GTH romantic comedy cleans up at the Kom Chad Luek Awards while indie rules in the music category
AFTER SWEEPING eight prizes at the Subhanhongsa Awards earlier this month, no one was very surprised to see GTH’s romantic comedy “Freelance Ham Puay Ham Phak Ham Rak More” pick up another five at the 13th Kom Chad Luek Awards held at Aksra Theatre on Tuesday night. Channel 3’s TV series “Sud Kaen Saen Rak” was another big winner, seizing four awards.
“Freelance” once again took the main prizes in the film category – Best Screenplay, Best Supporting Actress for Violette Wautier, Best Actress for Davika Hoorne, Best Actor for Sunny Suwanmethanon, and Best Film. Best Supporting Actor went to Thira Chutikul of “How to Win at Checkers (Every Time)” while Anucha Boonyawatana was the surprise winner of the Best Film Director award for “Onthakan” (“The Blue Hour”).
“Sud Kaen Saen Rak” won Best Screenplay and Best TV Series/ Best Supporting Actor went to the drama’s Vorarit Fuangarom and Best Actress his co-star Rudklao Amratisha/ Best Supporting Actress was given to Lapasrada Chuaykue from “Phuying Khon Nan Chue Boonrod”, a remake that aired on One Channel, Best Actor went to Sukollawat Kanaros from Channel 7’s “Phuean Phaeng” and Best TV Director was awarded to Atthaporn Thimakorn for Channel 3’s “Kha Bodin.”
“Thank you Channel 3 and Kom Chad Luek. I don’t have a Facebook or Instagram account so if you love, please watch my next work, which is coming soon,” said a delighted Yingyos Panya, winner of the Best Screenplay for “Sud Kaen Saen Rak.”
Lapasrada was profuse in her thanks, expressing appreciation to the Kom Chad Luek Awards, One Channel, director Sathaporn Nakwilai and other actors and actresses for their support.
Sukollawat too was delighted to receive his first award and effusive in his thanks to Channel 7.
While the film and TV awards were to a large extent predictable, the same couldn’t be said for the music prizes, which this year ignored the mainstream in favour of the indie.
Rasmee Wayrana, who blended traditional morlam music with blues and African rhythm together with acoustic guitar virtuoso Satukan Tiya Tiya on her debut EP “Isan Soul”, was unexpectedly recognised for her work with Best Female Artist, Best Album, and Best Song for “Maya”.
“These three awards come as a real surprise but you can be sure they will encourage me to work on our next creative work. My thanks go to Kong [Satukan Tiya Tira] who co-wrote the songs,” said Rasmee.
Indie rock band Postbox won Best Recording for their album “Dai Yin Rue Yang” as well as Best New Artist.
“Thank you so much for honouring us with this award. It will encourage us, as well as other indie bands, to keep moving forward with our future endeavours. We have worked hard on this album for four years. Most importantly, we’d like to thank our producer, Jay Jetamon Malayoda of Penguin Villa,” said singer Mongkol “Man” Lohasirikul, who was joined on stage by fellow band members Teerapat “Duck” Chanthob, Panai “Pop” Imjai, Akaras “Plot” Sangprakob and Krisana “Mong” Putpring.
Inspirative picked up Best Instrumental for “Mysteriously Awake” and Yuwaboon “R Bu” Thungsuwon won Best Male Artist for his album “The Another Side of Alienation” on Baicha Song, while 25 Hours from Genie Records, a subsidiary of GMM Grammy, was named Best Duo/Group Artist.
Actress Urassaya “Yaya” Sperbund and singer-actor Napat “Gun” Injaiuea, who have won the Popular Actress and Popular Artist votes for five consecutive years saw their awards upgraded to Very Popular. That left the Popular Actress award free for Ranee “Bella” Campen and Popular Artist for Nontanun “Kacha” Anchuleepradit. Nadech Kugimiya won Popular Actor, Popular film went to “Yes or No 2.5” and “Neung Nai Suang” landed Popular TV Series.
“Thank you for every vote. Whenever I look at this award, I see love from everybody. It will encourage for me to work on,” said Bella.
The luk thung awards were handed out earlier in the day, with the song “Thang Fun Sao Ban Nok” earning the most awards, namely Best Arrangement for Jirawat Panphum, Best Songwriting for Somchai Trupimai, and Best Luk Thung Song.
Best New Luk Thung Male Artist went to Win Chaichana, Best New Luk Thung Female Artist to Nat Mikethongkham, Best Luk Thung Female Artist to Kaewfah Sahapetch, and Best Luk Thung Male Artist to Pojana R Siam. The Best Timeless Song by a Male Artist was given to Nopporn Muangsupan’s “Khid Thueng Jang Loei” covered by Mike Piromporn and Best Timeless Song by a Female Artist to Pongsri Woranuch’s “Fon Nao Sao Kruan” covered by Paowalee Pornpimol. Unnop “Por” Thongborisut earned the Popular Vote for Luk Thung Artist.