Winners of the Goya awards. EFE
Glamour on the blue carpet for big night of Spanish film

Glamour on the blue carpet for big night of Spanish film

Seville's congress centre was the venue for this year's Goya awards ceremony, as Spanish-French co-production As Bestas stole the show



Friday, 17 February 2023, 14:02


The blue carpet was rolled out at the congress centre in Seville on Saturday night for this year's Goya ceremony, Spain's equivalent of the Oscars, awarded by the Spanish film academy.

The evening began with several favourites vying for one of the statuettes in the form of a bust of the 18th century painter Francisco de Goya (chosen as the pictorial concept of his work is considered close to that of film).

The outstanding winner of the night was the Spanish-French co-production As Bestas (The Beasts in Galician) which picked up the Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Supporting Actor and Best Original Script, among others.

However, perhaps even more greatly anticipated by the general public than the awards themselves was the arrival of the stars of the Spanish film industry, with the usual glitz and glamour of an event of this kind.

Two Oscar-winners caught much of the cameras' attention: French actress Juliette Binoche, there to receive the International Goya; and Penélope Cruz, well known at home and in Hollywood. Just as sparkling, though, were the rest of the guests who paraded into the gala that rewarded the flourishing Spanish film industry.

Sad tribute

This year's Goya ceremony was marked by sadness following the death the previous day of Carlos Saura. The 91-year-old film director was the recipient of this year's Goya of Honour for his long career of filmmaking dating back to the 1950s.

Just a few days ago, the president of the Spanish film academy visited Saura at his home near Madrid to give him his award personally, as he was to be represented at the gala by his family. On Saturday, just hours after his death, his widow and two children still took to the stage and accepted his Goya amid an emotional tribute.

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