Pedro Almodovar's All About My Mother (Todo Sobre Mi Madre) looks set to sweep the Goya Awards, Spain's answer to the Oscars, in an already auspicious award season for the director.

Almodovar's 13th film grabbed fourteen Goya nominations and is tipped to win several top categories. Competing with Mother for best film and best direction are Jose Luis Cuerda's Butterfly's Tongue (La Lengua De Las Mariposas), which took 13 nominations, Benito Zambrano's surprise hit debut Alone (Solas), with 11 nominations, and Gracia Querejeta's By My Side Again (Cuando Vuelvas A Mi Lado), which walked away with seven nods.

Zambrano also competes for best new director alongside Mateo Gil (Nobody Knows Anybody), Maria Ripoll (The Man With Rain In His Shoes) and Miguel Bardem (The Ugliest Woman In The World). Carlos Saura's aesthetic Goya In Bourdeaux received 10 nominations, largely technical credits, although lead Paco Rabal is a strong contender for best actor. The ceremony will be held this year in Barcelona on January 29.