Spain's equivalent of the Oscars honors prison thriller

Confirming expectations at a rebooted Goya kudofest, Daniel Monzon’s breakout Spanish hit “Cell 211″ swept three of the four top prizes, picture, director and actor for Luis Tosar at Sunday’s 24th Spanish Academy Goya Awards, Spain’s equivalent of the Oscars.

An IFC U.S. pickup, prison thriller “Cell 211″ entered the Goya ceremony with 16 noms, the fourth highest nom-count in history. It left with eight. But it saw one of the strongest faceoffs in recent years, competing against Alejandro Amenabar’s “Agora” (13 noms), Fernando Trueba’s “The Dancer and the Thief” (nine) and Juan Jose Campanella’s “The Secret in Their Eyes” (eight).

“Agora” won adapted screenplay and five tech/craft awards in a row, including cinematography (Xavi Gimenez), art director, vfx, makeup and hair design, as well as line production for Jose Luis Escolar.

But “Cell” swept most of the talent kudos as well as adapted screenplay for Jorge Guerricaechevarria and Monzon, who worked from the novel by Francisco Perez Gandul.

And the winners are:

FILM
“Cell 211,” Telecinco Cinema, Vaca Films, Morena Films

ACTRESS
Lola Duenas, “Me, Too”

ACTOR
Luis Tosar, “Cell 211″

DIRECTOR
Daniel Monzon, “Cell 211″

EUROPEAN FILM
“Slumdog Millionaire” (Danny Boyle, U.S.,-U.K.)

FOREIGN SPANISH-LANGUAGE FILM
“The Secret in Their Eyes” (Juan Jose Campanella, Argentina-Spain)

SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Marta Etura, “Cell 211″

SUPPORTING ACTOR
Raul Arevalo, “Gordos”

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Alejandro Amenabar, Mateo Gil, “Agora”

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Daniel Monzon, Jorge Guerricaechevarria, “Cell 211″

CINEMATOGRAPHY
Xavi Gimenez, “Agora”

ORIGINAL SCORE
Alberto Iglesias, “Broken embraces”

BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE, ACTOR
Alberto Ammann, “Cell 211″

BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE, ACTRESS
Soledad Villamil, “The Secret in Their Eyes”

FIRST-TIME DIRECTOR
Mar Coll, “Three Days With the Family”

LIVE-ACTION SHORT FILM
Mateo Gil, “Dime que yo”

ANIMATED SHORT FILM
“The Lady and the Reaper,” Javier Recio Gracia

DOCUMENTARY SHORT
David Munoz Lopez, “Flores de Ruanda”

COSTUME DESIGN
Gabriella Pescucci, “Agora”

ART DIRECTION
Guy Hendrix Dyas, “Agora”

EDITING
Mapa Pastor, “Cell 211″

SOUND
Sergio Burmann, Jaime Fernandez, Carlos Faruolo, “Cell 211″

MAKEUP AND HAIR DESIGN
Jan Sewell, Suzanne Stokes-Munton, “Agora”

SPECIAL EFFECTS
Chris Reynolds, Felix Berges, “Agora”

LINE PRODUCTION
Jose Luis Escolar, “Agora”

ORIGINAL SONG
“Yo tambien,” Guille Milkway

DOCUMENTARY
“Garbo: The Man Who Saved the World,” Ikiru Films, Centuria Films, TVC

ANIMATED FEATURE
“Planet 51,” Ilion Studios, HandMade Films, Antena 3 Films

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT
Antonio Mercero

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