Juan Antonio Bayona's 'A Monster Calls' Leads Goya Award Nominations

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'A Monster Calls'

Pedro Almodovar’s 'Julieta' will vie for the top prize before competing as Spain’s bid for the foreign-language Oscar.

Pedro Almodovar’s Julieta and Juan Antonio Bayona’s A Monster Calls will compete at the Goya Awards ceremony on Feb. 4 in what could turn out to be a face-off between a unique historic talent and Spain’s newest wonderkid with an special eye for fantasy.

Almodovar and Bayona will vie with Alberto Rodriguez’s Smoke and Mirrors, Rodrigo Sorogoyen’s May God Save Us and Raul Arevalo’s The Fury of a Patient Man for the best film award, with all but Arevalo repeating in the top director category. Arevalo will make a run for the new director award with his helming debut.

Bayona’s tale of a boy who faces his mother’s illness with the help of a monster scored nominations in 12 of the 28 categories, while Smoke and Fury each snagged 11 noms.

Julieta — Spain’s bid for the foreign-language film Oscar — weighed in with seven nominations, including adapted screenplay for Almodovar and original score for his longtime composer, Alberto Iglesias. 

Two-time Goya winner Bayona, in Hawaii to shoot Jurassic World 2, told Spanish daily El Pais, “I noticed a lot of compassion from the profession for this film, even more than for my previous films.”

The filmmaker said he didn’t agree with the Spanish academy’s rule that lead actor candidates must be 15 years old to be considered for the acting honor, effectively eliminating most of his child protagonists, including Lewis MacDougall, who starred alongside Felicity Jones and Sigourney Weaver, who snagged a supporting actress nomination for her role as the boy’s grandmother.

“I’ve always been against that rule. If we demand the same effort as anyone else, why can’t we reward them as anyone else?” Bayona said in a telephone interview with El Pais.

Penelope Cruz received a nomination for her lead role in Fernando Trueba’s The Queen of Spain, boycotted by moviegoers due to the director’s comments made earlier this year. But it was Arevalo’s Fury that garnered the most attention in the Spanish industry. The actor-turned-director not only snagged 11 nominations and landed alongside Spanish cinema’s greats, but did so without the deep pockets of either of the private networks that finance most of Spain’s biggest hits, Telecinco and Atresmedia.

A complete list of nominations is below. 

Best Film
Smoke and Mirrors
Julieta
May God Save Us
Fury of a Patient Man
A Monster Calls

Director
Alberto Rodirguez for Smoke and Mirrors
Pedro Almodovar for Julieta
Rodirgo Sorogoyen for May God Save Us
J.A. Bayona for A Monster Calls

New Director
Salvador Calvo for 1898. The End of the Philippines
Marc Crehuet for El Rey Tuerto
Nely Reguera for Maria (and the Others)
Raul Arevalo for Fury of a Patient Man

Original Screenplay
Jorge Guerricaechevarria for To Steal From a Thief
Paul Laverty for El Olivo
Isabel Pena, Rodrigo Sorogoyen for May God Save Us
David Pulido, Raul Arevalo for Fury of a Patient Man

Adapted Screenplay
Alberto Rodriguez, Rafael Cobos for Smoke and Mirrors
Pedro Almodovar for Julieta
Fernando Perez, Paco Leon for Kiki, el amor se hace
Patrick Ness for A Monster Calls

Original Score
Julio de la Rosa for Smoke and Mirrors
Pascal Gaigne for El Olivo
Alberto Iglesias for Julieta
Fernando Velazquez for A Monster Calls

Original Song
"Descubriendo India" by Luis Ivars for Bollywood Made in Spain
"Ai, Ai, Ai" by Silvia Perez Cruz for Cerca de tu Casa
"Muerte" by Zeltia Montes for Fragil Equilibrio
"Kiki" by Mr. K! Featuring Nita, Alejandro Acosta, Crstina Monjon, David Borras Paronella, Marc Pena Rius and Paco Leon for Kiki, el amor se hace

Lead Actor
Eduard Fernandez for Smoke and Mirrors
Roberto Alamo for May God Save Us
Antonio de la Torre for Fury of a Patient Man
Luis Callejo for Fury of a Patient Man

Lead Actress
Emma Suarez for Julieta
Carmen Machi for La Puerta Abierta
Penelope Cruz for The Queen of Spain
Barbara Lennie for Maria (and the Others)

Supporting Actor
Karra Elejalde for 100 Meters
Javier Gutierrez for El Olivo
Javier Pereira for May God Save Us
Manolo Solo for Fury of a Patient Man

Supporting Actress
Candela Pena for Kiki, el amor se hace
Emma Suarez for La proxima piel
Terele Pavez for La puerta abierta
Sigourney Weaver for A Monster Calls

New Actor
Ricardo Gomez for 1898. The End of the Philippines
Rodrigo de la Serna for To Steal From a Thief
Carlos Santos for Smoke and Mirrors
Raul
Jimenez for Fury of a Patient Man

New Actress
Silvia Perez Cruz for Cerca de tu Casa
Anna Castillo for El Olivo
Belen Cuesta for Kiki, el amor se hace
Ruth Diaz for Fury of a Patient Man

Production Design
Carlos Bernases for 1898. The End of the Philippines
Manuela Ocon for Smoke and Mirrors
Pilar Robla for The Queen of Spain
Sandra Hermida Muniz for A Monster Calls

Photography
Alex Catalan for 1898. The End of the Philippines
Jose Luis Alcaine for The Queen of Spain
Arnau Valls Colomer for Fury of a Patient Man
Oscar Faura for A Monster Calls

Editing
Jose M.G. Moyano for Smoke and Mirrors
Alberto del Campo, Fernando Franco for May God Save Us
Angel Hernandez Zoido for Fury of a Patient Man
Bernat Vilplana, Jaume Marti for A Monster Calls

Artistic Director
Carlos Bodelon for 1898. The End of the Philippines
Pepe Dominguez del Olmo for Smoke and Mirrors
Juan Pedro de Gaspar for The Queen of Spain
Eugenio Caballero for A Monster Calls

Wardrobe
Paola Torres for 1898. The End of the Philippines
Lala Huete for The Queen of Spain
Cristina Rodriguez for Don’t Blame Karma for What Happens When You Are a Jerk
Alberto Valcarcel, Cristina Rodriguez for Fury of a Patient Man

Makeup and Hair
Alicia Lopez, Milu Cabrer, Pedro Rodriguez for 1898. The End of the Philippines
Yolanda Pina for Smoke and Mirrors
Ana Lopez-Puigcerver, David Marti, Sergio Perez Berbel for Julieta
David Marti, Marese Langan for A Monster Calls

Sound
Eduardo Esquide, Juan Ferro, Nicolas de Poulpiquet for 1898. The End of the Philippines
Cesar Molina, Daniel de Zayas, Jose Antonio Manovel for Smoke and Mirrors
Nacho Royo-Villanova, Sergio Teston for Ozzy
Marc Orts, Oriol Tarrago, Peter Glossop for A Monster Calls

Special Effects
Carlos Lozano, Pau Costa for 1898. The End of the Philippines
David Heras, Raul Romanillos for Gernika. The Movie
Eduardo Diaz, Reyes Abades for Julieta
Felix Berges, Pau Costa for A Monster Calls

Animated Feature
Ozzy
Psiconautas, los ninos olivdados
Teresa eta Galtzagorri (Teresa y Tim)

Documentary Feature
2016. Born in Syria
El Bsoco. El jardin de los suenos
Fragil Equilibrio
Omega

Ibero-American Film
Anna by Jacques Toulemonde
Desde Alla by Lorenzo Vigas
El Ciudadano Ilustre by Gaston Duprat, Mariano Cohn
Las Elegidas by David Pablos

European Film
Genius by Michael Grandage
The Son of Saul by Laszlo Nemes
Elle by Paul Verhoeven
I, Daniel Blake by Ken Loach

Fiction Short
Bla, Bla, Bla by Alexis Morante
En la Azotea by Damia Serra
Graffiti by Lluis Quilez Sala
La Invitacion by Susana Casares
Timecode by Juanjo Giemenz Pena

Documentary Short
Cabezas Habladoras by Juan Vicente Cordoba
Esperanza by Alvaro Longoria
Palabras de Caramelo by Juan Antonio Moreno Amador
The Resurrection Club by Alvaro Corcuera, Guillermo Abril

Animated Short
Darrel by Alan Carabantes Person, Marc Briones Piulachs
Decorado by Alberto Vazquez
Made in Spain by Coke Rioboo
Uka by Valle Comba Ca

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