Police thriller Marshland dominated the 29th Goya Awards in Spain on Saturday night (07Feb15) by sweeping the board with 10 accolades, including Best Film.
The movie earned Alberto Rodriguez Best Director and Best Screenplay with Rafael Cobos, Lead Actor for Javier Gutierrez and New Actress for Nerea Barros, among others.
Carlos Vermut's Magical Girl earned Barbara Lennie the Lead Actress honour, Dani Rovira was named New Actor for A Spanish Affair and his co-stars Carmen MAChi and Karra Elejalde took the supporting prizes.
Daniel Monzon's El Nino entered the 2015 Goya Awards with 16 nominations, but emerged with just four technical wins.
Meanwhile, Antonio Banderas was feted with the Honorary Goya by his longtime pal and early collaborator Pedro Almodovar, who recalled working with the actor on five films in the 1980s.
The director told the crowd, "I met him just after he arrived in Madrid, and I am grateful he deposited in my hands all his talent, without fear, without prejudices, without a parachute. The eyes of my male leads were always Antonio's. And he lit the theatres on fire."
Accepting the prestigious title at the Spanish equivalent of the Oscars, The Mask of Zorro star said, "Everything I have I owe to my profession. I owe not just what I have, but what I am...
"I've known how to survive the subjectivities (sic) of time. But you should know that every time I finished a shot or a sequence, my mind was always focused on Spain, not on Phoenix or Cleveland (in America). I was thinking how it would be viewed in Spain... and more importantly in (his native) Malaga."
He concluded the touching speech by dedicating the Goya Award to "the person who has paid the most" for his career success, his daughter Stella Carmen, with estranged wife Melanie Griffith. The Hollywood couple split in June (14) after 18 years of marriage.
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