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Antonio Banderas to host 2021 Goya awards gala at his own Malaga theatre

Antonio Banderas and María Casado.
Antonio Banderas and María Casado. / SUR
  • This will be the second year running that the event is held in the city, although next year's will be in front of a much smaller audience

Local actor Antonio Banderas is to stage the 2021 Goya awards ceremony (Spain's equivalent of the Oscars) in his own Soho Caixabank theatre in Malaga next February. The gala will be hosted by Banderas himself along with presenter and journalist María Casado, who now runs the Teatro Soho TV production company.

This will be the second year running that Malaga hosts the event, after the 2020 gala was held in the Martín Carpena sports arena with more than 3,000 guests. Banderas was one of the stars of the show then, winning the Best Actor award.

His offer for 2021 has been taken up by the Spanish Film Academy after the Covid-19 pandemic forced it to look for a smaller venue for an event complying with safety regulations.