Spain's Goya Awards: 'The Girls' Named Best Picture

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Salvador Calvo won best director for his Netflix drama 'Adú.'

Pilar Palomero's coming of age drama The Girls has won the 2021 Goya Award for best film, Spain's top film honor.

Palomero, who is a first-time feature director, was also awarded Goyas for best new director and best screenplay for her drama set in a convent school.

Netflix drama Adú was the front-runner leading up to the ceremony with 14 nominations, and director Salvador Calvo was awarded the best director trophy. His sophomore feature follows three interconnected stories all set in Africa. 

The Goya 2021 best film nominees included Ane Is Missing from David Pérez Sañudo, Icíar Bollaín's La boda de Rosa (Rosa's Wedding), and The People Upstairs aka Sentimental, from director Cesc Gay.

In addition to Bollaín, also in the running in the best director category this year were Juanma Bajo Ulloa,  nominated for his horror thriller Baby, and veteran filmmaker Isabel Coixet for It Snows in Benidorm.

Up for best European film at the Goyas were Jan Komasa's Polish drama Corpus Christi, Viggo Mortensen's FallingAn Officer and a Spy from Roman Polanski and Florian Zeller's Brit drama The Father. The latter won the category.

Best Ibero-American film was awarded to Fernando Trueba's Colombian drama Forgotten We'll Be, beating out contenders including Chilean documentary The Mole Agent, Guatemalan horror film La Llorona, and Fernando Frias' Mexican drama I'm No Longer Here, all three of which are on the Oscar shortlist for best international feature film. 

Last year, Pedro Almodóvar’s semi-autobiographical drama Pain and Glory was the big winner at the Goyas, winning seven honors, including for best picture, director, original screenplay and best actor for Antonio Banderas.

The 2021 Goya Awards were held via a live-streamed ceremony from the Teatro del Soho CaixaBank in Málaga on Saturday, March 6.  The Málaga-born Banderas directed this year's award ceremony and presented the 35th Goya Awards together with Spanish journalist María Casado.

Here is the full 2021 Goya Award winners:

Best Film

The Girls

Best Director

Salvador Calvo (Adú)

Best New Director

Pilar Palomero (The Girls)

Best Original Screenplay

Pilar Palomero for The Girls 

Best Actress

Patricia López Arnaiz for Ane is Missing 

Best Actor

Mario Casas for Cross the Line 

Best Supporting Actress

Nathalie Poza for La boda de Rosa

Best Supporting Actor

Alberto San Juan (Sentimental)

Best New Actress

Jone Laspiur (Ane)

Best New Actor

Adam Nourou (Adú)

Best Original Screenplay

Pilar Palomero (The Girls)

Best Adapted Screenplay

David Pérez Sañudo, Marina Parés Pulido (Ane)

Best Production Design

Ana Parra, Luis Fernández Lago (Adú)

Best Cinematography

Daniela Cajías (The Girls)

Best Editing

Sergio Jiménez (The Year of the Discovery)

Best Art Direction

Mikel Serrano (Akelarre)

Best Costume Design

Nerea Torrijos (Akelarre)

Best Makeup and Hair Design

Beata Wotjowicz, Ricardo Molina (Akelarre)

Best Sound

Eduardo Esquide, Jamaica Ruíz García, Juan Ferro, Nicolas de Poulpiquet (Adú)

Best Special Effects

Mariano García Marty, Ana Rubio, (Akelarre)

Best Original Music

Aránzazu Calleja, Maite Arroitajauregi (Akelarre)

Best Original Song

“Que no, que no,” (María Rozalén for Rosa’s Wedding)

Best Animated Feature

Turu, the Wacky Hen (Eduardo Gondell, Víctor Monigote)

Best Documentary

The Year of the Discovery (Luis López Carrasco)

Best Ibero-American Film

Forgotten We’ll Be (Fernando Trueba, Colombia)

Best European Picture

The Father (Florian Zeller, U.K., France)

Best Live Action Short Film

A la cara (Javier Marco)

Best Documentary Short

Biography of a Woman’s Corpse (Mabel Lozano)

Best Animated Short Film

Blue & Malone: Casos imposibles (Abraham López Guerrero)

Honorary Goya

Angela Molina