Monday, February 18, 2008

Love of Siam, Muay Thai Chaiya top Subhanahongsa Awards

A drama about family dysfunction and gay teen romance, The Love of Siam, won the two top Subhanahongsa Awards on Sunday night.

The Best Director award went to Chukiat Sakweerakul, who thanked his parents for teaching him what love was all about. He also thanked the drama's ensemble cast, saying "this award is not for me alone, but for all who acted in the film." Chukiat, 26, had previously directed the psychological thriller, 13 Beloved, and made his feature-film debut with 2004's psychological horror Pisaj (Evil). He will next be working on a follow-up to 13 Beloved, 14 Begin.

Winning the Best Film award, Love of Siam producer Prachaya Pinkaew thanked Sahamongkol Film International executive producer Somsak "Sia Jieng" Techarattanaprasert "for not allowing commercial gains be the priority in producing The Love of Siam", according to The Nation.

Although the filmmakers made a conscious effort to market the film to mainstream audiences by omitting aspects of the gay romance between the two male characters in the film's posters and trailers, The Love of Siam was still a commercial risk because of its length, of around 2.5 hours. A three-hour director's cut has been showing to sold-out audiences at the tiny House cinema in Bangkok.

The Love of Siam also won Best Supporting Actress for Chermarn "Ploy" Boonyasak's role as the lookalike of a sister who had disappeared. (Or was possibly the sister, but had amnesia - who knows?)

The Best Actress award was an upset, going to Marsha Wattanapanich for her role as conjoined twin sisters in the horror thriller, Alone. This shut out a National Film Association win for Sinjai Plengpanich, who played the troubled mother in The Love of Siam. Sinjai had already won other Best Actress awards for her role, include Starpics and the Kom Chad Luek Awards. This year's Best Actress category was very competitive, though, featuring many fine performances by some veteran Thai leading ladies. Others nominated were Lalita Panyopas Sasiprapha for Ploy, Woranuch Wongsawan for Perng Mang the Haunted Drum and Suwajanee Chaimusik for Seven Days to Leave My Wife.

Akara Amarttayakul and Sonthaya Chitmanee won the Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor awards for Muay Thai Chaiya. Akara portrays a boxer caught up in the gritty underground world of Muay Thai in the 1970s, while Sonthaya played Akara's character's loyal friend.

Muay Thai Chaiya won the most awards. In addition to the best actor and best supporting actor nods, it also won for Best Editing, Best Make-Up and Best Art Direction.

The homosexual crime action thriller Bangkok Love Story won Best Screenplay (for director Poj Arnon) and Best Cinematography (for Tiwa Moeithaisong). It also won for Best Sound, and was tied for second place with three awards with The Love of Siam, which won Best Film, Best Director and Best Supporting Actress.

Alone also picked up the award for Best Song, "Suan Nueng Khong Chan", which was sung by Marsha. The Life of Buddha won for Best Score, which was one of the highlights of the animated drama.

The awards ceremony was held at in Bangkok at Siam Niramitr Theatre and was attended by about 1,000 celebrities. From what I gather from the photos of the ceremony, it was a relatively understated, austere affair, in memorium of HRH Princess Galyani Vadana, who died on January 2.

Black was the color of choice for most gowns, Marsha Wattanapanich's red dress (to match her lipstick) being one of the exceptions. There were a few others, too, including some actors wearing all-white suits.

Some of the dresses sported by some of the guests in attendance were a bit too revealing. But there was nothing approaching the flesh-baring, liberating gutsiness that Amy Chotiros showed last year, which caused a huge scandal that saw the actress being harshly disciplined by her university and cut out of a movie role. This year, presenters were under orders to keep their wardrobe tasteful. For a look at some of the celebrities and what they were wearing, check out this gallery at The Nation Weblogs.

Widely viewed as "Thailand's Oscars", the Subhanahongsa Awards are given by the Federation of National Film Associations of Thailand.

Subhanahongsa Awards for films released in 2007

Best Picture

  • The Love of Siam (Sahamongkol Film Internationa)

Best Director

  • Chukiat Sakweerakul for The Love of Siam

Best Actor

  • Akara Amarttayakul for Muay Thai Chaiya

Best Actress

  • Marsha Wattanapanich for Alone

Best Supporting Actor

  • Sonthaya Chitmanee for Muay Thai Chaiya

Best Supporting Actress

  • Chermarn Boonyasak for The Love of Siam

Best Screenplay

  • Poj Arnon for Bangkok Love Story

Best Cinematography

  • Tiwa Moeithaisong for Bangkok Love Story

Best Film Editing

  • Sonit Atwinigon for Muay Thai Chaiya

Best Sound

  • Wachai Rawongsarut for Bangkok Love Story

Best Original Song

  • "Suan Nueng Khong Chan", from Alone, performed by Marsha Wattanapanich

Best Original Score

  • Gaywan Golawanotai for The Life of Buddha

Best Art Direction

  • Tana Maykaampoot and Natniti Sotganwijit for Muay Thai Chaiya

Best Costume Design

  • Charaa Wanaalai for Kung Fu Tootsie

Best Make Up

  • Marit Choakbecha for Muay Thai Chaiya

Best Visual Effects

  • Julien Vanhoenacker and Joaquim Montserrat for Body #19

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(Via Lakorns; Photo: From left, best supporting actor Sonthaya Chitmanee, best supporting actress Chermarn Boonyasak; best actress Marsha Wattanapanich; best actor Akara Amarttayakul, via The Nation/Warisara Wuthikul)


  1. Small world, I didn't know you had blog. -bookmark-

    I been following your Rotten Tomatoes page for ages.

    Was I being catty? I thought I was pretty tame.


  2. Yes, I've switched over to Blogger since the end of 2007. I am slowly copying my content over and back-dating it, since Blogger's search functions are better and categorization is more flexible.

    I thought a couple of remarks were catty - thinking Tik Jesdaporn Pholdee was dead made me laugh out loud.

    Catty is good. The cattier the better.

  3. The Subhanahongsa's Best Original Song is "Suan Neung Khong Chan" from "Alone", isn't it?

  4. Hey Nanoguy, thanks for commenting!

    I had conflicting information on the Best Original Song when I originally posted, so I checked with an office colleague who told me she watched the awards telecast. She also checked Manager, which listed The Life of Buddha as the winner.

    I'll be happy to make a correction, if a verifiable, correct source shows different.

  5. The telecast said Alone's song is the winner, maybe Manager got the wrong awarded list? (I don't know exactly.)

    Anyway, Parinippan and Kuen un pen nirun (Eternal Night) shouldn't be nominated because both of them also used before in the movies in stage plays (I cannot remember about Parinippan, but Eternal Night used in Chulalongkorn Communication Art's stage play some year.)

    That's why I take this award for a big joke, hahaha.

  6. I'll try to double-check the list somehow. Thanks for your info.

    I wonder when the Bangkok Critic's Assembly awards are? Have they happened already?

  7. I actually did two awards entries, when I should have waited to just do one when I had the complete listing in hand. So now they have been combined for clarity.

    The Best Song winner has been corrected to Marsha's song for Alone.

  8. Bangkok's Critics Assembly Awards will be announced in 5 March 2008 @ Miracle Grand Convention Hotel's Grand Ball Room, starts about 2pm (No telecast)

    PS. I'll read youe 'Handle Me with Care' review after I've seen it. ^^


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