MMFF 2014 Box Office winners Praybeyt Benjamin, Feng Shui get snubbed at the Awards Night

'Praybeyt Benjamin 2', 'Feng Shui 2' continue to rule the 40th MMFF 2014 Box Office now with a combined gross of P260-million.

As announced on 'The Buzz'' earlier, the 2 ABS-CBN-produced entries, 'The Amazing Praybeyt Benjamin' and 'Feng Shui 2', already earned P172-million and P88-million respectively in the MMFF 2014 Box Office, as of 3PM today, December 28, the 4th day of the festival. By tomorrow, it is expected that TAPB will hit P200M mark, while Feng Shui 2 will pass P100M.

These movies are certified box-office winners, but sadly, they were heavily snubbed at the MMFF 2014 Awards Night or Gabi Ng Parangal held last night. They didn't win a single award.

Was it intentional on the part of the Metro Manila Filmfest committee to not give these 2 any awards since they are already lording the box-office? Maybe yes, to help other entries pick up in the box-office after winning many awards, but it could also be the other way, since 2 other films were also empty-handed last night: 'Shake, Rattle & Roll XV' and 'Muslim Magnum .357'.

It was the worst thing that happened for 'The Amazing Praybeyt Benjamin' during the Awards Night. I was expecting this Vice Ganda starrer to at least get nominations for Tom Rodriguez and Alex Gonzaga as Best Supporting Actor and Actress, but sadly, their efforts were overlooked.

The nominees for Best Supporting Actor were Kean Cipriano for 'English Only, Please', Joey Marquez for 'Kubot: the Aswang Chronicles 2', Roi Vinzon for 'Muslim Magnum .357', Jose Manalo and Sef Cadayona for 'My Big Bossing'. For the first time, Marquez won.

On the other hand, nominated for Best Supporting Actress were Cai Cortez ('English Only, Please'), Lotlot de Leon ('Kubot'), Nikki Gil ('My Big Bossing'), Chanda Romero ('SRR 15') and Carmi Martin ('Feng Shui 2'). Lotlot was named the winner, also her first time ever.

Is TAPB the worst among the 8 entries in terms of cinematic quality? It's the least nominated film, getting just 1 nomination: Best Child Performer for Bimby Aquino Yap, who however lost to My Big Bossing's Ryzza Mae Dizon.

Chito Roño's 'Feng Shui 2', though it also won nothing despite being graded A by the Cinema Evaluation Board (CEB), somehow fared better than TAPB, getting nominated in many categories, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress. Roño lost to 'English Only, Please' director Dan Villegas. Other nominees for Best Directing were Enzo Williams ('Bonifacio'), Erik Matti ('Kubot') and Jerrold Tarog ('SRR 15: Ulam episode').

Movies who were underperforming in the box-office the past 3 days will likely earn more now after collecting many awards last night. These are the Best Picture winner 'Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo', with 8 awards, and especially, the 2nd Best Picture 'English Only, Please', which had 7 awards including Best Actor for Derek Ramsay and Best Actress for Jennylyn Mercado.

Gorgeous Jennylyn Mercado while giving her acceptance speech as MMFF 2014 Best Festival Actress (credit to @JennylynNation)

First-time MMFF winner Derek Ramsay won over Robin Padilla ('Bonifacio'), Dingdong Dantes ('Kubot') and Coco Martin ('Feng Shui 2'), while Jennylyn Mercado, also her first, defeated Vina Morales ('Bonifacio'), Erich Gonzales ('SRR 15: Ahas') and Carla Abellana ('SRR 15: Ulam'). -

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