Goya Contest No Contest; Saura Sweeps Top Prizes

The fifth annual Spanish film awards were presented Feb. 17 with the usual glitter and glamor as Carlos Saura’s “Ay, Carmela!” took 13 Goya statuettes.

Before the gala ceremony began, the Goyas were considered a mano-a-mano between Saura and Pedro Almodovar, who made “Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!”

Best film, director

But it soon became clear that there really was no contest. Wins for “Ay, Carmela!” included awards for best film, director, adapted screenplay, special effects, actress (Carmen Maura) and actor (Andres Pajares).

Almodovar and “Tie Me Up!” won no awards. Last year, Almodovar upstaged the ceremonies when he presented Carmen Maura with a piece of the Berlin Wall. A backlash of anti-Almodovar sentiment must have crept over the Academy members who voted on the prizes this year.

Named best first film was Rosa Verges’ “Boom Boom,” a Catalan comedy.

Nod for foreign pic made in Spanish went to Francisco Lombardi’s “Caidos Del Cielo” from Peru.

A special life achievement award was given to veteran set designer Enrique Alarcon, who was drawn away from the mike with difficulty as he started reminiscing about the old studio days in Madrid.

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