Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit crossover to the mainstream is again celebrated at the Bangkok Critics Awards
It’s swept all three of Thailand’s award ceremonies this year and Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit’s comedy-drama “Freelance Ham Puay Ham Phak Ham Rak More” (“Heart Attack”) didn’t let up on Wednesday night, picking up a further six prizes from the Bangkok Critics Assembly including Best film, Director, Actor and Actress.
Announced at the Royal Thai Army Club, the Critics awards are divided into 13 categories and surprisingly it wasn’t “Freelance” that was leading the nominations pack but the indie horror gay flick “Onthakan” (“The Blue Hour”) with 11 nods.
“The Blue Hour” returned home with three awards – Best Editing, Production Design and Best Score – plus a special award – Young Filmmaker – for its director Anucha Boonyawatana.
Actor Sunny Suwanmethanon kept his slate clean, recognised here at as all the other award ceremonies, as best actor for his role as the protagonist in the GTH romantic comedy.
“I have never even been nominated for the Critics award before, so I’m so excited to win this award,” said Sunny, who dedicated his prize to GTH, the film crew, his fellow actors and the director.
Davika ‘Mai’ Hoorne and Violette Woutier who were each again recognised with the Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress awards respectively couldn’t attend the ceremony as they are both on a working trip overseas.
It was a double delight for Thira Chutikul, winner of the best supporting actor award for his role in “P’Chai My Hero” aka “How to Win at Checkers (Every Time)” who had picked up the same prize at the Kom Chad Luek awards the night before. He was however usurped by his co-star, fellow young actor Ingkarat Damrongsakkul at the Subhanahongsas. Directed by the Korean-American Josh Kim, “How to Win at Checkers” (“Every Time”)” was Thailand’s official submission to the Oscars.
Up on stage to collect his award, Thira joked that he felt lucky that “Freelance” didn’t have a nomination for this category then went on to thank the director Josh Kim for working with him so closely on the character before they started shooting.
Indie director Uruphong Raksasad continued his year of success by taking home the Best Cinematography and Best Documentary awards for “Phleng Khong Khao” (“The Songs of Rice”).
The song “Sud Saita” from documentary “The Down” also carried forward its success at the Subhanahongsas with Best Song prize.
And the winners are...
Best Film: “Freelance Ham Puay Ham Phak Ham Rak More” (“Heart Attack”)
Best Director: Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit “Freelance”
Best Actor: Sunny Suwanmethanon “Freelance”
Best Actress:Davika Hoorne “Freelance”
Best Supporting Actor: Thira Chutikul “Checkers”
Best Supporting Actress: Violette Wautier “Freelance”
Best Screenplay:Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit “Freelance”
Best Editing: Chonlasit Upanigkit Anuphap Autta “The Blue Hour”
Best Cinematography: Uruphong Raksasad “Phleng Khong Khao” (“The Songs of Rice”)
Best Production Design: Phairot Siriwath Vitune Tulakorn “The Blue Hour”
Best Original Score:Chupvit Temnithikul “The Blue Hour”
Best Song: “Sud Sai Ta,” “The Down”
Best Documentary: “The Songs of Life”
Young Filmmaker Award: Anucha Boonyawatana “The Blue Hour”
Lifetime Achievement Awards Marasri Israngkool Na Ayuthaya and Sompong Wongrakthai