'Alatriste,' 'Volver' top noms for Goya award

'Labyrinth,' 'Salvador' close behind

MADRID -- Agustin Diaz Yanes' historical adventure "Alatriste" and Pedro Almodovar's "Volver" are leading the pack for Spain's top film prize, the Goya awards, with 15 and 14 nominations respectively, organizers announced Monday.

The two films will go head-to-head in the best film and director categories along with Guillermo del Toro's fantasy tale "Pan's Labyrinth," which earned 13 nominations, and Manuel Huerga's "Salvador." The homage to Catalan anarchist Salvador Puig Antich earned 11 noms.

"Volver," Spain's entry for the foreign-language Oscar, and "Pan's Labyrinth," Mexico's offering, are considered serious contenders for the Oscar short list.

Almodovar and Del Toro also will compete for best original script, along with Daniel Sanchez Arvalo for "DarkBlueAlmostBlack" and Jorge Sanchez Cabezudo for "The Night of the Sunflowers."

Antonio Banderas received a nomination for his adapted screenplay of "Summer Rain" and will compete with "The Education of Fairies" writer-director Jose Luis Cuerda, "Salvador" writer Lluis Arcarazo and "Alatriste's" Diaz Yanes.

Penelope Cruz, who reaped accolades in Cannes for her performance in "Volver," will compete against "Pan's" Maribel Verdu, "DarkBlueAlmostBlack's" Marta Etura and "La Dama Boba's" Silvia Abascal for the best actress nod.

"Volver" dominates the supporting actress category, where the female-driven film's Carmen Maura, Blanca Portillo and Lola Duenas will compete alongside Ariadna Gil of "Alatriste."

Two non-Spanish actors, "Alatriste's" Viggo Mortenssen and Daniel Bruhl ("Salvador"), will face off with "Pan's" Sergi Lopez and "Leave Me" star Juan Diego for the best male lead honor.

The new director category includes Carlos Iglesias for "Un Franco, 14 Pesetas," Daniel Sanchez Arevalo for "DarkBlueAlmostBlack," Javier Rebollo for "What I Know about Lola" and Jorge Sanchez Cabezudo for "The Night of the Sunflowers."

"Copying Beethoven," "Scoop," "The Queen" and "The Wind that Shakes the Barley" will vie for best European film, while Bolivia's "American Visa," Argentina's "Las Manos," Chile's "En La Cama" and Colombia's "Sonar no Cuesta Nada" will do the same for best Spanish-language foreign film.

The Goya ceremony takes place the last weekend in January.