To many, the idea of giving 22 awards to an eligible 39 Spanish films might seem ludicrous. But not to the spectators that jammed into Madrid’s Congress Hall Friday to watch the 2 1/2-hour Goyas ceremony.
The Goyas are awarded by Spain’s Film Academy, loosely modeled on its U.S. counterpart. This eighth edition of the event was marked by the absence of numerous celebs, including Pedro Almodovar, Carmen Maura, Antonio Banderas, Veronica Forque and Victoria Abril. All were no-shows, as was the Academy’s president, Fernando Ray, who was sick.
Copping the most prizes was Jose Luis Garcia Sanchez’s “Banderas the Tyrant,” with six Goyas. Pic just opened commercially, to so-so results.
Once again, the big loser was Almodovar, whose “Kika” was nominated in eight categories but won only once, for best actress Forque. A group of Almodovar thesps ankled the ceremony halfway through.
Veteran helmer Luis Berlanga, on hand for the ceremony, walked away with best director and best film prizes, for the modern comedy “Everyone Off to Jail.”
A list of the major award winners:
Film: “Everyone Off to Jail” (director, Luis Berlanga).
Director: Luis Berlanga, “Everyone Off to Jail.”
Actor: Juan Echanove, “Madregilda” (Francisco Regueiro).
Actress: Victoria Forque, “Kika” (Pedro Almodovar).
Cinematography: Jose Luis Alcaine, “The Bird of Happiness” (Pilar Miro).
European film: “Three Colors: Blue” (Krzysztof Kieslowski).
Spanish-language film: “Gatico el Mono,” Argentina (Leonardo Favio).