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GOYAS 2020

Pain & Glory snags seven Goyas

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- With his latest film, Pedro Almodóvar has triumphed at the 34th edition of the awards handed out by Spain’s Academy of Film Arts and Sciences, the ceremony for which was held on Saturday in Málaga

Pain & Glory snags seven Goyas
Pedro Almodóvar with his Goya for Best Film for Pain & Glory, flanked by producers Esther García and Agustín Almodóvar (© Spanish Film Academy)

While in 2019 Seville was the city chosen to host the awards ceremony for the Goyas, the annual trophies handed out by Spain’s Academy of Film Arts and Sciences, Málaga was selected as the host city for the 34th edition. One of its most famous residents, Antonio Banderas, went up on stage on Saturday night to collect the Best Lead Actor Award for his performance as a crisis-ridden man in Pain & Glory [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Antonio Banderas
Q&A: Pedro Almodóvar
film profile
]
, the movie that came out on top at the event, scooping another six accolades: Best Supporting Actress (for Julieta Serrano, who has thus received her first Goya at the ripe old age of 87), Best Soundtrack (for Alberto Iglesias, dubbed the “Spanish John Williams” on account of his 11 statuettes to date), Best Editing (Teresa Font), Best Feature, Best Screenplay and Best Director. While holding aloft the latter three Goyas, filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar emphasised the value of independent and arthouse cinema, and highlighted the need to protect it within political circles, because that’s where the future of film truly lies. While at the mic, he also made mention of the Spanish prime minister, Pedro Sánchez, who was present at the ceremony and who is responsible for the “script that this country will follow over the next four years”, in the words of the Machegan director.

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While another famous Málaga native, Marisol (aka Pepa Flores), did not attend to accept her Honorary Goya, as previously announced (the artist, who is fiercely protective of her privacy, has spent the last few decades voluntarily avoiding the limelight and the media), her fellow Andalusian (born in Seville) Belén Cuesta did go up on stage to collect her trophy, as she was judged by the academy members to be the Best Actress of last year for her convincing turn in the historical drama The Endless Trench [+see also:
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interview: Aitor Arregi, Jon Garaño an…
film profile
]
, thus trouncing her fiercest rivals: Marta Nieto (who won awards at the Venice and Seville Film Festivals for Madre [+see also:
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interview: Rodrigo Sorogoyen
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]
) and Greta Fernández (the winner of the same award at the most recent San Sebastián Film Festival for A Thief’s Daughter [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Belén Funes
film profile
]
). Conversely, the father of the latter actress, Eduard Fernández – who did not attend the gala – was rewarded for his supporting role in While at War [+see also:
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interview: Alejandro Amenábar
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]
(this being the Catalan thesp’s third Goya).

The latter film, directed by Alejandro Aménabar, took home four additional Goyas: for Best Costume Design (Sonia Grande), Production Direction (Carla Pérez de Albéniz), Hair and Make-up (the López-Puigcerver sisters and Nacho Díaz) and Art Direction (Juan Pedro de Gaspar). Meanwhile, its most serious competitors picked up a mere two gongs: The Endless Trench (Best Sound and Best Lead Actress, as mentioned above), Out in the Open [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Benito Zambrano
film profile
]
(Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Original Song) and Fire Will Come [+see also:
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interview: Óliver Laxe
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]
(Best Cinematography, acknowledging the spectacular work of Mauro Herce, and Best New Actress, for 84-year-old Benedicta Sánchez, who acted for the very first time in the movie).

The rather boring show (as is customary) confirmed Belén Funes as a filmmaker with a bright future (she scooped Best New Director for A Thief’s Daughter) and Enric Auquer as the real revelation of 2019, as he pocketed the Goya for Best New Actor for Eye for an Eye [+see also:
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interview: Paco Plaza
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]
, after recently taking home two Feroz Awards (see the news).

Here is the full list of award winners:

Best Film
Pain & Glory [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Antonio Banderas
Q&A: Pedro Almodóvar
film profile
]
Pedro Almodóvar

Best Director
Pedro Almodóvar – Pain & Glory

Best Lead Actress
Belén Cuesta – The Endless Trench [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Aitor Arregi, Jon Garaño an…
film profile
]
(Spain/France)

Best Lead Actor
Antonio Banderas – Pain & Glory

Best Supporting Actress
Julieta Serrano – Pain & Glory

Best Supporting Actor
Eduard Fernández While at War [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Alejandro Amenábar
film profile
]
(Spain/Argentina)

Best New Actor
Enric Auquer Eye for an Eye [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Paco Plaza
film profile
]

Best New Actress
Benedicta Sánchez Fire Will Come [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Óliver Laxe
film profile
]
(Spain/France/Luxembourg)

Best New Director
Belén Funes A Thief’s Daughter [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Belén Funes
film profile
]

Best Original Screenplay
Pedro Almodóvar – Pain & Glory

Best Adapted Screenplay
Benito Zambrano, Daniel Remón and Pablo Remón Out in the Open [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Benito Zambrano
film profile
]

Best Original Score
Alberto Iglesias – Pain & Glory

Best Production Direction
Carla Pérez de Albéniz – While at War

Best Special Effects
Mario Campoy and Iñaki Madariaga The Platform [+see also:
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interview: Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia
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]

Best Sound
Iñaki Díez, Alazne Ameztoi, Xanti Salvador and Nacho Royo Villanova – The Endless Trench

Best Costume Design
Sonia Grande – While at War

Best Original Song
“Intemperie” Javier Ruíbal, Out in the Open

Best Hair and Make-up
Ana López-Puigcerver, Belén López Puigcerver and Nacho Díaz – While at War

Best Art Direction
Juan Pedro de Gaspar – While at War

Best Cinematography
Mauro Herce – Fire Will Come

Best Editing
Teresa Font – Pain & Glory

Best European Film
Les Misérables [+see also:
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interview: Ladj Ly
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]
– Ladj Ly (France)

Best Animated Film
Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles [+see also:
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interview: GoCritic! Interview: José L…
film profile
]
– Salvador Simó (Spain/Netherlands)

Best Documentary Film
Ara Malikian: A Life Among Strings – Nata Moreno

Best Latin American Film
Heroic Losers [+see also:
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trailer
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]
– Sebastián Borensztein (Argentina/Spain)

Best Short Fiction
Watermelon Juice – Irene Moray

Best Short Documentary
Nuestra vida como niños refugiados en Europa – Silvia Venegas

Best Animated Short
Madrid 2120 – José Luis Quirós and Paco Sáez

Honorary Goya
Marisol (Pepa Flores)

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(Translated from Spanish)

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