul without dismissing the inherent humor borne out of his situation.
6. Edgar Allan Guzman as Intoy, the college guy who crosses path with an aggressive, sexually forward classmate in Erick Salud’s “Ligo na U, Lapit na Me”. Guzman exhibits a winking portrayal that displays both his dramatic and comedic skill, all in one coherent, insightful package.
7. Bembol Roco as Miguel, the husband of a woman whose wife gave birth to a fish in Adolfo Alix Jr.'s “Isda” (Fable of the Fish). Roco moves around as though a joke's being played on his family, and we feel his helplessness.
8. Alden Richards as the introverted teen boy Luis in Yam Laranas’ “The Road”. Richards deliberately took advantage of the script’s slow but steady build up, mining an emotional grit that inspires discernment. He displayed bristlingly restrained emotions, belying a calm and “angelic” exterior. Despite sparseness of movement and lines, his reticence petrified us.
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3. Angel Locsin as Cedes, the fiancé of a rising politician who hides a sad romantic past with a dance instructor in Olivia Lamasan’s “In The Name of Love”. Angel Locsin owned up Cedes like second skin. Angel's inherent sexuality is key to making Cedes' character work; her sensitivity is painfully palpable.
4. Lovi Poe as Serafina, the catty beauty pageant contestant in Chris Martinez’s remake of Joey Gosiengfiao’s “Temptation Island”. When she flips her hair and waves a stick against her enemies, she embodies this snooty girl with wild abandon. She's this seductress; the vamp from hell, and obviously, Panday's sophisticated daughter. What a joy to watch!