Domestic abuse drama wins Spanish awards

Pic nabs major kudos, 'Mortadelo' scoops bevy of tech nods

MADRID — Iciar Bollain’s domestic abuse drama “Take My Eyes” cleaned up at the 18th Spanish Academy Awards on Saturday, scooping Goyas for film, director, actor (Luis Tosar), actress (Laia Marull) and original screenplay (Bollain and Alicia Luna).

“Eyes’ ” tally left only one top plaudit for another film: adapted screenplay, won by Isabel Coixet for the English-lingo, Sarah Polley starrer “My Life Without Me.”

Spain’s biggest 2003 B.O. hit, “Mortadelo & Filemon: The Big Adventure” scooped a bevy of tech nods for line production, art direction, editing, makeup/hair design and f/x.

Thesps Fernando Tejero and Maria Valverde also won predictable prizes for breakthrough perfs in “Football Days” and “The Weakness of the Bolshevik.”

And “El Cid: The Legend” edged out “The Three Wise Men” in a — for once — hotly contested animated feature battle.

There were surprises: Angeles Gonzalez-Sinde’s social-conscious drama “Sleeping Fortune” took new director; Jose Luis Lopez Linares’ portrait of amateur cineaste Madronita Andreu, “A Glimpse of Other Lives,” bested Julio Medem’s “Basque Ball” for documentary.

Yet, for the second year running, the Academy Awards will be remembered as much for political mudslinging as its kudos count.

Spain’s predominantly right-wing “Association of Victims of Terrorism” staged a demonstration outside the Goyas ceremony lambasting Medem’s talking-heads docu for allegedly supporting Basque terrorist org ETA.

Academy members rallied round Medem, wearing stickers proclaiming “No to Terrorism” and yes to “Freedom of Speech.”

The winners of the 18th Spanish Academy awards are . . .


“Take My Eyes”


Laia Marull , “Take My Eyes”


Luis Tosar, “Take My Eyes”


Iciar Bollain , “Take My Eyes”

European film

“Good Bye Lenin!”

Foreign Spanish-language film

“Minimal Stories”

Supporting actress

Candela Pena, “Take My Eyes”

Supporting actor

Eduard Fernandez, “In the City”

Original screenplay

Iciar Bollain, “Take My Eyes”

Adapted screenplay

Isabel Coixet, “My Life Without Me”


Javier Aguirresarobe, “Soldiers of Salamina”

Original Score

Juan Bardem, “South From Granada”

Breakthrough performance, actress

Maria Valverde, “The Weakness of the Bolshevik”

Breakthrough performance, actor

Fernando Tejero, “Football Days”

First-time director

Angeles Gonzalez-Sinde: “Sleeping Fortune”

Live-action short film


Animated short film

“Regare con lagrimas tus petalos”

Documentary short

“Los ninos de Nepal”

Costume design

Yvonne Blake, “Carmen”

Art direction

Cesar Macarron, “Mortadelo & Filemon: The Big Adventure”


Ivan Aledo, “Mortadelo & Filemon: The Big Adventure”


Eva Valino, Alfonso Pino, Pelayo Gutierrez, Jose L. Crespo, “Take My Eyes”

Make-up and hair design

Jose Antonio Sanchex, Paquita Nunez, “Mortadelo & Filemon: The Big Adventure”

Special effects

Raul Romanillos, Pau Costa, Julio Navarro, Feliz Berges, “Mortadelo & Filemon: The Big Adventure”

Line production

Luis Manso, Marina Ortiz, “Mortadelo & Filemon: The Big Adventure”

Original song

Chop Suey, “Humans Like You,” “My Life Without Me”


Jose Luis Lopez Linares, “A Glimpse of Other Lives”

Animated feature

Jose Pozo, “El Cid: The Legend”

Lifetime achievement

Hector Alterio

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