2018 Goya Awards

The Bookshop and Giant have good night in Spain

by Amber Wilkinson

The Bookshop
The Bookshop
Isabel Coixet's The Bookshop was the big winner at the Goya Awards (the Spanish equivalent of the Oscars) last night.

The film, which adapts Penelope Lively's tale of a widow who opens a book store in a small town, took home the prizes for best film, best director and best adapted screenplay. It is only the second time an English language film has been named best picture - with Coixet making it a double after 2006's The Secret Life Of Words.

Also winning multiple prizes on the night was Basque film Giant (Handia), directed by Aitor Arrewgi and Jon Garano, which picked up awards for Javier Agirre Erauso's cinematography, Pascal Gaigne's score and a new actor performance award for Eneko Sagardoy as the titular character among a host of other technical gongs.

The best first feature went to Carla Simon's autobiographical Summer 1993 (Estiu 1993) - Spain's foreign language Oscar nominee. It also scooped two acting prizes - best supporting actor for David Verdaguer and the new actress award for Bruna Cusi, who play an uncle and aunt who adopt their young niece after the death of her mum from AIDS complications.

Javier Gutiérrez was named best actor for his turn as a frustrated wannabe writer in The Motive (El Autor), while Adelfa Calvo won the supporting actress prize for her scene-stealing turn as a gossipy building supervisor in the same film. Nathalie Poza was named best actress for Can't Say Goodbye (No Se Decir Adios).

The full list of winners is below:

Best Film - The Bookshop Best Director - Isabel Coixet for The Bookshop

Best New Director Carla Simon for Summer 1993

Best Original Screenplay - Aitor Arregi, Andoni de Carlos, Jon Garano, Jose Maria Goenaga for Giant

Best Adapted Screenplay - Isabel Coixet for The Bookshop

Best Original Score - Pascal Gaigne for Giant

Best Original Song - Leiva” by Alexi Delano for Holy Camp! (La Llamada)

Best Actor - Javier Gutierrez for The Motive (El Autor)

Best Actress - Nathalie Poza for Can't Say Goodbye (No Se Decir Adios)

Best Supporting Actor - David Verdaguer for Summer 1993 (Estiu 1993)

Best Supporting Actress - Adelfa Calvo for The Motive (El Autor)

Best New Actor - Eneko Sagardoy for Giant

Best New Actress - Bruna Cusí for Summer 1993 (Estiu 1993)

Production Design - Ander Sistiago for Giant

Cinematography - Javier Agirre for Giant

Editing - Laurent Dufreche, Raul Lopez for Giant

Artistic Director - Mikel Serrano for Giant

Wardrobe - Saioa Lara for Giant

Makeup and Hair - Ainhoa Eskisabel, Olga Cruz, Gorka Aguirre for Giant

Sound - Aitor Berenguer for Veronica

Special Effects - David Heras, Jon Serrano for Giant

Animated Feature - Tad The Lost Explorer And The Secret Of King Midas (Tadeo Jones 2: El secreto del Rey Midas), by David Alonso and Enrique Gato

Documentary Feature - Lots Of Kids, A Monkey And A Castle (Muchos Hijos, Un Mono y Un Castillo), by Gustavo Salmerón

Ibero-American Film A Fantastic Woman by Sebastian Lelio

European Film - The Square by Ruben Ostlund

Fiction Short - Madre by Rodrigo Sorogoyen

Documentary Short - Los Desheredados by Laura Ferrées

Animated Short - Woody & Woody by Jaume Carrio

Honorary Goya - Marisa Paredes

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