John Arcilla has brought pride to the Philippines for winning the prestigious Volpi cup for Best Actor at the 78th Venice International Film Festival.
The Star Magic artist won the title for his performance in Erik Matti’s “On The Job: The Missing 8”, joining the ranks of Brad Pitt, Joaquin Phoenix, Javier Bardem, Sean Penn, William Dafoe, and more as previous winners.
Before the announcement was made, John even posted photos of the said actors with their Volpi cups and wrote that he had been dreaming of having one of his own.
“Here is the roster of some Great Actors who won the most coveted Volpi Cup at the Venice International Film Festival. I wish I can have one someday! Hahahaha if you dream as they say. Dream big! God bless everyone,” he said.
While John couldn’t attend the ceremony in person to accept his award, he gave a speech through video and said that his only “regret” now is that he’s not able to take photos like the winners traditionally do every year at the red carpet.
“If there is something I really regret tonight, it's that I won't be able to kiss my own Volpi cup there in the middle of Venice and on that red carpet, just like all the 77 great actors who I admire who have already kissed their own, this most wonderful and prestigious award that one actor could have,” John shared.
He was awarded alongside Penélope Cruz, who was hailed as the Best Actress for “Madres Paralelas”.
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