‘A Monster Calls,’ Sigourney Weaver, Penelope Cruz Among Spanish Academy Goya Nominations

Almodovar’s ‘Julieta’ also contends for best picture

MADRID —  Juan Antonio Bayona’s “A Monster Calls,” Sigourney Weaver, with a supporting actress nod, and Penelope Cruz, a best actress contender for Fernando Trueba’s “The Queen of Spain,” all figure among nominations for next February’s 31st Spanish Academy Goya Awards.

In recognition of the two Spanish directors who have arguably burst onto the scene to largest impact from the turn of the century,“A Monster Calls” and Alberto Rodriguez’s “Smoke & Mirrors” lead nominations for next February’s 31st Spanish Academy Goya Awards.

Announced Wednesday in Madrid by actor Javier Camara (“Talk to Her,” “Truman”) and actress Natalia de Molina (“Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed”), the Goya nominations also feature Pedro Almodovar’s “Julieta,’ Spain’s foreign-language Oscar submission, which is up for best picture.

Starring Liam Neeson, Weaver and Felicity Jones, Bayona’s coming-of-age fantasy “A Monster Calls” scored 12 category nods; a true-event-based Spanish espionage expose, “Smoke & Mirrors” has scooped 11. Mother-daughter melodrama “Julieta” is up for five awards.

Actor-turned-director Raul Arevalo’s bloody revenge tale “The Fury of a Patient Man,” a Venice Festival hit, and Rodrigo Sorogoyen’s serial killer procedural “May God Save Us,” a San Sebastian screenplay winner, also vie for best picture. Their nominations serve as further recognition for two original young talents who set violent thrillers in milieux – whether Madrid’s ageing center (“God”) or working class periphery (“Fury”) –  little seen in Spanish movies.

Nominated for his slow-boiling performance in ‘The Fury of a Patient Man,” but also talked up by critics for his performance in “May God Save Us,” Antonio de la Torre probably starts as favourite for best actor.

One of five “The Queen of Spain” nominations, Cruz faces staunch competition from Emma Suarez as the star-crossed mother of “Julieta” and Barbara Lennie, a family-bound thirty-something who is still a daughter rather than an adult woman, in Nely Reguera’s “Maria (And the Others),” one of the standout debuts of 2016.

The 31st Spanish Academy Goya Awards take place Feb. 4 in Madrid.



“Smoke & Mirrors,” (Alberto Rodriguez)

“Julieta,” (Pedro Almodóvar)

“May God Save Us,” (Rodrigo Sorogoyen)

“The Fury of a Patient Man,” (Raúl Arévalo)

“A Monster Calls,” (J.A Bayona)


Alberto Rodríguez

Pedro Almodóvar

Rodrigo Sorogoyen

J.A Bayona


Salvador Calvo, (“1898, Our Last Men in the Philippines”)

Marc Crehuet, (“The One-Eyed King”)

Nely Reguera, (“Maria (And the Others)”)

Raúl Arévalo


Jorge Guerrica Echevarría, (“Cien años de perdón”)

Paul Laverty, (“The Olive Tree”)

Isabel Peña, Rodrigo Sorogoyen, (“May God Save Us”)

David Pulido, Raul Arevalo, (“The Fury of a Patient Man”)


Alberto Rodríguez, Rafael Cobos, (“Smoke & Mirrors”)

Pedro Almodóvar, (“Julieta”)

Fernando Perez, Paco de Leon (“KIKI, el amor se hace”)

Patrick Ness, (“A Monster Calls”)


Julio de la Rosa, (“Smoke & Mirrors”)

Pascal Gaigne, (“The Olive Tree”)

Alberto Iglesias, (“Julieta”)

Fernando Velázquez, (“A Monster Calls”)


“Descubriendo India,” (Luis Ivars, “Bollywood Made in Spain”)

“Ai, ai, ai,” (Silvia Pérez “Cerca de tu casa”)

“Muerte,” (Zeltia Montes, “Fragil equilibrio”)

“KIKI,” (Mr.K!, with Nita, Alejandro Costa, Cristina Manjón, David Borras Paronella, Marc Peña Rius, Paco de León, “KIKI, el amor se hace”)


Eduard Fernández, (“Smoke & Mirrors”)

Roberto Alamo, (“May God Save Us”)

Antonio de la Torre (“The Fury of a Patient Man”)

Luis Callejo, (“The Fury of a Patient Man”)


Emma Suárez, (“Julieta”)

Carmen Machi, (“La puerta abierta”)

Penélope Cruz, (“The Queen of Spain”)

Bárbara Lennie, (“Maria (And the Others)”)


Karra Elejaldre (“100 Meters”)

Javier Gutiérrez, (“The Olive Three”)

Javier Pereira, (“ May God Save Us”)

Manolo Solo, (“The Fury of a Patient Man”)


Candela Peña (“KIKI, el amor se hace”)

Emma Suárez, (“La próxima piel”)

Terele Pávez, (“La puerta abierta”)

Sigourney Weaver, (“A Monster Calls”)


Ricardo Gómez, (“1898, Our Last Men in the Philippines”)

Rodrigo de la Serna (“Cine años de perdón”)

Carlos Santos (“Smoke & Mirrors”)

Raúl Jiménez (“The Fury of a Patient Man”)


Silvia Pérez, (“Cerca de tu casa”)

Anna Castillo, (The Olive Three”)

Belén Cuesta, (“KIKI, el amor se hace”)

Ruth Díaz, (“The Fury of a Patient Man”)


“Ozzy,” (Alberto Rodríguez)

“Psychonauts, the Forgotten Children,” (Alberto Vázquez, Pedro Rivero)

“Teresa and Tim,” (Agurtzane Intxaurraga)


“Born in Syria,” (Hernán Zin)

“El Bosco. El jardín de los sueños,” (José Luis López Linares)

“Fragil equilibrio,” (Guillermo García López)

“Omega,” (Gervasio Iglesias)


“Anna,” (Jacques Toulemonde, Colombia)

“From Afar,” (Lorenzo Vigas, Venezuela, Mexico)

“The Distinguished Citizen,” (Gastón Duprat, Mariano Cohn, Argentina, Spain)

“The Chosen Ones,” (David Pablos, Mexico)


“Genius” (Michael Grandage, United Kingdom, United States)

“Son of Saul,” (László Nemes, Hungary)

“Elle,” (Paul Verhoeven, France, Germany)

“I, Daniel Blake,” (Ken Loach, United Kingdom, France, Belgium)


“Bla, Bla, Bla,” (Alexis Morante)

“En la azotea,” (Damiá Serra)

“Graffiti,” (Lluís Quílez Sala)

“La invitación,” (Susana Casares)

“Timecode,” (Juanjo Giménez Peña)

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