Oscar 2006: Volver Wins Best Picture Goya (Spanish Oscar)

Jan 29, 2007–Pedro Almodovar’s Volver received best film, actress (Penelope Cruz), original score (Alberto Iglesias) and supporting actress (Carmen Maura).

Almodovar quit the Academy in 2005 after “Bad Education” went home from that year’s Goyas empty-handed. He didn’t attend this year’s ceremony, claiming he’s too nervous at such events.

But a radiant Penelope Cruz and Pedro’s brother and producer Agustin Almodovar were there to accept best director and picture prizes for him.

Otherwise, the night largely belonged to Guillermo del Toro and “Pan’s Labyrinth,” which was co-produced by Spanish broadcaster Telecinco with Mexico’s Tequila Gang and New York’s Esperanto.

“Labyrinth” took seven Goyas, echoing Oscar nominations with Goya nods for original screenplay (Del Toro), cinematography (Guillermo Navarro) and makeup (David Marti and Montse Ribe).

Daniel Sanchez-Arevalo’s debut “Darkbluealmostblack” took three Goyas, including best first feature.

Best actor was another tough battle, won by vet Spanish thesp Juan Diego for his memorable performance as a neurotic, self-centred actor in Victor Garcia Leon’s “Vete de mi.” Two of his rivals – Viggo Mortensen (“Alatriste”) and German Daniel Bruehl (“Salvador”) were present at the Goyas.

The seven Goyas for Del Toro’s “Labyrinth,” plus best animation for “Hairy Tooth Fairy,” directed by Argentinian Juan Pablo Buscareni, are signs that Spanish cinema, is becoming more international.

The Goyas Winners

PICTURE: “Volver”

ACTRESS: Penelope Cruz, “Volver”

ACTOR: Juan Diego, “Vete de mi”

DIRECTOR: Pedro Almodovar, “Volver”

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: Guillermo del Toro, “Pan’s Labyrinth”

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: Lluis Arcarazo, “Salvador”

FIRST-TIME DIRECTOR: Daniel Sanchez Arevalo, “Darkbluealmostblack”

EUROPEAN FILM: “The Queen,” Stephen Frears, U.K.-France-Italy

FOREIGN SPANISH-LANGUAGE FILM: “Las manos,” Alejandro Doria, Argentina

SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Carmen Maura, “Volver”

SUPPORTING ACTOR: Antonio de la Torre, “Darkbluealmostblack”

BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE, ACTOR: Quim Gutierrez, “Darkbluealmostblack”

BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE, ACTRESS: Ivana Baquero, “Pan’s Labyrinth”

ANIMATED FEATURE: “The Hairy Tooth Fairy,” Juan Pablo Buscareni

ART DIRECTION: Benjamin Fernandez, “Alatriste”

CINEMATOGRAPHY: Guillermo Navarro, “Pan’s Labyrinth”

LINE PRODUCTION: Cristina Zumarraga, “Alatriste”

DOCUMENTARY SHORT: “Castanuela 70, el teatro prohibido,” Manuel Calvo and Olga Margallo

ANIMATED SHORT FILM: “El viaje de Said,” Coke Rioboo

LIVE-ACTION SHORT FILM: “A ciegas,” Salvador Gomez Cuenca

VISUAL EFFECTS: David Marti, Montse Ribe, Reyes Abades, Everet Burrell, Eduard Irastorza and Emilio Ruiz, “Pan’s Labyrinth”

COSTUME DESIGN: Francesca Sartori, “Alatriste”

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE: “Cineastas en accion,” Carlos Benpar

FILM EDITING: Bernat Villaplana, “Pan’s Labyrinth”

SOUND: Miguel Polo and Martin Hernandez, “Pan’s Labyrinth”

ORIGINAL SCORE: Alberto Iglesias, “Volver”

ORIGINAL SONG: “Tiempo Pequeno,” from “The Education of a Fairy,” by Bebe and Lucio Godoy

MAKEUP AND HAIR DESIGN: Jose Quetglas and Blanca Sanchez, “Pan’s Labyrinth”

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT: Teddy Villalba