The Philippine nominees at the 38th International Emmy Awards were unsuccessful in their bid to bring home the prizes during the gala event at Hilton New York Hotel Monday night .
The son of my good friend (Mark Gil), actor Sid Lucero failed to grab the Best Actor award for his performance as Red Ramirez, the antagonist in ABS-CBN television series “Dahil May Isang Ikaw.”The Filipino actor lost to veteran actor Bob Hoskins (The Street, United Kingdom).
“Dahil May Isang Ikaw,” which was nominated under the Best Telenovela category, was also unsuccessful. Portugal’s “My Love” was adjudged best telenovela.
He didn’t win a golden statue, but the Filipino best actor nominee was ecstatic to be given a chance to become part of the prestigious event.
Sid, for one, enjoyed his first red carpet experience in New York where paparazzi scrambled to take his picture. As his date, he brought along his cousin.
“The best part of it is being here, that’s the best part. I wasn’t expecting anything, not at all… I had my own bets, I thought my bet was going to win but apparently my favorite actor did,” he said as he extended his congratulations to Hoskins.
He added: “This is basically for me a dream sequence, and then when I get back home, it’s back to reality, back to work, back to normal life.”
Before the awards night, Sid said he was excited to represent the Philippines and his countrymen.
As a young actor, Sid even shared his excitement to see international and great actors like Hoskins. “I just wanna shake his [Bob Hoskins] hands and Helena Bonham Carter. Oh my God. Okay na ako doon. Hi, hello, bye,” Lucero said joyfully.
Sid said it was an honor for him to be the first Filipino actor to be nominated in the best actor category.
This is not the first time that his talent has been recognized by an international award giving body. Thessaloniki Filmfest in Greece first noticed his acting skills and awarded him as the Best Actor for the indie film “Selda.” He also won the same award in Gawad Urian for the same role.
Born with a blood with passion in acting, Sid originated from a family (Eddie Mesa, Rosemarie Gil, Mark & Cherrie) who is already an institution in the entertainment industry.
In 2009, there were 3 nominees from the Philippines, namely Angel Locsin, ABS-CBN’s “Kahit Isang Saglit” and GMA 7’s “Magdusa Ka.” None won any major award.