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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Mar 1, 2011

There are Fil-Am producers among recent Oscar winners

THE OSCAR winners turned out to be very predictable. All our predictions in a previous column are correct. We still believe “The Social Network” should have won as best picture. It was masterfully crafted by Director David Fincher and we’re glad it won best editing as putting it all together must have been a very difficult job since it’s told from different viewpoints and in a non-linear manner. It certainly requires more active participation for the viewer than “King’s Speech”. Also, it’s a film about today’s Facebook generation, so it’s definitely much more reflective of our times.

Two nominated Fil-Ams didn’t win, Hailee Steinfield as best supporting actress for “True Grit” and Matthew Libatique for best cinematography in the film “Black Swan”. But in the best live action short film category, three Fil-Am ladies won for producing “God of Love”, an 18-minute comedy about a darts champion, Raymond Goodfellow (Luke Matheny, who also wrote and directed it), who gets a package of passion-inducing darts. The producers of the film are Stefanie Walmsley and Gigi Dement, while the marketing and distribution producer is Stephen Dypiangco. Walsmley is said to be a former child star and once hosted “Eat Bulaga” before leaving for the U.S. Wonder who could she be. She’s now based in New York, along with Dement, who was born in Baguio. Dypiangco is based in L.A. The film also won the 2010 Student Academy Awards, the special jury recognition at the Aspen ShortsFest, and the first prize and King Award for Screenwriting at the New York University Film Festival.