Spain’s Goyas celebrate ‘Life’

Coixet's 'Secret' sweeps kudofest

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Isabel Coixet’s “The Secret Life of Words” swept best pic, director and original screenplay (both to Coixet) and line production at Sunday’s 20th Goya Awards, presented by Spain’s Academy of the Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

“Words” was produced by Mediapro and Pedro and Agustin Almodovar’s shingle El Deseo, and the nods rep a curious twist of fate: They come just one year after Pedro Almodovar quit the academy in protest at being frozen out of its awards (“Bad Education” went home empty-handed from the 2005 Goyas).

Confirming the most open contest in years, the awards were evenly spread beyond the “Words” wins.

Jaime Chavarri’s “Camaron” and Fernando Leon’s “Princesses” snagged three Goyas, “Obaba,” “Tapas,” “The Gronholm Method” and “Habana Blues” snared two apiece.

“Camaron” thesp Oscar Jaenada beat out Juan Jose Ballesta in “Seven Virgins” to win the actor prize. Candela Pena took actress for “Princesses.”Woody Allen snagged the European film kudos for “Match Point” in a reminder of his huge fan base in Spain. Pic qualified for the category as a British production.

“There is no greater achievement than to be recognized by the European community,” Allen said in a recorded speech.

The often overly serious, four-hour-plus ceremony lacked the fiery political and industry protests that have fired up previous editions. Setting a tone of guarded optimism, academy president Mercedes Sampietro said Spanish pics increased their market share in Spain from 13.4% to 16.7% in 2005, while U.S. pic plunged nine percentage points to 60.4%.

And the winners are…

FILM
“The Secret Life of Words,” Isabel Coixet, El Deseo/Mediapro

ACTRESS
Candela Pena, “Princesses”

ACTOR
Oscar Jaenada, “Camaron”

DIRECTOR
Isabel Coixet, “The Secret Life of Words”

EUROPEAN FILM
“Match Point,” Woody Allen, U.K..

FOREIGN SPANISH-LANGUAGE FILM
“Iluminados por el fuego,” Tristan Bauer, Argentina

SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Elvira Minguez, “Tapas”

SUPPORTING ACTOR
Carmelo Gomez, “The Gronholm Method”

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Isabel Coixet, “The Secret Life of Words”

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Marcelo Pinyero, Mateo Gil, “The Gronholm Method”

CINEMATOGRAPHY
Jose Luis Lopez Linares, “Iberia”

ORIGINAL SCORE
Juan Antonio Leyva, Jose Luis Garrido, Equis Alfonso, Dayan Abad, Desce-mer Bueno, “Habana Blues”

ORIGINAL SONG
“Me llaman calle,” Manu Chao, “Princesses”

FIRST-TIME DIRECTOR
Jose Corbacho, Juan Cruz “Tapas”

ANIMATED FEATURE
“Midsummer Dream,” Angel de la Cruz, Manolo Gomez, Dygra Films

DOCUMENTARY
“Filmmakers vs. Tycoons,” Carlos Benpar, Producciones Kilimanjaro

LINE PRODUCTION
Esther Garcia, “The Secret Life of Words”

ART DIRECTION
Gil Parrondo, “Ninette”

EDITING
Fernando Pardo, “Habana Blues”

SOUND
Carlos Bonmati, Alfondo Pino, Pelayo Gutierrez, “Obaba”

BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE, ACTOR
Jesus Carroza, “Seven Virgins”

BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE, ACTRESS
Micaela Narvaez, “Princesses”

LIVE-ACTION SHORT FILM
“Nana,” Jose Javier Rodriguez Melcon, Enigma Films

ANIMATED SHORT FILM
“Tadeo Jones,” Enrique Gato Borregan, La Fiesta

DOCUMENTARY SHORT
“En la cuna del aire,” Rodolfo Montero de Palacio, Creaccion Films/Producciones Liquidas

COSTUME DESIGN
Maria Jose Iglesia, “Camaron”

MAKEUP AND HAIR DESIGN
Romana Gonzalez, Josefa Morales, “Camaron”

SPECIAL EFFECTS
David Marti, Montse Ribe, Felix Cordon, Feliz Berges, Rafael Solor-zano, “Fragile”

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT
Pedro Maso

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