April 22, 2021

'Champions' snatches the throne to 'The Kingdom' in a Goya with message and without political leaders in the audience

'Champions' snatches the throne to 'The Kingdom' in a Goya with message and without political leaders in the audience

The writers of the 33rd edition of the Goyas promised that Silvia Abril and Andreu Buenafuente they were going to distill white humor. Luckily for all, that has not been what happened tonight at the Palacio de Congresos de Sevilla. Like The kingdom, the winner to the weight of the night, the presenters have had no problem in distributing the attending politicians from left to right (and even extreme right).

The first to receive the dart has been the President of the Government, who has released the mandate as his predecessor: leaving the seat empty. "His excuse has been a rally in Zaragoza, which will be over by now, I say," said Buenafuente. Even his shortest minister, Màxim Huerta, has had the opportunity to distribute a prize. But what the Academy always asks is that the important thing prevails in the cinema party, and of this last the gala has gone over.

As we said, the thriller politician Rodrigo Sorogoyen and Isabel Peña has won seven of the thirteen nominations to which he aspired. "It has been the result of chance," said the director, picking up the last of his big heads. Before, there have been many others including that of supporting actor for Luis Zahera, protagonist for Antonio de la Torre, original script and best director.

But those of The kingdom They have not been the best speeches. That honor belongs to the team of Champions, a film that has taken an unexpected turn to the gala by snatching the grand prize from Sorogoyen. "When we began to immerse ourselves in this project, we talked about intellectual disabled people, after people with disabilities, today, I have the great happiness of noticing a new, much more precise term has been coined: champions," said director Javier Fesser, inviting the whole team to go on stage.

Jesus Vidal has also moved with a speech that deserves a separate chronicle. An example of eloquence and sensitivity, in which the winner for Best Newcomer has appealed to "inclusion, diversity and visibility".

Eva Llorach gets the Goya as a revelation actress in 2018

Eva Llorach gets the Goya as a revelation actress in 2018


In the homologous category, Eva Llorach has fulfilled his dream to be a Frances McDormand at the Oscars and has asked all nominees to stand up. "You are very few", he has shouted with his prize for Who will sing to you in the hands, while claiming more stories for "women from 40, 50 and 60, because we continue to exist, we do not get into a black hole."

The third place on the podium of speeches is held by Arantxa Echevarría, winner of the best novel direction for her romance between two lesbian gypsies. The filmmaker has dedicated the film Carmen and Lola "to those who do not allow to love differently, to those who are not able to put themselves in the shoes of the minority, to those who do not believe that a law of gender-based violence is necessary and to those who think that abortion does not correspond to public health and the gender reassignment. "

A subtle way to appeal without giving promotion to a party that has not been invited to the gala and to which Pedro Almodóvar has directly denied "existence".

Echevarría's film has also won the prize for best actress revelation to Carolina Yuste, who has shown her pride in participating in a project where "70% of the team are women in decision-making positions" and that makes the world "a more healthy place".

Good script and musical momentazos

The general feeling of these Goya is that the Academy has wanted to do justice to many of the films. Hence the prize to The night of 12 years in adapted script, Susi Sánchez for her leading role in The disease on Sunday, and those that have been The man who killed Don Quixote Y The shadow of the law in the technical categories.

Special mention deserves the award to Rome as the best Ibero-American film, which, however expected, has opened a healthy debate that was not raised a year ago. "Cinema is not going to beat television, television does not and must not beat the cinema, this has to be an alliance between winners, we can not face this moment with complexes," said President Mariano Barroso in a speech dedicated to the new platforms. Beside him, a painful emptiness that belongs to Yvonne Blake.

The previous president of the Academy has provoked one of the longest ovations of the gala during the In Memoriam. This year, in addition, the section featured the live piano of James Rhodes, one of the most anticipated presences of the night. Next to him, Rosalia and her massive interpretation of I stay with you, from Los Chunguitos. Amaia has completed it (and its classic amaiazo) performing a remix of all the songs nominated with Rozalén and Judit Neddermann.

The 33rd edition of the Goya will not be remembered as the most feminist, although the gags and speeches have been more spontaneous than those of the past, nor as the most political, although the assistant leaders (and absentees) have received the odd bang. But their musical and human sensibility would well deserve to be passed on to the annals.


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