February 02, 2009 08:40:07 GMT
Javier Fesser's 'Camino' swept the 23rd Goya Awards, collecting six kudos, while Benicio del Toro and Penelope Cruz each won Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress respectively.
Winners of the 23rd Annual Goya Awards, Spain's equivalent of the Academy Awards, have been announced on Sunday, February 1 and "Camino" has come up as the big winner. The Javier Fesser's film about a young girl's death, her mother's staunch Catholic beliefs and the Church's effort to canonize the girl collected six awards, including the coveted prize, Best Film.
Apart from the Best Film prize, the movie also brought home kudos for director and writer Javier Fesser as the fimmaker was awarded with Best Director and Best Original Screenplay. Additionally, its actresses, Carmen Elias and Nerea Camacho, and actor Jordi Dauder have been hailed Best Actress, Breakthrough Actress and Best Supporting Actor in respective order.
Benicio del Toro and Penelope Cruz have also scored an award each. del Toro won the Best Actor title for his performance in "The Argentine", while Cruz was hailed Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Maria Elena in "Vicky Cristina Barcelona". Upon receiving her award, Cruz 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."
The gala ceremony of the 23rd Goya Awards was broadcast on pubcaster Radio Television Espanola's first channel, on a one-hour delay.
Complete winners list of the 23rd Annual Goya Awards: