On the night of Sunday the 17th, millions of Spaniards and Europeans watched the Goya Awards ceremony which concede high honors to the top films, actors, directors, and other professionals of the movie world. The gala event, full of pomp, authenticity, and splurges of humor was hosted by the celebrated comedienne, Eva Hache, who was aided in the presentation of awards by winners from the previous year, 2011.
Because of the connection that Spanish cinema shares with the Cuban populace, I offer a summary of the winners for this Twenty-Seventh edition, corresponding to 2012. The films receiving the greatest number of awards were: “Snow White” with 10 statuettes; “The Impossible” (5); “Unit 7” and the animated feature “Tad the Lost Explorer;” top actor awards went to Maribel Verd, Josí Sacristán, Candela Peía, Joaquin Nuñez, and Concha Velazco, who received the special “Goya de Honor” (highest honor) award.
Detailed recipient list follows:
- Best Film: “Snow White,” directed by Pablo Berger
- Best Director: Juan Antonio Bayona (“The Impossible”)
- Best Actor: Josí Sacristán (“The Dead Man & Being Happy”)
- Best Documentary: “Children of the Clouds: The Last Colony,” directed by Ilvaro Longoria
- Best Animated Feature: “Tad the Lost Explorer,” directed by Enrique Gato
- Best Iberoamerican Film: “John of the Dead,” directed by Alejandro Bruguís
- Best European Film: “Untouchable,” directed by Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache
- Best Hair/Makeup: Sylvie Imbert and Fermín Galán (“Snow White”)
- Best Supporting Actor: Julián Villagrán for “Unit 7”
- Best New Director: Enrique Gato for “Tad the Lost Explorer”
- Best Visual Effects: Pau Costa and Filix Bergís (“The Impossible”)
- Best Cinematography: Kiko de la Rica (“Snow White”)
- Best Actress: Maribel Verdú (“Snow White”)
- Best Adapted Screenplay: Gorka Magallón, Javier Barreira, Ignacio del Moral, Jordi Gasull and Neil Landau (“Tad the Lost Explorer”)
- Best Original Screenplay: Pablo Berger (“Snow White”)
- Best New Actress: Macarena Garcia (“Snow White”)
- Best Production Supervision: Sandra Hermida Muñiz (“The Impossible”)
- Best Sound: Peter Glossop, Marc Orts, and Oriol Tarragó (“The Impossible”)
- Best Original Score: Alfonso de Vilallonga (“Snow White”)
- Best Original Song: “No Te Puedo Encontrar” by Pablo Berger and Chicuelo in “Snow White”
- Goya of Honor (special award): Cocha Velasco
- Best Supporting Actress: Candela Peía (“A Gun in Each Hand”)
- Best Spanish Fictional Short Film: “Aquel No Era Yo”
- Best Documentary Short Film: “A Story for the Modlins”
- Best Animated Spanish Short Film: “The Smoke Vendor”
- Best Editing: Bernat Vilaplana and Elena Ruiz (“The Impossible”)
- Best Costume Design: Paco Delgado (“Snow White”)
- Best Art Direction: Alain Bainíe (“Snow White”)
- Best New Actor: Joaquin Nuñez for “Unit 7”
With its 10 Goyas, “Snow White” was recipient of the Best Film, Best Hair & Makeup, Best Cinematography, Best Actress, Best Original Screenplay, Best New Actress, Best Original Score, Best Original Song, Best Costume Design, and Best Art Direction.
“The Impossible” (5) took home the Goya for Best Director, Best Visual Effects, Best Production Supervision, Best Sound and Best Editing.
“Tad the Lost Explorer” (3) was the recipient of Best Animated Film, Best New Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay Goyas. “Unit 7,” with its two statuettes, achieved honors for Best Supporting Actor as well as the Best New Actor.
Translated by: Luis Pérez-Bodé
18 February 2013