Noy chosen as RP bet in Oscars’ Best Foreign Language Film category

The Film Academy of the Philippines (FAP) chose the docu-drama Noy as the Philippines’ entry in the 2011 Academy Awards, also known as the Oscars, reports PEP.ph. Noy will vie for a nomination in the Best Foreign Language Film category. The Oscar nominees will be announced on January 25, 2011 at 5:30 a.m. (Pacific time), and the awards night will be held on February 27, 2011 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, California.

Noy beat four other contenders: Sa’Yo Lamang directed by Laurice Guillen, Two Funerals by Gil Portes, and Sagrada Familia and Dukot by Joel Lamangan. The film starring Coco Martin got the nod of three out of five members of the FAP special committee. Jose Carreon, part of the FAP special committee and secretary of the Directors’ Guild of the Philippines Inc., told PEP.ph why they chose Noy. "The Philippine entry to the Oscars must have a Pinoy feel, an international appeal and world-class quality. The theme should be distinctly Filipino but the message must be universal," he said in a mix of Filipino and English.

Trailer of Noy

According to the film’s official website, the movie is about Noy (Coco Martin) who "poses as a journalist commissioned to come up with a documentary following the campaign trail of his namesake and top presidential bet Noynoy Aquino in the 2010 national elections. Infused with actual documentary footage, the film deals with poverty, survival and hope for the Filipino family."

Aside from Martin, who co-directed and co-produced the movie, the cast includes Cherry Pie Picache, Joem Bascon, Cheska Briones, Erich Gonzales, Vice Ganda and Baron Geisler.

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