‘Volver’ takes best picture at Goya awards

Cruz named best actress at awards show

MADRID — Five days after missing out on a foreign-language Oscar nom for “Volver,” Pedro Almodovar saw large home-turf compensation.

“Volver” snagged best film, actress (Penelope Cruz), original score (Goya favorite Alberto Iglesias) and supporting actress (Carmen Maura). The awards signify some bridge-mending between Spain’s most famous director and its film Academy.

Almodovar quit the Academy in 2005 after “Bad Education” went home from that year’s Goyas empty-handed. He didn’t attend this year’s ceremony, alleging he gets too nervous at kudofests.

But a radiant Penelope Cruz and brother and producer Agustin Almodovar were on hand to accept warmly-applauded best director and picture prizes for him. Otherwise, the night largely belonged to Guillermo del Toro and “Pan’s Labyrinth,” which was co-produced by Spanish broadcaster Telecinco with

Mexico’s Tequila Gang and New York’s Esperanto.

“Labyrinth” took a total seven Goyas, echoing Oscar noms with Goya nods for original screenplay (Del Toro), cinematography (Guillermo Navarro) and

makeup (David Marti and Montse Ribe).

Daniel Sanchez-Arevalo’s deb “Darkbluealmostblack” also made a splash, taking three Goyas, including a tightly-fought best first feature. Best actor was another tough battle, won by vet Spanish thesp Juan Diego for his memorable perf as a neurotic, self-centred actor in Victor Garcia Leon’s “Vete de mi.”

Two of his rivals – Viggo Mortensen (“Alatriste”) and German Daniel Bruehl (“Salvador”), both present at the Goyas – the seven Goyas for Del Toro’s

“Labyrinth,” plus best animation for “Hairy Tooth Fairy,” directed by Argentinian Juan Pablo Buscarini, are signs that Spanish cinema, and with it its Goya Awards, is opening up to the rest of the world.

Emilio Mayorga contributed to this report

And the winners are…

PICTURE: “Volver”

ACTRESS: Penelope Cruz, “Volver”

ACTOR: Juan Diego, “Vete de mi”

DIRECTOR: Pedro Almodovar, “Volver”

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: Guillermo del Toro, “Pan’s Labyrinth”

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: Lluis Arcarazo, “Salvador”

FIRST-TIME DIRECTOR: Daniel Sanchez Arevalo, “Darkbluealmostblack”

EUROPEAN FILM: “The Queen,” Stephen Frears, U.K.-France-Italy

FOREIGN SPANISH-LANGUAGE FILM: “Las manos,” Alejandro Doria, Argentina

SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Carmen Maura, “Volver”

SUPPORTING ACTOR: Antonio de la Torre, “Darkbluealmostblack”

BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE, ACTOR: Quim Gutierrez, “Darkbluealmostblack”


ANIMATED FEATURE: “The Hairy Tooth Fairy,” Juan Pablo Buscareni

ART DIRECTION: Benjamin Fernandez, “Alatriste”

CINEMATOGRAPHY: Guillermo Navarro, “Pan’s Labyrinth”

LINE PRODUCTION: Cristina Zumarraga, “Alatriste”

DOCUMENTARY SHORT: “Castanuela 70, el teatro prohibido,” Manuel Calvo and Olga Margallo

ANIMATED SHORT FILM: “El viaje de Said,” Coke Rioboo

LIVE-ACTION SHORT FILM: “A ciegas,” Salvador Gomez Cuenca

VISUAL EFFECTS: David Marti, Montse Ribe, Reyes Abades, Everet Burrell, Eduard Irastorza and Emilio Ruiz, “Pan’s Labyrinth”

COSTUME DESIGN: Francesca Sartori, “Alatriste”

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE: “Cineastas en accion,” Carlos Benpar

FILM EDITING: Bernat Villaplana, “Pan’s Labyrinth”

SOUND: Miguel Polo and Martin Hernandez, “Pan’s Labyrinth”

ORIGINAL SCORE: Alberto Iglesias, “Volver”

ORIGINAL SONG: “Tiempo Pequeno,” from “The Education of a Fairy,” by Bebe and Lucio Godoy

MAKEUP AND HAIR DESIGN: Jose Quetglas and Blanca Sanchez, “Pan’s Labyrinth”


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