The ongoing coronavirus pandemic forced major changes to Spain's annual film academy awards last Saturday night (6 March) in Malaga.
Only around 30 guests walked the red carpet to join the host Antonio Banderas and co-presenter María Casado in person for the 35th edition of the Goyas that took place in the Malaga actor’s Teatro del Soho Caixabank.
In his opening speech Banderas, the director of the gala, referenced the difficult year that the film industry had faced with many cinemas closed to the public due to the pandemic. But he recalled that the awards ceremony was being held in what was the first cinema in Malaga – the Pacualini – in a building that was destroyed by a bomb but was later reborn as a theatre and cinema. "This little story contains a metaphor that can give us a very simple key to face life: fall and get up," offered Banderas.
Among those who did make an appearance in person in Malaga were director Pedro Almodóvar, actress Penélope Cruz and actor Antonio de la Torre who were amongst those announcing nominees – who were sitting in the comfort of their own homes and connected to Malaga virtually.
The only recipient there in the flesh to collect her Honorary Goya award was actress Ángela Molina.
Despite the complexity of the telematic ceremony it went at great speed and with few technical glitches. It ended on time - something that has never been seen before - and was probably the shortest gala of the last decade.
Akelarre (Coven) won the most Goya 2021 awards, with five. Las Niñas (Schoolgirls) won Best Film, as well as Best Original Screenplay, Best New Director, and Best Cinematography. Adú also won four awards, most notably Best Director and Best New Actor.
Goya 2021 award winners
Best Film: Las Niñas
Best Director: Salvador Calvo – Adú
Best Actor: Mario Casas – No Matarás
Best Actress: Patricia López Arnaiz – Ane
Best Supporting Actor: Alberto San Juan – Sentimental
Best Supporting Actress: Nathalie Poza – La Boda de Rosa
Best New Actor: Adam Nourou – Adú
Best New Actress: Jone Laspiur – Ane
Best Original Screenplay: Las Niñas – Pilar Palomero
Best Adapted Screenplay: Ane – David Pérez Sañudo and Marina Parés Pulido
Best Spanish Language Foreign Film: El Olvido que Seremos (Colombia)
Best European Film: El Padre
Best New Director: Pilar Palomero – Las Niñas
Best Animated Film: La Gallina Turuleca
Best Cinematography: Las Niñas – Daniela Cajías
Best Editing: El Año del Descubrimiento – Sergio Jiménez
Best Art Direction: Akelarre – Mikel Serrano
Best Production Supervision: Adú – Ana Parra and Luis Fernández Lago
Best Sound: Adú – Eduardo Esquide, Jamaica Ruíz García, Juan Ferro and Nicolas de Poulpiquet
Best Special Effects: Akelarre – Mariano García Marty and Ana Rubio
Best Costume Design: Akelarre – Nerea Torrijos
Best Makeup and Hairstyles: Akelarre – Beata Wotjowicz and Ricardo Molina
Best Original Score: Akelarre – Aránzazu Calleja and Maite Arroitajauregi
Best Original Song: "Que no, que no" by María Rozalén – Rosa's Wedding
Best Fictional Short Film: A la Cara
Best Animated Short Film: Blue & Malone: Casos Imposible
Best Documentary Film: El Año del Descubrimiento
Best Documentary Short Film: Biografía del Cadáver de Una Mujer