Spain's Oscar-equivalent Goya Awards will introduce a new best documentary prize alongside its usual line-up of awards for this year's 16th annual edition, to be held February 2.
A film's classification as documentary will be decided by its producer(s), though competitors will still be eligible to opt for awards in the remaining categories.
Goya nominations will be unveiled December 19, more than a month after the November 12 nomination by the Spanish Film Academy for the best foreign language film category of Hollywood's Academy Awards. Earlier this year the Spanish Academy rewrote the rules on the voting process for the Oscar nomination, adding an earlier announcement of three finalists, to be read on October 22, with the stated goal of garnering publicity for additional films.
Director Jose Luis Garci was nominated out of Spain last year with period drama You're The One, following the previous year's win for Pedro Almodovar's All About My Mother (Todo Sobre Mi Madre).
Last year's top winner at the Goyas was Achero Manas, whose Tesela Producciones-backed drama Pellet (El Bola) won best film, best new director, best original script and best new actor (for child star Juan Jose Ballesta).