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Almodovar's Skin leads nominees for Spain's Goya awards

Urbizu’s No Rest For the Wicked garners 14 nods.

Pedro Almodovar’s The Skin I Live In leads the race for Spain’s Goya awards with 16 nominations.

Enrique Urbizu’s No Rest For The Wicked follows closely with 14, building on its success at San Sebastian and at the local box office.

Benito Zambrano’s The Sleeping Voice (La voz dormida) and Mateo Gil’s Blackthorn both received 11 nominations, and all four of those titles were nominated for best film. All four directors are also nominated for best director.

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Urbizu is also the favorite for Best Original Script (with Michel Gaztambide) and Jose Coronado is expected to win as actor for this film. Antonio Banderas (Skin), Luis Tosar (Sleep Tight) and Daniel Brühl (Eva) are also up for best actor.

The Skin I Live In might easily win for Best Actress (Elena Anaya); Adapted Script (Almodovar) and Cinematography (José Luis Alcaine).

The big surprise has been the 12 nominations for science fiction robotic fantasy Eva. Kike Maillo is expected to win as best new director and Lluís Homar as best supporting actor. The film opened in Venice with rave reviews.

Alex de la Iglesia’s La chispa de la vida (with nominations for Salma Hayek as leading actress and Jose Mota as new actor); Daniel Sánchez Arevalo’s Cousinhood (best supporting actor and new actor); and Iciar Bollain’s Katmandu (Best Actress, Verónica Echegui, and Adapted Screenplay, Paul Laverty); Juan Carlos Fresnadillo’s Intruders (Best Supporting Actress for Pilar López de Ayala) and Sleep Tight (Best Actor for Luis Tosar) were expected to have better results.

Lars von Trier’s Melancholia; Roman Polanski’s Carnage; Michel Hazanavicius’ The Artist and Cary Fukunaga’s Jane Eyre compete for Best European Film. Violeta Went To Heaven (Andres Wood); Miss Bala (Gerardo Naranjo); Ticket to Paradise (Gerardo Chijona) and Chinese Take Away (Sebastián Borensztein) compete for Best Latin American film. 

The awards will be announced in a ceremony Feb 19.

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