Iza Calzado wins Best Actress in 34th PMPC Star Awards for Movies for her performance in psycho-thriller movie ‘Bliss’

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  • Iza Calzado bested other nominees for Best Actress in the 34th PMPC Star Awards for Movies
  • Her exemplary performance n the psycho-trhiller movie “Bliss” was recognized by the award-giving body

Iza Calzado was named Best Actress at the 34th Philippine Movie Press Club (PMPC) Star Awards for Movies held Sunday at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila.

Calzado was recognized for her performance in the Jerold Tarog’s psychological-thriller film “Bliss.”

Others who were nominated for the best actress category were:

  • Kim Chiu
  • Sharon Cuneta
  • Alessandra De Rossi
  • Agot Isidro
  • Bela Padilla
  • Maja Salvador and
  • Jodi Sta. Maria

“Ako po ay nanalo sa ibang bansa para sa pelikulang Bliss pero iba po ang manalo sa sarili mong bayan at pahalagahan ka ng kapwa mo Pilipino. [I won in a foreign country for the movie Bliss but winning in your mother country and be recognized by Filipinos really feels different] I hope I can continue to use this talent and platform to bring light to the world,” Iza said in her acceptance speech.

“I would like to share this award to all the other nominees for movie actress of the year. Star Awards means a lot to me. I grew up watching this because my father would always be part of Star Awards. It means so much to me that I finally won and a major award at that,” she added.

“Bliss” made its premiere in March last year at the 2017 Osaka Asian Film Festival, where Calzado was awarded the prestigious Yakushi Pearl Award for her performance. It also stars Ian Veneracion.

A synopsis for “Bliss” reads: “Jane Ciego (Iza Calzado) started acting in showbiz at a young age. Now in her 30s, she decides to produce her own film to win some respect in the industry.”

“But things do not go as planned and an accident on location cripples her. Jane wakes up unable to walk and trapped in her own home, a large house filled with strange sounds and people who may want to harm her.”

“She is looked over by her cold husband Carlo and a sadistic nurse named Lilibeth, and then there is Rose, a nurse wanted by authorities for sexually molesting a patient.”

“She mysteriously enters Jane’s life and soon begins affecting her dreams as much as her waking life. Jane’s sanity begins to crumble as the horrors pile up in a symphony of blood, tears and madness. What was supposed to be a simple dream for Jane soon becomes an endless nightmare.”

Other actors who won an award at the 34th PMPC Star Awards for Movies include:

Movie Child Performer of the Year – Marco Masa (Tatlong Bibe) and Julio Cesar Sabenorio (Guerrero)

Movie Supporting Actor of the Year – Arnold Reyes (Birdshot)

Movie Supporting Actress of the Year – Odette Khan (Bar Boys)

Movie Love Team of the Year – Joshua Garcia and Julia Barretto

Darling of the Press – Harlene Bautista

Nora Aunor Ulirang Artista Award – Gina Alajar

Ulirang Alagad ng Pelikula sa Likod ng Kamera – Tikoy Aguiluz

Male Star of the Night – Xian Lim

Female Star of the Night – Kim Chiu and Joyce Pilarsky

Faces of the Night – Joshua Garcia and Celeste Legaspi

Movie Actor of the Year – Raymond Francisco (Bhoy Intsik)

“Changing Partners” won the Indie Movie of the Year while “Kita Kita” won Movie of the Year.