The 35th edition of the Spanish film awards ceremony Los Premios Goya will not take place, as usual, with an audience this year. As such, Antonio Banderas wants the festive presentation of film prizes to be adapted to accommodate the current situation. Instead, the ceremony will be broadcast live on television with a direct link to the Goya winners in their homes.
Organisers Antonio Banderas and María Casado of the Spanish Goya awards (equivalent to the Oscars) announced that all nominees will be virtually present at the ceremony. Furthermore, winners of the coveted film awards will be given the opportunity to comment on their success and give their acceptance speeches live.
The ceremony will take place on March 6 in Málaga. Initially, the festival was due to take place in Valencia, in memory of Spanish director Luis García Berlanga. The director was born in Valencia 100 years ago and was an example to the Spanish film industry. However, this commemorative edition will now take place in Valencia next year.
“Continue to give expression to rituals”
The presentation of the Goya ceremony will be recorded in Banderas’ own theatre Teatro Soho. All production people attending will be pre-tested for covid-19. Most importantly, Banderas never had any doubt the Goya’s presentation would take place this year. “Life not only means that we exist, but also that we must continue to express our rituals. That is why the gala will take place in a hybrid way this year. In doing so, we not only safeguard the health of the nominees but also lead by example and show respect for all people who are on the front lines against covid-19. It will be a special gala this year, it will be a covid gala ”, said the Spanish actor.
The Orquesta Sinfónica Pop of the teatro Soho and other artists, including Aitana and Vanesa Martín, will perform at the ceremony. It has still to be confirmed whether the live broadcast will commence at the scheduled time of 10 pm. This will be determined by the ever-changing corona measures in the Spanish regions.
Most Goya Award nominations this year went to Salvador Calvo’s “Adú“. “Adu” has been nominated in 13 categories. “Akelarre” by Pablo Agüero has received 9 nominations). “Las niñas” by Pilar Palomero has also received 9 and “La boda de Rosa” by Icíar Bollaín receiving 8 nominations. Finally, a complete overview of the categories and nominees of the Premios Goya 2021 can be found on this page of the newspaper El País.