Five days short of it being three years ago on 13 August 2006, I was in PWTC.
It was for the Festival Filem Malaysia ke 19.
Malam itu, Gubra menang Filem Terbaik, as well as meraih kemenangan dalam kategori Pelakon Wanita Terbaik (Sharifah Amani), Lakon Layar Terbaik (Yasmin Ahmad) dan Poster Terbaik.
I remember Nani getting in trouble for her, "I sound stupid if I speak in Malay.." acceptance speech.
Malam tu, I remember kak Min was doing the judging for the first BMW Shorties in Sentul (which was the time she started getting to know my sister yang jadi ringleader for that event) and didn't attend, and aku ber SMS ngan dia je pasal kemenangan Gubra, and I remember how proud I was that the film did the impossible to win that night.
I also remember also being upset because FFM snubbed kak Min for Best Director. It was like acknowledging everything good about the film - and yet saying SHE wasn't good enough.
I remember she told me, "It's ok lah, sayang" when she joined us for the post party to celebrate the win with us and her 'family' who put together Gubra.
I remember people within the film fraternity masa post party sibuk berdebat kata bagaimana Gubra tak layak, and another movie lebih layak simply because it had a bigger budget and more cast members, which was the most polite comment they had for Yasmin and Gubra.
I remember nearly smacking at least one 'veteran' for rude remarks made about Yasmin.
I remember Yasmin telling me, "Let's just celebrate.. alhamdullilah.. someone saw Gubra fit for something," and laughed.
So many things I remember.
Five days to three years later from those memories, tonight.... the announcement for Festival Filem Malaysia ke 22 came out and announced kak Min won Best Director - an award that eluded her with Sepet, Gubra and Mukhsin.
She also won Lakon Layar Terbaik for Talentime, Syafie won for Best Supporting Actor and Jac won for Most Promising Actress.
It's six days more to years too late as far as I'm concerned.
Why do our people always celebrate talent when it's too late. Five days to three years too late. What next? A posthumous Datukship?
FESTIVAL FILEM MALAYSIA 22
Anugerah Perdana (14 anugerah)
Filem Terbaik - Papadom
Pengarah Terbaik - Yasmin Ahmad (Talentime)
Pelakon Lelaki Terbaik - Afdlin Shauki (Papadom)
Pelakon Wanita Terbaik - Liyana Jasmay (Papadom)
Lakon Layar Terbaik - Yasmin Ahmad (Talentime)
Cerita Asal Terbaik - Afdlin Shauki (Papadom)
Sinematografi Terbaik - Mohd Nor Kasim (Setem)
Penyunting Terbaik - Faizul Mohd Noh (Setem)
Skor Muzik Asal Terbaik - Syed Ahmad Faizal (Papadom)
Filem Komedi Terbaik - Los dan Faun
Filem Animasi Terbaik - My Telatori (The One Academy of Communication Design)
Filem Pendek Terbaik - Permata Bonda (Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia)
Filem Digital Terbaik - Aathma (Demaz Entertainment)
Filem Dokumentari Terbaik - Bumi Pribumi (Finas & Q-Plez Communication)
Anugerah Cipta (11 anugerah)
Pengarah Harapan - James Lee (Histeria)
Pelakon Pembantu Lelaki Terbaik - Mohd Shafie Naswip (Talentime)
Pelakon Pembantu Wanita Terbaik - Salina Saibi (Bohsia:Jangan Pilih Jalan Hitam)
Penataan Seni Terbaik - Nazrul Asraff Mahzan (Setem)
Penataan Bunyi Terbaik - Mohd Mohsin Osman (Cicakman 2)
Pelakon Kanak-Kanak Terbaik - Mohd Hadziq (Syurga Cinta)
Pelakon Harapan Lelaki - Zahiril Adzim (Kami The Movie)
Pelakon Harapan Wanita - Jaclyn Victor (Talentime)
Pereka Kostum Terbaik - Shen Imagineering (Cicakman 2)
Lagu Tema Asal Terbaik - Sayangku Di Sisimu (Jin Hutan)
Poster Terbaik - Histeria
Anugerah Penggiat Belakang Tabir - Omar Man
Anugerah Pelakon Veteran Wanita - Mariani Ismail
Anugerah Pelakon Veteran Lelaki - S.Shamsudin
PS - Congrats to Syafie and Jac... you guys deserve it. Also to Liyana (holler, babe!) Tahniah gak to Afdlin and family for wins for Papadom and Los Dan Foun as well as the Tayangan Unggul family for notching up quite a few wins for Setem (though Gaya, you know I won't agree on the editing part... merasalah aku kena carut pasnih)
PPS - Kak Min... too late or not, you deserve that win. Our prayers are with you always, and I know you parents must have been so proud tonight.
PPPS - The impossible has happened. Maybe there is hope...