Camino (2008): Winner of Goya (Spanish Oscar) Awards

Javier Fesser’s “Camino,” swept film and director, original screenplay and actress (Carmen Elias) kudos Sunday night at the 23rd Goya Awards, Spain’s Oscars.

A film about Opus Dei fundamentalism, “Camino” received six citations.

The Goya event developed through its prizes and presenters into a celebration of Spain’s international talent, and its production of a growing bevy of international films. Penelope Cruz won supporting actress for Woody Allen’s “Vicky Cristina Barcelona.”

Benicio del Toro took actor for the first part of Soderbergh’s “Che,” “The Argentine,” another Spanish production.

Paz Vega presented actress, and other presenters included Nacho Vigalondo, director of “Timecrimes,” and Juan Antonio Bayona, who helmed “The Orphanage,” both now optioned for U.S. remakes.

Accepting her award, Cruz expressed her delight at winning for a Woody Allen film, which was also a Spanish production.  She dedicated the prize to two figures of Spanish cinema who died in 2008, screenwriter Rafael Azcona and director-actor Fernando Fernan-Gomez.  She told the press later that she would try to prepare her speech more if she won the supporting actress Oscar Award.

Del Toro thanked Sean Penn for helping to promote “Che” in the U.S.

The Winners:

“Camino,” Mediapro and Peliculas Pendelton

Carmen Elias, “Camino”

Benicio del Toro, “The Argentine”

Javier Fesser, “Camino”

European film
“4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days” (Christian Mungiu, Romania)

Foreign Spanish-language film
“The Good Life” (Andres Wood, Chile-Spain)

Supporting actress
Penelope Cruz, “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”

Supporting actor
Jordi Dauder, “Camino”

Original screenplay
Javier Fesser, “Camino”

Adapted screenplay
Rafael Azcona, Jose Luis Cuerda “The Blind Sunflowers”

Paco Femenia, “Solo quiero caminar”

Original score
Roque Banos, “The Oxford Murders”

Breakthrough performance, actor
Juan Manuel Montilla “Langui”

Breakthrough performance, actress
Nerea Camacho, “Camino”

First-time director
Santiago Zannou, “El truco del manco”

Live-action short film
“Miente,” Isabel de Ocampo

Animated short film
“La increible historia del hombre sin sombra,” Jose Esteban Alenda

Documentary short
“Heroes: No hace falta alas para volar,” Angel Loza

Costume design
Lala Huete, “El Greco”

Art direction
Antxon Gomez, “The Argentine”

Alejandro Lazaro, “The Oxford Murders”

Daniel de Zayas, Javier Marin, Maite Rivera, “Before the Fall”

Makeup and hair design
Jose Quetglas

Special Effects
Raul Romanillos, Pau Costa, Jose Quetglas, Eduardo Diaz, Chema Remacha, “Mortadelo and Filemon: Mission Save the Earth”

Line production
Rosa Romero, “The Oxford Murders”

Original song
“A tientas,” El Truco del Manco, Woulfranck Zannou, Juan Manuel Montilla “El Langui”

“Bucarest, la memoria perdida” Bausan Films, Minimal Films, TVG

Animated feature
“The Missing Lynx,” Kandor Graphics, Green Moon, Perro Verde

Lifetime achievement
Jesus Franco