Antonio Banderas to Win Honorary Goya Award in Spain

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Homegrown hero heralded for his career on both sides of the Atlantic

The Spanish Film Academy announced Monday that it will honor Antonio Banderas with an honorary Goya Award for it what it called a “stellar career on both sides of the Atlantic.” The presentation will take place next February at Spain’s premiere film gala in Madrid.

The academy’s board of directors unanimously voted to award the Spanish star the honor for having “developed a versatile trajectory as an actor, have shown his own point of view as a director and having immersed himself in the role of producer to support national values.”

Calling him a hometown-Malaga boy “without borders,” the academy said it applauded his career punctuated by “risks and commitment.”

Banderas, who reached stardom in some of the most emblematic roles in Pedro Almodovar’s earlier works like Tie Me Up, Tie me Down, Labyrinth of Passion, Matador, Law of Desire and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.

The Spanish actor has also forged a successful career in Hollywood with films like Zorro, Shrek, Philadelphia, Desperados and Interview with a Vampire.

Banderas, who has directed Crazy in Alabama and Summer Rain, recently returned to Spain with his latest Spanish project, the apocalyptic science fiction Automata, which he presented at the San Sebastian International Film Festival.

Banderas is presently filming Hugh Hudson’s The Master of Altamira alongside Rupert Everett and Golshifteh Farahani for production house Morena Films with Atresmedia.