Alejandro Amenabar's international box office hit The Others is up for 15 of Spain's Oscar-equivalent Goya Awards in the 16th annual ceremony to be held February 2, leading a competitive pack of four titles vying for most of the major prizes.
In the list of nominees by the Spanish Cinema Academy unveiled Wednesday in Madrid, The Others was closely trailed by Agustin Diaz Yanes' No News From God (Sin Noticias De Dios) with 13 nominations, Spanish Oscar nominee Mad Love (Juana La Loca) with 12 and Julio Medem's Sundance entry Sex And Lucia (Lucia Y El Sexo) with 11.
The four titles are the only competitors in six categories, including best film, director, original score, photography, editing and sound.
Juan Carlos Fresnadillo's debut feature Intact (Intacto), also selected to screen in Sundance, was nominated in seven categories, including best new director, production design, lead actor (Eusebio Poncela), supporting actor (Antonio Dechent), new actor (Leonardo Sbaraglia), art direction and special effects.
Also competing for best new director are Victor Garcia Leon for More Pain Than Glory (Mas Pena Que Gloria), Carlos Molinero for Savages (Salvajes) and Javier Balaguer for Only Mine (Solo Mia). Best script nods went to The Others, Lucia, No News and comedy Without Shame (Sin Verguenza). Best adapted script nominees include Anita Takes A Chance (Anita No Perd El Tren), The Dutchman's Island (La Isla Del Holandes), Savages and Sound Of The Sea (Son De Mar).
Nominations in the acting categories showed two trends: a handful of non-Spanish actors earned nominations, and two actors (Eduard Fernandez and Paz Vega) were nominated in two different categories for different films.
For his work in Fausto 5.0, Fernandez will compete for best actor against Intact's Poncela, Sergi Lopez (Only Mine) and Tristan Ulloa (Lucia). For his role in Sound Of The Sea, he competes for best supporting actor against Intact's Dechent, Emilio Gutierrez Caba (El Cielo Abierto) and Mexico's Gael Garcia Bernal (No News).
Vega competes for best actress (Only Mine) against Australia's Nicole Kidman (The Others), Pilar Lopez de Ayala (Mad Love) and Victoria Abril (No News). Penelope Cruz, who starred opposite Abril, is noticeably absent from the list. For best new actress, Vega (Lucia) competes against Alakina Mann (The Others), Malena Alterio (El Palo) and Maria Isasi (Savages). Best new actor nods went to James Bentley (The Others), Biel Duran (More Pain), Argetina's Leonardo Sbaraglia (Intact) and Ruben Ochandiano (Broken Silence).
Competing in the newly created best documentary category are Assasination In February (Asesinato En Febrero), Work In Progress (En Construccion), Strangers Unto Themselves (Extranjeros De Si Mismos) and The Children Of Russia (Los Ninos De Rusia).
Candidates for best European film are Amelie, Billy Elliot, Chocolat and Bridget Jones' Diary, and best foreign Spanish-language nominees include Argentina's The Escape (La Fuga), Cuba's Honey For Oshum (Miel Para Oshum), Mexico's Violet Perfume (Perfume De Violetas) and Chile's San Sebastian winner Taxi For Three (Taxi Para Tres).