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Shared glory for Banderas and Almodóvar at the Spanish Academy Awards

Banderas with his Goya.
Banderas with his Goya. / SALVADOR SALAS
  • The film Pain and Glory triumphed at the Goya ceremony held in Malaga on Saturday night, with local actor Antonio Banderas winning the title of Best Leading Actor

Malaga triumphed in more ways than one at Spain's film academy awards on Saturday night.

The city's Martín Carpena sports arena had been chosen as the venue for this year's edition of the Goya's, the Spanish industry's equivalent of the Oscars or the Baftas, and local actors, Antonio Banderas and Belén Cuesta, came away with top awards.

Pedro Almodóvar.

Pedro Almodóvar. / SALVADOR SALAS

Glamorous stars of Spanish film, among other celebrities and authorities, paraded along the red carpet in Malaga on Saturday night for the 34th edition of the Goya awards. Crowds braved the rain to catch a glimpse, and even a selfie, of their favourite actors.

Local actor Antonio Banderas was one of the stars of the evening when predictions were proved right and he was awarded the Best Leading Actor statuette for his role in Pain and Glory.

Directed by veteran filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar, Pain and Glory also came away with the Best Film and Best Director awards, as well as four others.

In his speech, Banderas, who has also been nominated for an Oscar for the same role, said how his career would mean nothing without Almodóvar whom he first worked 40 years ago.

The Malaga actor pointed out that it was exactly three years since he suffered a heart attack. "I feel alive," he said, just before taking to the stage with the cast of his show A Chorus Line for the grand finale of the night.

Bellén Cuesta.

Bellén Cuesta. / REUTERS

Best actress

Another local star, Belén Cuesta, was also successful on home soil, winning the Best Leading Actress Goya for her roles in La Trinchera Infinita (The Endless Trench). "This has been the role of my life," she told the audience.

The Goya of Honour went this year to another 'Malagueña', Pepa Flores, better known as Marisol, for the character she played in many films as a young girl.

There had been much speculation as to whether she would attend the gala, as she has kept herself out of the public eye for more than 30 years.

In the end, any hopes of an appearance were shattered and her award was picked up by her three daughters, actress María Esteve, singer Celia Flores and Tamara Esteve.

The three daughters of Pepa Flores.

The three daughters of Pepa Flores. / SALVADOR SALAS

The gala, which included performances by local singer Pablo Alborán and British musician Jamie Cullum, was attended by the prime minister, Pedro Sánchez, the president of the Junta de Andalucía, Juanma Moreno, the mayor of Malaga, Francisco de la Torre, and numerous other officials.