MALAGA – Antonio Banderas hosts the live-streamed 2021 Goya Awards ceremony from the Teatro del Soho CaixaBank on Saturday, March 6. Malaga-born Banderas also directs this year’s award ceremony.
The 35th Goya Awards ceremony, presented by the Academy of Cinematographic Arts and Sciences (AACCE), will honour the best Spanish films of 2020. The ceremony will be televised in Spain by Televisión Española (TVE) and will be directed and hosted by actor Antonio Banderas and journalist María Casado.
Netflix drama ‘Adú,’ directed by Salvador Calvo, is a clear frontrunner with 14 nominations, including for best film and best director.
Calvo’s film follows three interconnected stories set in Africa. Two members of its ensemble cast Álvaro Cervantes and Adam Nourou, picked up Goya nominations for best supporting actor and best newcomer actor, respectively.
Last year, Pedro Almodóvar’s semi-autobiographical drama Pain and Glory was the big winner at the Goyas. It took seven awards, including for best picture, director, original screenplay, and best actor for Antonio Banderas.
United Kingdom shows well in European film category
The United Kingdom has two films in the running for Best European Film: ‘The Father’ and ‘Falling’. ‘The Father’ stars Anthony Hopkins, Olivia Colman, Mark Gatiss, Imogen Poots, Rufus Sewell, and Olivia Williams. It follows the story of an aging Welshman (Hopkins) who must deal with his progressing memory loss.
‘Falling’ has a similar theme to ‘The Father’, dealing with dementia. John Peterson – played by Viggo Mortensen who also wrote and directed the film – is a middle-aged gay man whose homophobic father starts to exhibit symptoms of dementia. He has to sell the family farm and move to Los Angeles to live with John and his husband Eric.
Goya Awards Nominations
Here is the list of nominations for the main awards:
Adú; Ane Is Missing; La boda de Rosa; The Girls; The People Upstairs
Salvador Calvo for Adú; Juanma Bajo Ulloa for Bafrom; Icíar Bollain for La boda de Rosa; Isabel Coixet for It Snows in Benidorm
Amaia Aberasturi for Coven; Andrea Fandós for The Girls; Patricia López Arnaiz for Ane is Missing; Candela Peña for La boda de Rosa
Mario Casas for Cross the Line; Javier Cámara for The People Upstairs; Ernesto Alterio for A Normal World; David Verdaguer for One for All
Best Supporting Actress
Juana Acosta for El inconvenient; Verónica Echegui for My Heart Goes Boom!; Natalia de Molina for The Girls; Nathalie Poza for La boda de Rosa
Best Supporting Actor
Sergi López for La boda de Rosa; Juan Diego Botto for The Europeans; Alberto San Juan for The People Upstairs; Álvaro Cervantes for Adú
Best Actress Newcomer
Jone Laspiur for Ane is Missing; Paula Usero for La boda de Rosa; Milena Smith for Cross the Line; Griselda Siciliani for The People Upstairs
Best Actor Newcomer
Adam Nourou for Adú; Chema del Barco for The Plan; Janick for Historias lamentables; Fernando Valdivielso for Cross the Line
Best Original Screenplay
Adu; La boda de Rosa; Historias lamentables; The Girls
Anatomía de un dandy; Drowning Letters; The Year of the Discovery; My Mexican Bretzel
Best European Film
Corpus Christi from Poland; The Father from the United Kingdom; An Officer and A Spy from France; Falling from the United Kingdom