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.
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.
Here’s the full list of the 2019 Goya winners
Rodrigo Sorogoyen for The Realm
Arantxa Echevarria for Carmen & Lola
Antonio de la Torre for The Realm
Susi Sanchez for Sunday’s Illness
Luis Zahera for The Realm
Carolina Yuste for Carmen & Lola
Jesus Vidal for Champions
Eva Llorach for Quien Te Cantara
Isabel Peña and Rodrigo Sorogoyen for The Realm
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
Roma by Alfonso Cuaron
Olivier Arson for The Realm
“Este es el momento” from Champions by Coque Malla
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
Juan Pedro de Gaspar for Gun City
Lluis Rivera and Laura Pedro for Superlopez
Clara Bilbao for Gun City
Make-up and hair
Sylvie Imbert, Amparo Sanchez and Pablo Perona for The Man Who Killed Don Quixote
Gaza by Carlos Bover Martinez and Julio Perez del Campo
Cerdita by Carlota Pereda
Short animated film
Cazatalentos by Jose Herrera