For his performance in Manila, the official entry to the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, Piolo Pascual was given the rare chance to be nominated for best actor. Unfortunately, he didn't win the award. It was given to Austrian Christoph Waltz who appeared in Inglorious Basterd of critically acclaimed director Quentin Tarantino
Piolo didn't win. But fellow Filipino Brillante Mendoza bagged the Best Director title in the prestigious festival. His entry is Kinatay, starring Coco Martin. Incidentally, an American critic said that his film is the worst entry to the Cannes thus far. Well, he can eat his words now. For he could be the worst movie critic in the world. Mendoza won best director. That's enough vindication for him.
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