Philippines pins Oscar hopes on ‘Noy’

Helmer Santos' docu-drama gets the call

The Philippines has chosen docu-drama “Noy,” starring Coco Martin, to represent the country in the race for a foreign language Oscar nomination.

Helmed by Dondon Santos, “Noy” tracks a young man from the slums who poses as a journo to document the ascent of his namesake Senator Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III who goes on to become President-elect of the Philippines.

Actual docu footage is interwoven with fictional scenes that deal with poverty, survival and hope.

“Noy” trumped four other shortlisted pics led by Joel Lamangan’s two films “Sagrada Familia,” and “Dukot; “Laurice Guillen’s “Sa yo lamang” and Gil Portes’ “Two Funerals.”

Submissions for the foreign language Oscar must reach the Academy by 5 p.m. Oct. 1. Nominations will be announced on Jan. 25. The 83rd Academy Awards will be held at the Kodak Theater on Feb. 27.

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