'Soledad' takes top nods at Goyas


MADRID -- Jaime Rosales' Festival de Cannes entry "La Soledad" walked away from the Spanish Film Academy's Goya Awards ceremony with the top honors, but the night undoubtedly belonged to Juan Antonio Bayona's directorial debut, "The Orphanage."

Rosales took home the Goya for director, beating Gracia Querejeta for "Siete mesas de billar frances," Emilio Martinez-Lazaro for "13 roses" and Iciar Bollain for "Mataharis."

"We live in a frenetic society, and that is time that we are stealing from our children," Rosales said.

His film focusing on loneliness and what he called "polyvision" triumphed over "Roses," "Seven Billiards Tables" and "Orphanage" for Spain's top honor of the night.

"The richness of our cinema is in its diversity, and I dedicate this award to the people that are just starting out in cinema," said Wanda Vision president Jose Maria Morales, producer of "Soledad."

But Bayona's haunting tale of a woman's return to the orphanage where she lived as a child -- distributed in the U.S. by Picturehouse -- crowned its winning trot around the globe throughout 2007's festival season with seven statues, including best new director, original screenplay, production design, artistic director, makeup and hair, sound and special effects.

Querejeta's "Billiards" was hands-down the winner in actress performances, giving Maribel Verdu her first acting Goya after four previous unsuccessful nominations -- including for last year's for "Pan's Labyrinth."

The lead actor nod went to Alberto San Juan for his part in "Bajo las Estrellas," which also gave Felix Viscarret the adapted screenply award.

"Roses" was the biggest disappointment, only managing to snag original score, photography, supporting actor and wardrobe.

Despite his inability to attend the ceremony because of his U.S. Oscar campaign for "No Country for Old Men," Spanish actor Javier Bardem's presence was felt Sunday night as "Invisibles," the documentary he produced about the work of Doctors Without Borders, won for its category. Presenter Jose Carbacho closed with a tribute to Bardem's role in the Coen brothers film.

The Spanish film academy, which hands out the prestigious awards, made a conscientious effort to glamorize the event and shorten it, deciding to delay the televised broadcast by 30 minutes to cut down the speeches. The gala, which also has been hijacked by political interests in the past years and had seen its ratings plummet, was noticeably apolitical.

A complete list of winners follows:

Film - "La Soledad" directed by Jaime Rosales, produced by Wanda Vision

Director - Jaime Rosales for "La Soledad"

New Director - Juan Antonio Bayona "The Orphanage"

Original Screenplay - Sergio Sanchez for "The Orphanage"

Adapted Screenplay - Felix Viscarret for "Bajo las Estrellas'

Original Score - Roque Banos for "13 Roses"

Original Song - "Fado da Saudade" by Fernando Pinto do Amaraland Carlos Do Carmo for "Fados"

Production Design - Sandra Hermida for "The Orphanage"

Photography - Jose Luis Alcaine for "The 13 Roses"

Editing - David Gallart for "Rec"

Lead Actor - Alberto San Juan for "Bajo las Estrellas"

Supporting Actor - Jose Manuel Cervino for "The 13 Roses"

New Actor - Jose Luis Torrijo for "La Soledad"

Lead Actress - Maribel Verdu for "Siete Mesas de Billar Frances"

Supporting Actress - Amparo Baro for "Siete mesas de Billar frances"

New Actress - Manuela Velasco for "Rec"

Artistic Director - Josep Rosell for "The Orphanage"

Wardrobe - Lena Mossum for "13 Roses"

Makeup and Hair - Lola Lopez and Itziar Arrieta for "The Orphanage"

Sound - Xavi Mas, Marc Orts, Oriol Tarrago for "The Orphanage"

Special Effects - David Marti, Montse Ribe, Pau Costa, Enric Masp, Lluis Castells and Jordi San Agustin for "The Orphanage"

Animated Film - "Nocturna, una aventura magica" directed by Victor Maldonado and Adria Garcia

Documentary Feature - "Invisibles," directed by Isabel Coixet, Wim Wenders, Fernando Leon de ARanoa, Mariano Barroso and Javier Corcuera

Spanish-language Foreign Film - "XXY" directed by Lucia Puenzo (Argentina)

Fiction Short - "Salvador (Historia de un Milagro Cotidiano)" directed by Abdelatif Abdeselam

Animated Short - "Tadeo Jones y El Sotano Maldito" directed by Enrique Gato Borregan

Documentary Short - "El Hombre Feliz" directed by Isabel Lucina Gil Marquez