Gonzalez-Sinde tops Spain's film academy


MADRID -- Spanish director and screenwriter Angeles Gonzalez-Sinde was elected president of Spain's film academy Sunday, with directors Enrique Urbizu and Manuel Gomez Pereira acting as vice presidents.

Gonzalez-Sinde's father, Jose Maria Gonzalez-Sinde, was a founding member of the academy and its first president.

The election took place a day before the nominations for the academy's Goya Awards were announced and just before the inauguration of the organization's new headquarters in an historic building in Madrid.

The academy has weathered a tough few years, with vacancies in its top positions and the high-profile departures of Oscar winners Pedro Almodovar and Jose Luis Garci over differences with the organization.