Raul Arevalo’s directorial debut Fury of a Patient Man took the top award at the Spanish Film Academy’s Goya Awards ceremony Saturday, even as Juan Antonio Bayona’s A Monster Calls nearly swept the night with nine awards, including the director category.
Bayona’s tale of a boy who faces his mother’s illness with the help of a monster scored on nine of its 12 nominations.
A teary-eyed Bayona, seated next to his twin brother Carlos, celebrated each award for Monster as if it were his first successful film, instead of the third in a highly-acclaimed trilogy centering on the mother-child relationship. Bayona dedicated his award to all who suffer from cancer and to his father, who taught him the transformative power of culture.
Even so, the other big winner of the night, was fresh talent Arevalo, whose decisive triumph was announced by a glamorous Penelope Cruz, and who also took home the best new director award, along with the original screenplay prize.
Pedro Almodovar was on hand to celebrate his lead actress Emma Suarez’s special night, as she walked away with two Goya statues for her roles in his Julieta and La Proxima Piel.
But Almodovar, who will be the first Spaniard to chair the Cannes Film Festival jury in May, didn’t win any of the other six categories in which his film competed.
The gala awards ceremony, which regularly veers political, shied away from controversy this year. The only note of protest came from academy vice president Mariano Barroso, who obliquely addressed the public image of the Spanish film industry as living off subsidies in the official remarks, which he shared with Spanish Film Academy President Yvonne Blake.
“The state earned $30 million (€28 million) more off the sales tax of Spanish cinema than what it will invest in it. We are not a sector that lives off the state,” Barroso said to applause.
A complete list of winners follows.
Fury of a Patient Man
J.A. Bayona for A Monster Calls
Raul Arevalo for Fury of a Patient Man
David Pulido, Raul Arevalo for Fury of a Patient Man
Alberto Rodriguez, Rafael Cobos for Smoke and Mirrors
Fernando Velazquez for A Monster Calls
“Ai, Ai, Ai” by Silvia Perez Cruz for Cerca de tu Casa
Roberto Alamo for May God Save Us
Emma Suarez for Julieta
Manolo Solo for Fury of a Patient Man
Emma Suarez for La proxima piel
Carlos Santos for Smoke and Mirrors
Anna Castillo for El Olivo
Sandra Hermida Muniz for A Monster Calls
Oscar Faura for A Monster Calls
Bernat Vilplana, Jaume Marti for A Monster Calls
Eugenio Caballero for A Monster Calls
Paola Torres for 1898. The End of the Philippines
Makeup and Hair
David Marti, Marese Langan for A Monster Calls
Marc Orts, Oriol Tarrago, Peter Glossop for A Monster Calls
Felix Berges, Pau Costa for A Monster Calls
Psiconautas, los ninos olivdados
El Ciudadano Ilustre by Gaston Duprat, Mariano Cohn
Elle by Paul Verhoeven
Timecode by Juanjo Giemenz Pena
Cabezas Habladoras by Juan Vicente Cordoba
Decorado by Alberto Vazquez