Happy returns for 'Volver': 5 Goya nods

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Pedro Almo-dovar's "Volver" walked away with five top honors at the 21st Goya Awards ceremony Sunday, leaving rivals "Alatriste," "Pan's Labyrinth" and "Salvador" to divvy up the remainder of the prizes (HR 1/29).

Despite the fact that "Volver" snagged several key awards, including film, director, actress, original score and supporting actress, Spain's most international director was not on hand to receive his award, instead opting to stay home. Almo-dovar had a falling out with the Spanish film academy in 2005 over the treatment of his film "Bad Education" and hasn't attended a gala ceremony since.

Even so, "Volver" star Penelope Cruz was the undisputed queen of the night.

Upon receiving her Goya award for best actress for the role of a single mother in "Volver," an emotional Cruz thanked Almo-dovar.

"With him and with (the role of) Raimunda, I've lived the best moments of my life," said a teary-eyed Cruz, who admitted she would go straight to see the director upon leaving the ceremony.

Later in the evening, she reappeared to accept Almo-dovar's directorial award for "Volver," his 16th feature film.

Guillermo del Toro, whose Oscar-nominated "Labyrinth" had been nominated for 13 awards, took home seven statues and managed to snag the original screenplay nod as well as the new actress nod for Ivana Baquero.

The actor honor went to veteran Spanish thespian Juan Diego for "Vete de Mi."

A complete list of winners is at www.hollywoodreporter.com.
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