The Spanish Film Academy has honoured Daniel Monzon’s popular prison drama Cell 211 with a massive 16 nominations for this year’s Goya awards, followed by Agora with 13, and nine apiece for The Dancer And The Thief and The Secret In Their Eyes.
The fact that these four films dominate the nominations, making up the entire best film and best director categories, comes as no surprise as three of them have already proved huge successes at the Spanish box office, particularly Alejandro Amenabar’s historical epic Agora ($30m). Fernando Trueba’s The Dancer And The Thief, has been selected as Spain’s entrant for the foreign-language Oscar.
“These are sensible nominations as they have proven their worth at the box office,” agrees Juan Gordon at Morena Films, the producers of Cell 211, which has been hugely praised by the Spanish film industry and critics for its professional look and quality acting, particularly from Luis Tosar as the leader of a prison riot.
Amenabar said at the ceremony in the Academy building that it had been “a great year for Spanish cinema” and was quick to push the worth of his fellow nominees, Agora co-scriptwriter Mateo Gil and lead actress Rachel Weisz.
Other notable nominees include Daniel Sanchez Arevalo’s comedy Gordos, starring Raul Arevalo and Antonio de la Torre, which picked up eight nominations, Sigrid Monleon’s drama El Consul De Sodema and Pedro Almodovar’s Broken Embraces (both five), Alvaro Pastor and Antonio Naharro’s Yo, Tambien (four), Jorge Blanco and Javier Abad’s animation Planet 51 (two) and only one nomination for Jaume Balaguero and Paco Plaza’s popular horror [Rec] 2, Steven Soderbergh’s Che: Part 2 and Francis Ford Coppolla’s Tetro.
Key Goya nominations
The Dancer And The Thief
The Secret In Their Eyes
Alejandro Amenábar Ágora
Juan José Campanella The Secret In Their Eyes
Daniel Monzón Cell 211
Fernando Trueba The Dancer And The Thief
Best Original Script
Alberto Rodríguez Librero, Rafael Cobos After
Mateo Gil, Alejandro Amenábar Ágora
Daniel Sánchez Arévalo Gordos
Pedro Almodóvar Broken Embraces
Best Adapted Script
Daniel Monzón, Jorge Gerricaechevarría Cell 211
Fernando Trueba, Antonio Skarmeta, Jonás Trueba The Dancer And The Thief
Joaquín Górriz, Miguel Dalmau, Sigfrid Monleón, Miguel Ángel Fernández El cónsul De Sodoma
Eduardo Sacheri, Juan José Campanella The Secret In Their Eyes
Ricardo Darín The Secret In Their Eyes
Antonio de la Torre Gordos
Jordi Mollá El Cónsul De Sodoma
Luis Tosar Cell 211
Penélope Cruz Broken Embraces
Lola Dueñas Yo, También
Maribel Verdú Tetro
Rachel Weisz Ágora
Best New Director
David Panell La Vergüenza
Borja Cobeaga Pagafantas
Mar Coll Tres Días Con La Familia
Antonio Naharro, Álvaro Pastor Yo, También