Agusti Villaronga's 'Black Bread' Tops Spain's Goya Awards
MADRID -- Agusti Villaronga's Black Bread won by a landslide at the 25th Goya Awards ceremony late Sunday, walking away with nine prizes, including top film and director.
The childhood-focused post-Spanish Civil War drama also saw Nora Navas take the best actress honor and the two child actors, Francesc Colomer and Marina Comas, win for promising acting.
Javier Bardem won his fifth Goya for his role in Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's Spanish-Mexican co-production Biutiful, for which he has received his third nomination for an Academy Award.
Seated next to his beaming mother rather than his wife, Penelope Cruz -- who gave birth to their first son Jan. 22 -- Bardem opted to come to the Goyas instead of the BAFTAs to thank his homies.
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"I receive it as a warm hug and support from my colleagues, which is the most important for an actor," Bardem said. "I dedicate it to my wife and son for awakening my heart and smile everyday."
Spanish director Rodrigo Cortes saw his rising star shine as he picked up the Goya for his work editing Buried even though he didn't take home the director or best film honors.
While Spanish Academy president Alex de la Iglesia's The Last Circus, which had snagged 15 nominations and seemed a favorite, only won a couple of technical awards, the cult director was trumpeted a hero by throngs that gathered outside the Royal Theater, where the gala was held.
Almost more than the top prizes, attendees and TV viewers eagerly awaited de la Iglesia's speech -- a farewell and call to unity, following his resignation earlier this month in protest of the culture minister's deal-brokering to pass a controversial anti-download law.
The very public falling-out between de la Iglesia and culture minister, former academy president and friend Angeles Gonzalez-Sinde, heightened the drama of the evening.
Presenter Andreu Buenafuente even congratulated de la Iglesia on the effective publicity ploy early in the evening.
More than 200 protesters pelted academy members with eggs as they entered the ceremony -- except de la Iglesia -- and a protester snuck in and jumped onstage in the pregnant pause before the best actor award was announced.
But de la Iglesia, who sat next to Gonzalez-Sinde throughout the evening, dedicated his speech to reaffirming his decision to leave and calling for unity and vision in the film industry.
"It may seem that we arrived to this day separately, but we are in the same thing, which is to defend cinema," de la Iglesia said. "Let's not be afraid of Internet because Internet is the salvation of our cinema. We will only beat the future if we are the ones who change and move forward."
The King's Speech, which took the top honors at the BAFTA ceremony earlier in the evening in London, won the European Film prize, while Matias Bize's La Vida de los Peces won the Latin American prize.
The ceremony, predicted to surpass last year's record-breaking 4.65 million viewers audience figures, ironed out any kinks from previous years to offer an entertaining show -- with a singing act featuring Luis Tosar, comedy routine with actress Maribel Verdu and current Spanish heartthrob presenters like Mario Casas.
A complete list of winners can be found on the next page.