A case of the 'Blind' leading the Goyas


Jose Luis Cuerda's post-Spanish Civil War drama "The Blind Sunflowers" leads the pack for the 23rd Goya Awards with 15 nominations, including all of the main categories.

The movie will vie for best film with Javier Fesser's "Camino," Alex de la Iglesia's English-language whodunit "Oxford Crimes" and Agustin Diaz Yanes' drama "I Just Want to Walk."

"Sunflowers," starring Maribel Verdu and Javier Camara, also received noms in the lion's share of technical categories, including wardrobe, editing, makeup and sound.

Fesser's "Camino," which portrays the dying days of a young girl in the bosom of a religious Catholic family, took seven nominations, including best film, director, original script — written by Fesser — and new actress, for the young Nerea Camacho.

Elijah Wood and John Hurt failed to snag a nomination for their turns in "Crimes," but the movie also grabbed a nom for its adapted script by de la Iglesia and Jorge Guerricaechevarria.

Penelope Cruz will compete for the best supporting actress statue for her role as Javier Bardem's wife in Woody Allen's "Vicky Cristina Barcelona," the only nomination for that film. (partialdiff)