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'Volver' wins best picture at Spain's Goya Awards; Penelope Cruz wins best actress

'Volver' wins best picture at Spain's Goya Awards; Penelope Cruz wins best actress

Pedro Almodovar's "Volver" won best picture and earned Penelope Cruz the best actress award at the Goya Awards, Spain's equivalent of the Oscars.
Almodovar won best director for the story of a family of Spanish women living in pain, chaos and trauma that received 14 nominations.
But the gothic fairy tale "Pan's Labyrinth," by Mexican director Guillermo del Toro, earned seven awards, the largest windfall of honors, including best original screenplay.
"My relationship with Spain as a filmmaker is one of profound admiration and respect ... that began with the hand of Pedro (Almodovar)," del Toro said as he accepted his award Sunday night.
Cruz, also an Oscar nominee for best actress, got a little choked up as she shared thanks for the award with those who have supported her for the length of her career.
"This award is very important, very special for me," Cruz said. "I am going to try not to cry because I'm a disaster, and these 30 seconds are not going to be enough."
Almodovar, who did not attend the awards ceremony, sent a speech in which he thanked all the people involved in his project.
The Argentine film "Las manos," by Alejandro Doria, won for best Latin American movie, over "American Visa" by Juan Carlos Valdivia of Bolivia; "En la cama," by Matias Bize of Chile; and "Sonar no cuesta nada," by Rodrigo Triana of Colombia.
"The Queen," by Stephen Frears of England, won for best European film.
The best actor award went to Juan Diego of Spain for his work in "Vete de mi." The best supporting actor and best new actor awards went to Antonio de la Torre and Quim Gutierrez, respectively, for "Azuloscurocasinegro." The film's director, Daniel Sanchez Arevalo, also won for best new director.
The local box office success "Alatriste," by Agustin Diaz-Yanes, the story of a heroic 17th century soldier-turned-mercenary, won for best artistic direction and best costume. The film topped the list of candidates with 15 nominations.
The singer Bebe won the Goya award for best original song for "Tiempo pequeno," from the movie "La educacion de las hadas," for which she also was nominated as best new actress.
"Pan's Labyrinth" also won awards for best cinematography, special effects, makeup, sound, montage and best new actress for its young protagonist, Ivana Baquero.
"I want to thank Guillermo del Toro, I love him, I love him and he was my mentor throughout the film," said the 12-year-old actress as she received her award.
Last year, "Mar adentro," by Chilean director Alejandro Amenabar, won 14 awards.


Updated : 2021-07-24 00:56 GMT+08:00