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Javier Bardem, ‘El Buen Patrón’ & Cate Blanchett top Spain’s Goya Awards

Javier Bardem won best actor at the 36th Goya Awards on Saturday – the Spanish ‘Oscars’ film awards that were held in Valencia this year – whilst Australian actress Cate Blanchett took home the first ever International Goya.

Bardem won his seventh Goya for his role in Fernando León de Aranoa’s workplace satire, El Buen Patrón (‘The Good Boss’), which won six awards, including best film, best director and best original screenplay. The film had received a record 20 nominations.

‘Thank you for writing a character so rich in nuances, in complexities, so funny,’ Bardem said, addressing director León de Aranoa.

Penelope Cruz, who had been nominated alongside her husband Bardem, failed to win best actress for her role in Pedro Almodovar’s Madres paralelas. That award went instead to Blanca Portillo for her powerful performance as Maixabel Lasa (in Maixabel), the real life widow of former Basque Country governor Juan Mari Jauregui who agreed in 2011 to meet one of his ETA killers. Her forgiveness, and Portillo’s portrait, has touched a large nerve in Spain.

The film Maixabel also produced the best supporting actor, Urko Olazabal, and best new actress, Maria Cerezuela.

Javier Bardem
Javier Bardem receiving his award in Valencia on 12 February 2022. (Miguel Córdoba / PremiosGoya.com)

Australian actress Cate Blanchett received the first ever International Goya at the ceremony. She said watching films by Spanish director Luis Buñuel in high school changed how she saw the world. ‘Since then I have been attracted to the visual language of Spanish cinema,’ she said.

Blanchett is set to work with Almodóvar in an adaptation of Lucia Berlin’s short story collection ‘A Manual for Cleaning Women’.

Bardem will hope to replicate his win at the Oscars in Los Angeles on 27 March where he is also nominated for best actor, this time for his role as Desi Arnaz alongside Nicole Kidman’s Lucille Ball, in Being the Ricardos.

Penelope Cruz is also nominated for an Oscar, making Cruz and Bardem the sixth married couple to receive Academy Award nominations for acting in the same year.

Pedro Almodovar and Penelope Cruz
Pedro Almodovar and Penelope Cruz present the International Goya to Cate Blanchett in Valencia on 12 February 2022. (Miguel Córdoba / PremiosGoya.com)

36th Goya Awards – Winners

  • FILM – El Buen Patrón
  • DIRECTOR – Fernando León de Aranoa (El Buen Patrón)
  • NEW DIRECTOR – Clara Roquet (Libertad)
  • ACTRESS – Blanca Portillo (Maixabel)
  • ACTOR – Javier Bardem (El Buen Patrón)
  • SUPPORTING ACTRESS – Nora Navas (Libertad)
  • SUPPORTING ACTOR – Urko Olazabal (Maixabel)
  • ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY – Fernando León de Aranoa (El Buen Patrón)
  • ADAPTED SCREENPLAY – Daniel Monzón y Jorge Guerricaechevarría (Las Leyes de la Frontera)
  • CINEMATOGRAPHY – Kiko de la Rica (‘Mediterráneo: The Law of the Sea’)
  • ORIGINAL MUSIC – Zeltia Montes (El Buen Patrón)
  • ORIGINAL SONG – Te espera el mar (María José Llergo for ‘Mediterráneo: The Law of the Sea’)
  • NEW ACTOR – Chechu Salgado (Las Leyes de la Frontera)
  • NEW ACTRESS – María Cerezuela (Maixabel)
  • INTERNATIONAL GOYA AWARD – Cate Blanchett
  • ANIMATED FEATURE – Valentina (Chelo Loureiro)
  • IBERO-AMERICAN FILM – La Cordillera de los Sueños (Patricio Guzmán, Chile)
  • EUROPEAN PICTURE – Otra Ronda (Thomas Vinterberg, Denmark)
  • DOCUMENTARY – Quién lo impide (Jonás Trueba)
  • HONORARY GOYA – José Sacristán
  • LIVE-ACTION SHORT FILM – Verónica Echegui (Tótem loba)
  • ANIMATED SHORT FILM – The Monkey (Lorenzo Degl’Innocenti, Xosé Zapata)
  • DOCUMENTARY SHORT – Mamá (Pablo de la Chica)
  • EDITING – Vanessa Marimbert (El Buen Patrón)
  • PRODUCTION DESIGN – Albert Espel, Kostas Sfakianakis (‘Mediterráneo: The Law of the Sea’)
  • COSTUME DESIGN – Vinyet Escobar (Las Leyes de la Frontera)
  • ART DIRECTION – Balter Gallart (Las Leyes de la Frontera)
  • SOUND – Daniel Fontrodona, Oriol Tarragó, Marc Bech, Marc Orts (Tres)
  • MAKE-UP AND HAIR DESIGN – Sarai Rodríguez, Benjamín Pérez, Nacho Díaz (Las Leyes de la Frontera)
  • SPECIAL EFFECTS – Pau Costa, Laura Pedro (“Way Down”)

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