Madrid Basks In Goya Film Award Wins

The Madrid regional premier, Isabel Diaz Ayuso, has been meeting some of the winners of the Spanish Film Academy´s 2021 Goya Awards to highlight the role the regional government´s support has played for the success of Madrid based film production companies.

The Madrid for Goya initiative saw 11 nominations for productions that were supported with financial grants totalling over €3.3 million Euros.

This year’s awards were held in Valencia and saw a Javier Bardem win best actor and Cate Blanchett win the film academy´s first International Goya Award.

Spanish superstar, Bardem, won his seventh Goya for his role in Fernando León de Aranoa’s workplace satire, El Buen Patrón (‘The Good Boss’), which won six awards, including best film, best director and best original screenplay.

He, as well as his equally famous wife, Penelope Cruz, are hoping for a marital sweep of the Oscars next month in Los Angeles.

The best actress went to Blanca Portillo for her performance as Maixabel Lasa (in Maixabel), the real-life widow of former Basque Country governor Juan Mari Jauregui who agreed in 2011 to meet the ETA terrorist who killed her husband.

The Goya Awards are Spain’s main national annual film awards and date back to 1987 after the founding of the Academy of Cinematographic Arts and Sciences which were celebrated at the Lope de Vega Theatre in Madrid.

Madrid winners included Best Short Documentary – Tótem Loba and Best Animation – The Monkey.


  • BEST FILM:  El Buen Patrón
  • BEST DIRECTOR: Fernando León de Aranoa (El Buen Patrón)
  • BEST NEW DIRECTOR: Clara Roquet (Libertad)
  • BEST ACTRESS: Blanca Portillo (Maixabel)
  • BEST ACTOR: Javier Bardem (El Buen Patrón)
  • BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS:  Nora Navas (Libertad)
  • BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Urko Olazabal (Maixabel)
  • BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: Fernando León de Aranoa (El Buen Patrón)
  • BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: Daniel Monzón & Jorge Guerricaechevarría (Las Leyes de la Frontera)
  • BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: Kiko de la Rica (‘Mediterráneo: The Law of the Sea’)
  • BEST ORIGINAL MUSIC: Zeltia Montes (El Buen Patrón)
  • BEST ORIGINAL SONG: Te espera el mar (María José Llergo for ‘Mediterráneo: The Law of the Sea’)
  • BEST NEW ACTOR: Chechu Salgado (Las Leyes de la Frontera)
  • BEST NEW ACTRESS: María Cerezuela (Maixabel)
  • BEST ANIMATED FEATURE: Valentina (Chelo Loureiro)
  • BEST IBERO-AMERICAN FILM: La Cordillera de los Sueños (Patricio Guzmán, Chile)
  • BEST EUROPEAN FILM: Otra Ronda (Thomas Vinterberg, Denmark)
  • BEST DOCUMENTARY: Quién lo impide (Jonás Trueba)
  • HONORARY GOYA:  José Sacristán
  • BEST LIVE-ACTION SHORT FILM: Verónica Echegui (Tótem loba)
  • BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM: The Monkey (Lorenzo Degl’Innocenti, Xosé Zapata)
  • BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT: Mamá (Pablo de la Chica)
  • BEST EDITOR: Vanessa Marimbert (El Buen Patrón)
  • BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN: Albert Espel & Kostas Sfakianakis (‘Mediterráneo: The Law of the Sea’)
  • BEST COSTUME DESIGN: Vinyet Escobar (Las Leyes de la Frontera)
  • BEST ART DIRECTION: Balter Gallart (Las Leyes de la Frontera)
  • BEST SOUND: Daniel Fontrodona, Oriol Tarragó, Marc Bech & Marc Orts (Tres)
  • BEST MAKE-UP AND HAIR DESIGN: Sarai Rodríguez, Benjamín Pérez & Nacho Díaz (Las Leyes de la Frontera)
  • BEST SPECIAL EFFECTS: Pau Costa, Laura Pedro (“Way Down”)


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