English actor Bob Hoskins (“Hook,” “Who Framed Roger Rabit”), considered by Sid as one of his most admired personalities, bagged the “Best Performance by an Actor” trophy for his role on “The Street.” He topped other fellow nominees Leonardo Sbaraglia of Argentina and Sebastian Koch of Germany.
Sid, the first Filipino actor to ever be nominated in that category, nevertheless received a gold medal from the award-giving body for his intense portrayal of Red Ramirez in the similarly nominated series, “Dahil May Isang Ikaw.”
In an interview a day before the awards night aired on ABS-CBN’s “Balitang America,” Sid expressed his gratitude over the recognition.
“Para sa inyo naman talaga ‘yung ginagawa naming trabaho eh, so siguro ito (medal) ‘yung pinakamalaking thank you na naibigay ng buong Pilipinas sa’kin.
“This means that I’m doing my job well enough for the world to realize that we do, as in the Philippines, our industry has what it takes given its limitations,” he said.
“Dahil May Isang Ikaw,” directed by Jerry Lopez-Sineneng and Richie del Carmen, likewise lost to Portugal’s “My Love” for “Best Telenovela.”
With the many accolades that the country and its artists have been receiving, Sid—the 2008 Thessaloniki (Greece) International Festival’s Best Actor for the film “Selda”—believes that, “We have a chance to make a dent in this industry worldwide, despite the limitations that we have.”
“Ano pa kaya kung mabigyan tayo ng mas malaking budget? Or mas maraming oras? Ano pa kaya?” he maintained.
Although an esteemed actor in the Philippines, Sid also looked forward during his New York trip to meet “everyone who has made it, it’s like an inspiration to all the actors.”
(Story courtesy of Rowena Joy Sanchez of Manila Bulletin)