I remember last year.. tak silap aku.. aku tak gi Festival Filem Malaysia. But I remember complaining after a few minutes of trying to watch, and then falling asleep masa depan TV. Amik ko. Or was that the year before. Erm.. susah nak ingat sebab every year pun camtuh.
So it was with a little bit of apprehension that I went to Putrajaya Convention Centre (PICC), Putrajaya for the show tonight.
Horror gak kalao teruk kan...
Masuk dalam Dewan Plenari tuh, meletup! Besao ok dewan tuh. I was impressed with the venue. Nevermind I thought the stage was ciput in comparison.
There was this lingering smell of smoke from the pyros which just hung in the hall. Matilah kalao aku asma da tercekik da. The whole night the smell was there. Matilah kalao yang pakai cantik-cantik tuh berliter perfume pakai pun tetap bau azab tuh lebih kuat. Sapa yang BO tuh suka la sebab leh salahkan the pyros for the stink.
And then the show started.
Erm... aku general statement jer la ek. Most of the shows sucked. The opening was amateurish and kelam kabut even though the idea was there, but execution memang out.
Banyak sangat performance, which somehow takes away from the whole event, that special spotlight on the films contesting. And most of them were unjustified for their slot.
So instead of meraung kesakitan, which I did in the hall - I'll just point out my faves.
Datuk Siti Nurhaliza for one was amazing as usual. Thank goodness for Bob saving the duet with Sahri, walaupun aku impressed sebab Sahri da banyak improve vocal kalao compared to before.
For nostalgia's sake, I like Zahid's Istana Menanti. I loved it and hated it for the same reason. Sebab lagu tu penah jadi lagu tugasan dia masa... tak silap aku minggu kedua, konsert Akademi Fantasia musim kedua.
I loved it cause he did a nice rendition of it, but hated it cause the choice of songs malam tuh, banyak yang over exposed tunes which kita da berkali kali tengok da. Tak perlu ok recycle lagu. Macam la kita ni tak cukup lagu.
Mmm... Riz did pretty ok too for a newcomer, but banyak rungutan gak aku dengar pasal orang kata anugerah malam ni seolah olah konsert Akademi Fantasia lak. And I have to agree. Established performers were far and few. Oh well...
Oh and don't ask me about Stacy's performance or wardrobe sebab aku takleh jawab. No I do not know kalao muzik ke performer patut disalahkan sebab aku takde masa rehearsal. And no, I don't know who picked that outfit for her.
Anyway.. most performers for the night were mediocre.
Which was perhaps the reason, Misha too stood out.
Presenters, hampir semua yang ada patut kena tampar lima kali across the face sebab delivery of their script flat gila - and hosts in Bob Lokman (why is he still there?) and Linda Onn (dengar cita dia ganti Sarimah last minute) were way below par. I mean honestly, thanks to all these people, FFM 21 could have been the miracle cure for any insomniac.
Results lak macam p*nt*t sikit sebab aku rasa ada yang mengarut. Malas nak komen mana satu, but let's just say for Best Actor, Best Screenplay and Best Cinematography were the few categories aku rasa juri either tertidur and main pangkah nama pemenang, or they were simply too weirded out to judge better performances and efforts.
Too bad Faz tak menang, but I didn't pin high hopes, sebab her character in Kayangan was not as strong as her acting. And I did have a feeling Maya Karin would come out tops.
Nasha too obviously tak menang, but she won the best look for the night for sure. Fine detailed work on her dress which was tasteful, yet colourful and elegant while being simpler than most of the outfits that a lot of artists wore malam tadi yang da macam sarkas da.
Merasalah ramai yang pakai samaada cam tak cukup kain, ataupun cam ada sale kat Kamdar jerk, draping merapu sapu lantai. Ada sorang pelakon ni pakai this fugly yellow ball gown. Pastu nak ke tempat duduk dia, kena naik tangga, she carried it so high we could see more than what we wanted to see. Yuck! Puke!
Apart from Nasha's baju, I loved Faz's outfit too. I should, since I followed her to pick it out. The brown contemporary take of the kebaya paired with the kain was Farah Khan @ Aseana.
Sambil ramai berlumba mendedah, she was more appropriately dressed for an awards show, sopan and elegant.
Best moments were far and few - but I remember the only tinge of excitement I felt was when Ruminah Sidek menang - TWICE! I love that woman! She put a smile to my face everytime. And yang pentingnya - orang kampung aku! Matilah aku... tetap bangga ngan orang Klang ok!
Plus points for the night was that Zul Huzaimy menang! Hurrah for abang Zul. He really is one of the more talented actors, and aku memang happy la dia menang.
Also glad Osman Ali picked up Cerita Asal Terbaik untuk Anak Halal.
Also congratulations to abang Mamat Khalid and the cast and crew of Kala Malam Bulan Mengambang for their five trophies that they took home.
By the end of the night - I was left wondering why I didn't just stay home to watch it on TV. That way I could have changed channels or switched it off kalao rasa nak tido. Perhaps that's why that bau ala sulfur meets carbon monoxide smokey thingie was for - to make sure none of us fell asleep. Matilah konsep smelling salts.
I didn't take many pics sebab malas sebenarnya since most of the time aku mingle the music community, and have little opportunity nak campor ngan komuniti film and TV. But here are the few I took.
Zahid pun red and black
Yazer was pretty good too onstage
Riz (as promised to karmila and reds) and Stacy
Fazura and Diana.. not sure who their friend is
Abang Mamat and abang Zul
My favourite local actor - Zul Huzaimy
Tak minat sangat berlakon - but kalao ada watak besh aku nak juga usaha so I can challenge myself more. Already selama ni aku dok belah mengkritik and evaluate. Bukan senang to create something - and aku nak push myself to keep trying something I haven't done before. Jadik ke tak lain cita. Janji aku cuba, and aku belajar from the proses.
I mean it's pretty pointless to go through life without learning anything kan?
Yawn... really tired. Nak retreat tuk tido da. Joined the makan makan jap, but then headed home to sleep. Skipped the private post party kengkawan kat Heritage Row (thanks for the invite guys.. sorry rasa da kertu tak larat lak).
Here's the full list of winners for Festival Filem Malaysia 21.
Kala Malam Bulan Mengambang (Tayangan Unggul Sdn Bhd)
Pengarah Filem Terbaik
Mamat Khalid (Kala Malam Bulan Mengambang)
Pelakon Lelaki Terbaik
Rosyam Nor (Kala Malam Bulan Mengambang)
Pelakon Wanita Terbaik
Maya Karin (Anak Halal)
Lakon Layar Terbaik
Hans Isaac (Cuci)
Cerita Asal Terbaik
Osman Ali (Anak Halal)
Raja Mukhriz Raja Kamarudin (Evolusi KL Drift)
Nik Haslinda Nik Hussain / Kamarudin Abu (1957 Hati Malaya)
Skor Muzik Asal Terbaik
Sharon Paul (1957 Hati Malaya)
Filem Animasi Terbaik
World War (University of Hertfordshire)
Filem Dokumentari Terbaik
Making The Cut (Reel Network Sdn Bhd)
Filem Pendek Terbaik
Tiffin (Chor Ai Lene)
Filem Digital Terbaik
Pelakon Pembantu Lelaki Terbaik
Zul Huzaimy (Wayang)
Pelakon Pembantu Wanita Terbaik
Ruminah Sidek (Pensil)
Penataan Seni Terbaik
Nazrul Ashraff (Kala Malam Bulan Mengambang)
Penataan Bunyi Terbaik
Add Audio (Susuk)
Pelakon Kanak-Kanak Terbaik
Erynne Erynna (Congkak)
Pengarah Harapan Terbaik
Hans Isaac (Cuci)
Pelakon Harapan Lelaki
Kamaruzaman Taib (1957 Hati Malaya)
Pelakon Harapan Wanita:
Lisa Surihani - I'm Not Single
Lagu Tema Asal Terbaik
Hati (1957 Hati Malaya)
Pereka Kostum / Busana Terbaik
Nasirah Ramlan (Kala Malam Bulan Mengambang)
Anugerah Khas Juri
1957 Hati Malaya
Evolusi KL Drift
Anugerah Khas Box Office
Duyung (RM4.679 juta)
Anugerah Khas Veteran (Wanita)
Anugerah Khas Veteran (Lelaki)
Anugerah Khas (Di Belakang Tabir)