A night of glamour planned for Goya film awards in Malaga despite Covid restrictions

Some of the nominated films.
Some of the nominated films. / SUR
  • Big names such as Al Pacino, Robert De Niro and Helen Mirren will appear via video link

The ongoing pandemic restrictions will not dull the sparkle of this year’s Goya Awards in Malaga, and host Antonio Banderas has revealed that some thirty special guests will join him and co-presenter María Casado in person on Saturday (6 March).

The ceremony, which will be the 35th edition of the Goyas (Spain's annual film academy awards), takes place in the Teatro del Soho Caixabank owned by Banderas and among those set to make an appearance on the red carpet are Pedro Almodóvar, Penélope Cruz and Antonio de la Torre. Hollywood stars such as Robert De Niro, Helen Mirren and Al Pacino will attend the event virtually, the organisers announced this week.

Also set to make an appearance are the directors Alejandro Amenábar and Juan Antonio Bayona and Malaga-born actors Belén Cuesta, Daniela Santiago, María Barranco and Maggie Civantos.

The hybrid format has been organised by Banderas and Casado and the nominees will connect virtually while the winner of the prize for which they have been selected is announced. Recipients will then be able to give their victory speech from the comfort of their own home. However, actress Ángela Molina will be there in the flesh to collect her Honorary Goya award.

Banderas revealed months ago that a swathe of international stars would appear virtually, and the full list was announced on Wednesday. This line-up will also include Ricardo Darín, Laura Dern, Dustin Hoffman, Salma Hayek, Isabelle Huppert, Sylvester Stallone, Monica Bellucci, Charlize Theron, Benicio del Toro and Emma Thompson in addition to De Niro, Mirren and Al Pacino.

In addition, more information has been revealed about the musical accompaniment for the event. The Malaga Symphony Orchestra conducted by Arturo Díez Boscovich will perform some of the works of Ennio Morricone.

Also involved will be Argentine singer Nathy Peluso, Catalan star Aitana and Malaga’s own Vanesa Martín.

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