Penelope Cruz
Penelope Cruz

MADRID, Feb 2, 2009 / FW/ — The Goya Awards, the Spanish equivalent of the Oscars bestowed Penelope Cruz Best Supporting Actress and Benicio Del Toro Best Actor Awards.

Upon receiving her award, Penelope Cruz who was clad in a Dior frock said, “I’ve always been a fan of Woody Allen, and that my peers honor me for a Spanish film made by him makes me very happy. Thanks, Woody, for believing in me.”

Puerto Rico-born American actor Benicio Del Toro took the lead actor award for his portrayal of Che Guevara in Steven Soderbergh’s Spanish production “Che: The Argentine.”

But, it was Javier Fesser’s “Camino”, a film that deals with Catholic group Opus Dei’s influence on a terminally ill girl, dominated the Awards. “Camino” won a prize in six of the seven categories in which it was competing, including best film, best director and best actress.

Benicio del Toro
Benicio del Toro

Complete winners list of the 23rd Annual Goya Awards:

  • Film: “Camino”
  • Actress: Carmen Elias, “Camino”
  • Actor: Benicio del Toro, “The Argentine”
  • Director: Javier Fesser, “Camino”
  • European Film: “4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days” (Christian Mungiu, Romania)
  • Foreign Spanish-Language Film: “The Good Life” (Andres Wood, Chile-Spain)
  • Supporting Actress: Penelope Cruz, “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”
  • Supporting Actor: Jordi Dauder, “Camino”
  • Original Screenplay: Javier Fesser, “Camino”
  • Adapted Screenplay: Rafael Azcona, Jose Luis Cuerda, “The Blind Sunflowers”
  • Cinematography: Paco Femenia, “Solo quiero caminar”
  • Original Score: Roque Banos, “The Oxford Murders”
  • Breakthrough Performance, Actor: Juan Manuel Montilla, “Langui”
  • Breakthrough Performance, Actress: Nerea Camacho, “Camino”
  • First-Time Director: Santiago Zannou, “El truco del manco”
  • Live-Action Short Film: “Miente”, Isabel de Ocampo
  • Animated Short Film: “La increible historia del hombre sin sombra”, Jose Esteban Alenda
  • Documentary Short: “Heroes: No hace falta alas para volar”, Angel Loza
  • Costume Design: Lala Huete, “El Greco”
  • Art Direction: Antxon Gomez, “The Argentine”
  • Editing: Alejandro Lazaro, “The Oxford Murders”
  • Sound: Daniel de Zayas, Javier Marin, Maite Rivera, “Before the Fall”
  • Makeup and Hair Design: Jose Quetglas
  • Special Effects: Raul Romanillos, Pau Costa, Jose Quetglas, Eduardo Diaz, Chema Remacha, “Mortadelo and Filemon: Mission Save the Earth”
  • Line Production: Rosa Romero, “The Oxford Murders”
  • Original Song: “A tientas”, El Truco del Manco, Woulfranck Zannou, Juan Manuel Montilla “El Langui”
  • Documentary: “Bucarest, la memoria perdida”, Bausan Films, Minimal Films, TVG
  • Animated Feature: “The Missing Lynx”, Kandor Graphics, Green Moon, Perro Verde
  • Lifetime Achievement: Jesus Franco

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