The stars shone – virtually – for Spain's Goya film academy awards in Malaga

Malaga's Antonio Banderas co-hosted the gala from his Soho Caixabank Theatre.
Malaga's Antonio Banderas co-hosted the gala from his Soho Caixabank Theatre. / SUR
  • The ceremony and number of guests in person were scaled down because of the pandemic and the cinema award recipients gave their winners' speeches via video links from the comfort of their homes

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.

Co-presenter María Casado with host Antonio Banderas.

Co-presenter María Casado with host Antonio Banderas. / SUR

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