The Spanish Academy Awards or the Goya Awards is the most important event in Spanish cinema and will take place on 14th February 2010. this will be its 24th edition.
It looks like this year, the Academy has wanted to bet on blockbuster movies in Spain, such as Alejandro Amenábar’s ‘Agora’, with box office receipts of 21 million Euros and which is nominated for 13 Goya, or the prison drama ‘Cell 211’ (Daniel Monzón), which has achieved receipts of almost 10 million Euros, a really profitable project, considering it only cost 3 million Euros. This one is the most nominated film, with 16. Following closely behind, we have ‘The dancer and the thief’ and ‘The secret in their eyes’, with nine nominations each.
Among the actresses lined up for Best Actress in a Leading Role, is Maribel Verdú, who gets with her role in Coppola’s ‘Tetro’ her seventh nomination, becoming the second most nominated Spanish performer, after Victoria Abril. Verdú will compete with Penélope Cruz, who also has an Oscar nomination for her role in the musical ‘Nine’, the British actress Rachel Weisz (‘Agora’) and Lola Dueñas (‘Me too’).
Regarding the nomination of actors, there’s no doubt that the name which is on everybody’s lips is Luís Tosar, for his amazing performance of Mala Madre, an uncommon convict who leads a riot in ‘Cell 211’. On the other hand, director Isabel Coixet must be very disappointed to know that her film ‘Map of the sounds of Tokyo’ has only one nomination for Best Sound.
The show, which coincides with Valentine’s Day, will be hosted by Andreu Buenafuente and will be broadcasted live on TVE and without any commercial breaks. If you are going to visit the Spanish capital, book Apartments in Madrid and keep that day for yourself to watch this great event in Spanish cinema.