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Goya Awards: ‘Champions’ and ‘The Realm’ big winners

The 33rd Goya Awards’ best picture went to feel-good comedy Campeones (Champions), by director Javier Fesser, Spain’s most successful film last year. The ‘Spanish oscars’ ceremony was celebrated in Seville last night.

Spain’s runaway box-office hit of last year and its selection to represent the country in the foreign-language Oscar category, Champions tells the story of a professional basketball coach tasked with training a team of players with intellectual disabilities.

Campeones, Champions
Spanish film director Javier Fesser poses with part of the team of ‘Campeones’ (Champions) after being awarded three Goyas at the ceremony in Seville on 2 February 2019. (Jorge Guerrero / AFP)

Political thriller The Realm won the most awards at the Goyas, with 7 awards including best director, actor, supporting actor, original script, sound, editing and music.

The Realm, directed by Rodrigo Sorogoyen, stars Antonio de la Torre in the story of a corrupt politician facing exposure for his illegal dealings.

Champions director Javier Fesser hired non-professional actors with genuine disabilities for the film.

Jesus Vidal, one of the stars, won the prize for best new actor. In his emotional acceptance speech, he said: ‘Three words come to my mind: inclusion, diversity and visibility.’

Champions also won a third award, out of the 11 nominations it received, for best original song.

Mexican film Roma, which is tipped for Oscars glory, was named best Latin American picture at the Goyas.

Shot in black and white by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Alfonso Cuaron, Roma has already won the Golden Lion at Venice, two Golden Globes and four awards at the Critics’ Choice Awards.

Set in Mexico City in the 1970s, it has 10 nominations for the 91st Academy Awards to be held in Hollywood on 24 February.

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Here’s the full list of the 2019 Goya winners

Best film

Best direction
Rodrigo Sorogoyen for The Realm

New director
Arantxa Echevarria for Carmen & Lola

Lead actor
Antonio de la Torre for The Realm

Lead actress
Susi Sanchez for Sunday’s Illness

Supporting actor
Luis Zahera for The Realm

Supporting actress
Carolina Yuste for Carmen & Lola

New actor
Jesus Vidal for Champions

New actress
Eva Llorach for Quien Te Cantara

Original script
Isabel Peña and Rodrigo Sorogoyen for The Realm

Adapted script
Alvaro Brechner for The 12-Year Night

Best Animated film
Another Day of Life by Damian Nenow and Raul de la Fuente

The Silence of Others by Almudena Carracedo and Robert Bahar

Best European film
Cold War by Pawel Pawlikowski

Iberoamerican Film
Roma by Alfonso Cuaron

Original music
Olivier Arson for The Realm

Original song
“Este es el momento” from Champions by Coque Malla

Production design
The Man Who Killed Don Quixote

Director of Photography
Josu Inchaustegui for Gun City

Alberto del Campo for The Realm

Roberto Fernandez and Albert Raposo for The Realm

Art direction
Juan Pedro de Gaspar for Gun City

Special Effects
Lluis Rivera and Laura Pedro for Superlopez

Wardrobe design
Clara Bilbao for Gun City

Make-up and hair
Sylvie Imbert, Amparo Sanchez and Pablo Perona for The Man Who Killed Don Quixote

Short documentary
Gaza by Carlos Bover Martinez and Julio Perez del Campo

Short film
Cerdita by Carlota Pereda

Short animated film
Cazatalentos by Jose Herrera

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