"You do not know what you have done." Jesús Vidal, 43 years old, was surprised to see the Goya as the best revelation actor for his work in Champions, by Javier Fesser. And thus began one of the most memorable moments of the night of Spanish cinema. Vidal spoke excitedly, his voice trembling, and with an uncommon simplicity at a gala, he was not alone in thanking the award ("What a thrill! Thank you very much"); He also put it in value: "Lords of the AcademyThey have distinguished an actor with a disability, they do not know what they have done. Now I can only think of three words: inclusion, diversity and visibility. What emotion I feel! "
He was referring to the distribution of Champions, where many of his classmates share with him the disability (visual in his case). Such a prize not only validates Vidal's work, it also gives him unique visibility. To show the public how far a disabled actor can go and to show the disabled that they can reach the general public. "Comrades, without your freshness, without your spontaneity, your talent, this would not have been possible," he stressed.
And he ended up thanking Javier Fesser, director of the film. "For making me a better person and actor," he said. To finish, he took one of the phrases of the film – "I would not want a son like you" – and, addressing his parents, he made it his own: "I would also like to have a son like me, to have parents like you".
Jesús Vidal has won the Best Newcomer for Champions award. His thank-you speech, in which he has mentioned all his companions, his family and all the people who helped him on his way, has thrilled all the attendees of these # Goya2019. pic.twitter.com/MivPTTQa3R
– Goya Awards (@PremiosGoya) February 2, 2019