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Starlight and Awards: Derana-Lux Celebrates Sri Lankan Cinema’s Best

Sri Lanka's finest in cinema converged at the Nelum Pokuna Theatre for the 8th Derana-Lux Film Awards. The night celebrated top 2022 performances, with “Alborada” stealing the show
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The Nelum Pokuna Theatre in Colombo buzzed with excitement on Friday evening, September 8. It marked the 8th edition of the Derana-Lux Film Awards. The night saw stars adding a touch of glamour to the event. The main aim? Celebrating the best of Sri Lankan cinema from 2022.

Top Contenders Lock Horns

Kalana Gunasekara’s performance in “Night Rider” created a stir. So did Shyam Fernando in “CineMa” and Tray Hicks in “Praana” (Seeds). They were the hot favorites for the Best Actor award. On the other hand, Yureni Noshika from “Night Rider”, Nethmi Roshel of “Adaraneeya Prarthana”, and Ishanka Jahanvi from “Ashawari” were in a tight race for Best Actress.

Movies That Made the Mark

The Best Picture award saw stiff competition. Ashoka Handagama’s “Alborada” stood out. “Night Rider” by Kasun Pathirana and “Praana” by Sanjaya Nirmal followed closely. “Praana” draws inspiration from the tragic 1544 Catholic Christian Massacre. “Alborada” and “Night Rider” also got nods for Best Director and Screenplay. They were joined by “Adaraneeya Prarthana” in both categories.

And The Winners Are…

TitleCharacter NameRelease Year
Best Actress in a Leading RoleYureni Noshika (“Night Rider”)2022
Best Actor in a Leading RoleTray Hicks (“Seeds”)2022
Best DirectorAshoka Handagama (“Alborada”)2022
Best Picture“Alborada”2022
Best Actor in a Supporting RoleWasantha Kumaravila (“The Game”)2022
Best Actress in a Supporting RoleRithika Kodithuwakku, Anne Solen Hatte, Nimaya Harris (“Alborada”)2022
Best ScreenplayAshoka Handagama (“Alborada”)2022
Best EditingRavinda Guruge (“Alborada”)2022
Best Sound DesignSashin Gimhan (“Seeds”)2022
Best Original Music ScoreNamini Panchala, Ajith Kumarasiri (“Alborada”)2022
Best Visual EffectsBuddhika Wijerathna, Saminda Wathawanavithanage (“Seeds”)2022
Best Art DirectionDhammika Hewawaththa (“Seeds”)2022
Best Short FilmThesen Umagiliya (“Distance”)2022
Best Short Film (Special Jury Award)Keniston John (“Marcus”)2022
Most Popular ActressNayanathara Wickramaarachchi
Most Popular ActorRanjan Ramanayake
Most Popular Actor in a Comedy RoleRodney Warnakula
Most Popular Actor in a Negative RoleBimal Jayakodi
Most Popular SongBathiya & Santhush (artist), Yasas Medagedara (music), Shehan Galahitiyawa (lyrics)
Most Popular ChoreographerGayan Srimal
Blockbuster Movie of the Year“Gindari”2022
“Cinema of Tomorrow” Best PictureVisakesa Chandrasekaram for “Munnel”2022
“Cinema of Tomorrow” Most Promising DirectorJagath Manuwarna (“Rahas Kiyana Kandu”)2022
Lux Glamorous StarShanudrie Priyasad

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