Leon drama sweeps, Almodovar's 'Talk' balks

See winnersMADRID — Fernando Leon’s unemployment drama “Mondays in the Sun” swept the 17th Spanish Academy Goya awards, Spain’s equivalent to the Oscars, with nods for film, director, actor (Javier Bardem), supporting actor (Luis Tosar) and breakthrough actor (Jose Angel Egido).

Saturday’s kudofest had been billed as a showdown between “Mondays” and Pedro Almodovar’s romance “Talk to Her.” “Talk” had seven noms but ultimately took just one prize, for Alberto Iglesias’ score. Almodovar did not attend the ceremony.

“Mondays,” sold to Lions Gate Films for U.S. distribution, has received upbeat notices abroad and rave reviews in Spain. Its Goya haul can also be read as an act of affirmation by Spanish Academy members, who picked “Mondays” over “Talk” as Spain’s nomination for foreign-language Oscar consideration.

The Elias Querejeta/Jaume Roures-produced “Mondays” also caught the anti-establishment mood of Academy members.

Most presenters and Goya winners — including Penelope Cruz and Alejandro Amenabar, who doled out the best film prize — sported “No War” badges, as the U.S. edges closer to a conflict with Iraq. The latest polls show 82% of Spaniards oppose the idea.

“The government should listen to the Spanish people,” Bardem said in his acceptance speech. “We’re a majority, and we say no to war!” he added.

Fernando Trueba’s “The Shanghai Spell” took the second highest number of plaudits, with prizes for costume design, makeup and hair design and artistic direction.

Antonio Saura’s Zebra Prods. delivered the biggest surprises of the night, winning original screenplay and supporting actress (Geraldine Chaplin) for father-son drama “The City of No Limits.”

And the winners are …

Film

“Mondays in the Sun”

Director

Fernando Leon, “Mondays in the Sun”

Actress

Mercedes Sampietro, “Common Places”

Actor

Javier Bardem, “Mondays in the Sun”

Supporting Actress

Geraldine Chaplin, “The City of No Limits”

Supporting Actor

Luis Tosar, “Mondays in the Sun”

European Film

“The Pianist”

Foreign Spanish Language Film

“The Last Train”

Original Screenplay

Enrique Braso, Antonio Hernandez, “The City of No Limits”

Adapted Screenplay

Adolfo Aristarain, Kathy Saavedra, “Common Places”

Cinematography

Jose Luis Alcaine, “Don Quijote, Knight Errant”

Original Score

Alberto Iglesias, “Talk To Her”

Breakthrough Performance Actress:

Dolores Gonzalez Flores (“Lolita”),”Rencor”

Breakthrough Performance, Actor

Jose Angel Ejido, “Mondays in the Sun”

First Film:

“Smoking Room”

Live Action Short Film:

“Nada que perder”

Animated Short Film:

“Senor Trapo”

Documentary Short

“Tunel numero 20″

Costume Design

Lala Huete, “The Shanghai Spell”

Art Direction

Salvador Parra, “The Shanghai Spell”

Editing

Angel Hernandez Zoido, “Box 507″

Sound

Gilles Ortion, Alfonso Pino, Pelayo Gutierrez, Jose Vinader, “The Other Side of the Bed”

Make-up and Hair Design

Gregorio Ros, Pepito Juez, “The Shanghai Spell”

Special Effects

Juan Ramon Molina, Felix Berges, Rafael Solorzano, “800 Bullets”

Line Production

Fernando Victoria de Legea, “Box 507″

Original Song

Roque Banos, “Sevillana para Carlos,” “Salome”

Documentary

“El efecto Iguazu”

Animated Feature

“Dragon Hill”

Lifetime Achievement Goya

Manuel Alexandre

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