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There were some surprises in this year’s Anugerah Skrin, writes

IT was a night to remember for veteran actor Sabri Yunus. His first foray into directing brought him success at last week’s Anugerah Skrin 2011 (ASK11).

His  Sanggul Beracun took home the Best Drama, Best TV Screenplay and Best Videography awards, while he was crowned Best Director For Drama.

“The other directors might have done this (directing) many times before, but it was a first for me,” Sabri told the press after his win. “So, I didn’t have any expectations at all.”

“This is all new to me. I should’ve done this long ago,” he said. “My production team did say this was my time to shine. I’m glad it has paid off.”

Starring Namron and Erra Fazira, Sanggul Beracun was adapted from a myth of a woman who must kill 100 husbands to retain her beauty. Sabri tweaked the story, so his version has the villagers sympathising with her instead of getting angry, like in the original.

On a big screen side, KRU Studios bagged the Best Film award for Magika, which boasts many popular names.

A multiple winner in the film category was Cun, directed by Osman Ali who won Best Director For A Film award. The film also won the awards for Best Actor (Remy Ishak) and Best Supporting  Actress (Nadiya Nisaa).

“This win is exceptionally special for my career,” said Osman. “I had figured this film as not big enough to win the biggest award of the night.”

Remy was surprised to have won. “I’m very thankful for this recognition.” In Cun, he faced difficulties in mastering the Kedah dialect, playing a character very different from his previous roles. “I think the hardship helped me earn the award.”

Siti Shahrizah, also known as Eja, won the Best Actress In A Film award for her work in Janin. She has nothing but praise for the film, saying that it fielded an experienced cast, a great storyline and moral values. “There wasn’t much publicity and yet it got good feedback.”

Datin Paduka Umie  Aida took home the Best Actress In A Drama award for Airmata Nur Salina. She said it felt like she was winning for the first time, because it’s been so long since she was last nominated for an award.

“By winning, it doesn’t mean that I’m content with my achievements. The awards only encourage me to excel in my career and never be complacent.”

The late Faizal Yusof received the posthumous award for Best Supporting Actor In A Drama. His brother Zulkifli who accepted the award, said that this was the former’s first win, so he would’ve been thrilled.

Overall, Anugerah Skrin this year was technically a success, but like previous years, the event was marred by the lack of chemistry between the hosts, Ally Iskandar and Rozita Che Wan.

While Ally was a natural, Rozita was trying to hard to appear professional and in the end, she faltered. Ally was over the top, too, in trying to make the ambience comfortable for her sake.

The use of the iPad wasn’t helpful at all because most award presenters ended up grappling with the device.

The audience, including celebrities, also didn’t appear to have enjoyed the night. It was either that, or they just weren’t supportive of their friends, because not many clapped when the winners were announced.

Some of the performances, however, sort of saved the ASK11 from being a total bore. Commendable was the poetry recital by Datuk Rahim Razali, which was accompanied by a melancholic tune and a visual presentation of artistes who have left us.

Alyah, Shila and Jaclyn Victor’s strong performance of a medley of Anuar Zain’s songs was another highlight. And the stage’s LED effects were eye-catching.

One good advice for the future is to hire TV personalities who are already known for their hosting abilities. The hosts are, after all, the backbone of the whole event.

The winners’ list

Best Film — Magika
Best Director For A Film — Osman Ali (Cun)
Best Actor In A Film — Remy Ishak
Best Actress In A Film — Siti Shahrizah (Eja) (Janin)
Best Supporting Actor In A Film — Sidek Hussin (Karak)
Best Supporting Actress In A Film — Nadiya Nisaa (Cun)
Best Drama — Sanggul Beracun
Best Director For A Drama — Sabri Yunus (Sanggul Beracun)
Best Actor In A Drama — Eman Manan (Janji Syurga)
Best Actress In A Drama — Umie Aida (Airmata Nur Salina)
Best Supporting Actor In A Drama — Faizal Yusof (Jangan Hantar Aku Ke Neraka)
Best Supporting Actress In A Drama — Elfira Loy (Kum Kum)
Best Drama Series — Juvana
Best Comedy Drama — Geng Surau
Best Entertainment Programme — Maharaja Lawak Finale
Best Reality Show — Showdown 2011: Top 12 Show
Best Musical Show — Shout Awards 2011
Best Film Screenplay — Erhan Baharudin and Sujin Lee (Aku Tak Bodoh)
Best TV Screenplay — Sabri Yunus (Sanggul Beracun)
Best Talk Show — Selami Jiwa: Datuk Fadzillah Kamsah
Best News — Buletin Utama: Pengemis Terhormat
Best Documentary — Suatu Ketika: Episode 12 — Yuen Yuet Leng
Best Videography — Balang Rimbun Sdn Bhd (Sanggul Beracun)
Yasmin Ahmad Award — Shamsul Yusof
Pantene ­— (Harapan) Award — Fazli Daniel Ali (Yang Terpuji)

(From left) Alyah, Shila and Jacly Victor showed their vocal prowess

Best Actress award winners Umie Aida (left, for drama category) and Eja (for film category)

Rahim Razali’s poetry-reading was touching

Sabri Yunus


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