Goya Awards: 'Fury of a Patient Man' Takes Top Prize as 'A Monster Calls' Nearly Sweeps With 9 Prizes

4:05 PM 2/4/2017

by Pamela Rolfe

The gala awards ceremony, which regularly veers political, shied away from controversy this year.

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Raul Arevalo’s directorial debut Fury of a Patient Man took the top award at the Spanish Film Academy’s Goya Awards ceremony on Saturday, even as Juan Antonio Bayona’s A Monster Calls nearly swept the night with nine awards, including in the director category.

Bayona's tale of a boy who faces his mother’s illness with the help of a monster had received 12 nominations.

A teary-eyed Bayona, seated next to his twin brother Carlos, celebrated each award for Monster as if it were his first successful film, instead of the third in a highly acclaimed trilogy centering on the mother-child relationship. The helmer dedicated his award to all who suffer from cancer and to his father, who taught him the transformative power of culture.

Even so, the other big winner of the night was fresh talent Arevalo, whose decisive triumph was announced by a glamorous Penelope Cruz, and who also took home the best new director award, along with the best original screenplay prize.

Pedro Almodovar was on hand to celebrate his lead actress Emma Suarez’s special night, as she walked away with two Goya statuettes for her roles in his pics Julieta and La Proxima Piel. But the filmmaker, who will be the first Spaniard to chair the Cannes Film Festival jury in May, didn’t win in any of the six other categories in which his film competed.

The gala awards ceremony, which regularly veers political, shied away from controversy this year. The only note of protest came from Academy vice president Mariano Barroso, who obliquely addressed the public image of the Spanish film industry as living off subsidies in the official remarks, which he shared with Spanish Film Academy president Yvonne Blake.

“The state earned $30 million more off the sales tax of Spanish cinema than what it will invest in it. We are not a sector that lives off the state,” Barroso said to applause.

A complete list of winners follows.

Fury of a Patient Man

J.A. Bayona for A Monster Calls

New Director
Raul Arevalo for Fury of a Patient Man

Original Screenplay
David Pulido, Raul Arevalo for Fury of a Patient Man

Adapted Screenplay
Alberto Rodriguez, Rafael Cobos for Smoke and Mirrors

Original Score
Fernando Velazquez for A Monster Calls

Original Song
"Ai, Ai, Ai" by Silvia Perez Cruz for Cerca de tu Casa

Lead Actor
Roberto Alamo for May God Save Us

Lead Actress
Emma Suarez for Julieta

Supporting Actor
Manolo Solo for Fury of a Patient Man

Supporting Actress
Emma Suarez for La proxima piel

New Actor
Carlos Santos for Smoke and Mirrors

New Actress
Anna Castillo for El Olivo

Production Design
Sandra Hermida Muniz for A Monster Calls

Oscar Faura for A Monster Calls

Bernat Vilplana, Jaume Marti for A Monster Calls

Artistic Director
Eugenio Caballero for A Monster Calls

Paola Torres for 1898. The End of the Philippines

Makeup and Hair
David Marti, Marese Langan for A Monster Calls

Marc Orts, Oriol Tarrago, Peter Glossop for A Monster Calls

Special Effects
Felix Berges, Pau Costa for A Monster Calls

Animated Feature
Psiconautas, los ninos olivdados

Documentary Feature
Fragil Equilibrio

Ibero-American Film
El Ciudadano Ilustre by Gaston Duprat, Mariano Cohn

European Film
Elle by Paul Verhoeven

Fiction Short
Timecode by Juanjo Giemenz Pena

Documentary Short
Cabezas Habladoras by Juan Vicente Cordoba

Animated Short
Decorado by Alberto Vazquez

Honorary Goya
Ana Belen