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Goya Awards: Corrupt Cop Tops + Woody Allen Wins WGA & Bodil Nominee Lars von Trier

Jose Coronado No Rest for the Wicked
No Rest for the Wicked with José Coronado

Pedro Almodóvar didn't have much luck at the Spanish Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Goya Awards this evening in Madrid: Almodóvar's The Skin I Live In won a total of four Goyas, but none for its director/writer. Starring Antonio Banderas as a plastic surgeon, Elena Anaya as his captive woman, and Jan Cornet as the good-looking young man whom the doctor blames for the death of his daughter, the sex-bending mystery melodrama won Goyas for Best Actress (Anaya), Best New Actor (Cornet), Best Original Music (Alberto Iglesias, his tenth Goya win), and Best Make-Up/Hair. (See further below the full list of Premios Goya winners and nominations.)

Instead of the internationally renowned (and BAFTA winner) The Skin I Live In, the 2012 Goyas' big winner was Enrique Urbizu's No habrá paz para los malvados / No Rest for the Wicked, the story of a murderous, corrupt cop. No Rest for the Wicked won Goyas for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (José Coronado), Best Original Screenplay (Urbizu and Michel Gaztambide – instead of Woody Allen for Midnight in Paris), Best Film Editing (Pablo Blanco), and Best Sound (Licio Marcos de Oliveira and Ignacio Royo-Villanova).

Other major Goya winners were Ignacio Ferreras' Wrinkles, winner for Best Animated Feature and Best Adapted Screenplay (Ferreras, Ángel de la Cruz, Paco Roca, Rosanna Cecchini) for its story set in a health-care facility for the elderly; the Spanish Civil War drama The Sleeping Voice's Ana Wagener and María León as, respectively, Best Supporting Actress and Best New Actress; and Lluís Homar as Best Supporting Actor for the futuristic psychological drama Eva, which also won Goyas for Best Special Effects and for Best New Director Kike Maíllo.

The Best Feature Documentary was Isabel Coixet's filmed interview with judge Baltasar Garzón, Listening to Judge Garzón. Garzón became the target of right-wingers in Spain and elsewhere after issuing an international warrant for the arrest of Chile's former military dictator Augusto Pinochet and for considering pressing charges against former members of the George W. Bush government for condoning and abetting torture at Guantanamo. Additionally, he also declared as “crimes against humanity” the acts of brutality committed during Francisco Franco's military regime. Earlier this month, Garzón was convicted by the Spanish Supreme Court for illegally wire-tapping the conversation of suspects with their lawyers.

Filmmaker Josefina Molina, 75, who has made a handful of shorts and feature films in the last four decades, was the Honorary Goya recipient. Molina, sick in bed with the flu, was unable to attend the ceremony.

And finally, Michel Hazanavicius' silent comedy-drama The Artist was the Best European Film, while Sebastián Borensztein's Argentinean tale of prejudice and compassion, Un cuento chino / Chinese Take-Away, was the Best Foreign Film in the Spanish Language.

As for Pedro Almodóvar, he has had a troubled relationship with the Spanish Academy. As a writer-director, he has been nominated for a total of fifteen Goyas, winning twice as Best Director – for All About My Mother (1999) and Volver (2006) – and once for Best Original Screenplay, for Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988). Even so, he resigned from the Academy in 2005 following the resounding defeat of Bad Education.

At the 2010 Goya Awards ceremony, Almodóvar attended as a surprise Best Picture presenter and was warmly received. He had been reluctant to go, but explained that Academy president Álex de la Iglesia finally convinced him to be a presenter by telling him, “You don't like this [sort of] ceremony, but in about three weeks you'll be in Hollywood presenting the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.” Almodóvar didn't know how to respond to that. “And so, here I am.”

Presenters at the 2012 Premios Goya ceremony included Victoria Abril, Belén Rueda, Eduardo Noriega, Carlos Saura, and Salma Hayek.

Elena Anaya Antonio Banderas The Skin I Live In
Elena Anaya, Antonio Banderas, The Skin I Live In

Best Film
La Piel que habito / The Skin I Live In, Pedro Almodóvar
* No habrá paz para los malvados / No Rest for the Wicked, Enrique Urbizu
La Voz dormida / The Sleeping Voice, Benito Zambrano
Blackthorn. Sin destino / Blackthorn, Mateo Gil

Best Foreign Film in the Spanish Language
Boleto al paraíso (Cuba), Gerardo Chijona
Miss Bala (Mexico), Gerardo Naranjo
* Un cuento chino / Chinese Take-Away (Argentina), Sebastián Borensztein
Violeta se fue a los cielos (Chile), Andrés Wood

Best European Film
Jane Eyre (United Kingdom), Cary Joji Fukunaga
Melancholia (Germany / Denmark / France), Lars von Trier
* The Artist (France), Michel Hazanavicius
Carnage (France), Roman Polanski

Best Director
Pedro Almodóvar, The Skin I Live In
Benito Zambrano, The Sleeping Voice
* Enrique Urbizu, No Rest for the Wicked
Mateo Gil, Blackthorn

Best New Director
Paula Ortiz, De tu ventana a la mía
* Kike Maíllo, Eva
Paco Arango, Maktub
Eduardo Chapero-Jackson, Verbo

Best Original Screenplay
Miguel Barros, Blackthorn
Martí Roca, Sergi Belbel, Cristina Clemente, and Aintza Serra, Eva
Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
* Enrique Urbizu and Michel Gaztambide, No Rest for the Wicked

Best Adapted Screenplay
* Ángel de la Cruz, Ignacio Ferreras, Paco Roca and Rosanna Cecchini, Arrugas / Wrinkles
Icíar Bollaín, Katmandu: un espejo en el cielo
Pedro Almodóvar, The Skin I Live In
Benito Zambrano and Ignacio del Moral, The Sleeping Voice

Best Cinematography
* Juan Antonio Ruiz Anchía, Blackthorn
Arnau Valls Colomer, Eva
José Luis Alcaine, The Skin I Live In
Unax Mendía, No Rest for the Wicked

Best Editing
David Gallart, Blackthorn
Elena Ruiz, Eva
José Salcedo, The Skin I Live In
* Pablo Blanco, No Rest for the Wicked

Best Original Score
Lucio Godoy, Blackthorn
Evgueni Galperine and Sacha Galperine, Eva
* Alberto Iglesias, The Skin I Live In
Mario de Benito, No Rest for the Wicked

Best Original Song
"Debajo del limón,” Paula Ortiz, Pachi García “Alis", from De tu ventana a la mia
* “Nana de la hierbabuena,” Carmen Agredano, The Sleeping Voice
"Nuestra playa eres tu,” Jorge Pérez Quintero, Borja Jiménez Mérida, Patricio Martín Díaz, Maktub
"Verbo,” Pascal Gaigne, Ignacio Fornés “Nach,” Verbo

Best Production Supervision / Line Producer
* Andrés Santana, Blackthorn
Toni Carrizosa, Eva
Toni Novella, The Skin I Live In
Paloma Molina, No Rest for the Wicked

Best Art Direction
* Juan Pedro de Gaspar, Blackthorn
Laia Colet, Eva
Antxón Gómez, The Skin I Live In
Antón Laguna, No Rest for the Wicked

Best Costume Design
* Clara Bilbao, Blackthorn
Paco Delgado, The Skin I Live In
María José Iglesias García, The Sleeping Voice
Patricia Monné, No Rest for the Wicked

Best Make-Up and Hair
Ana López-Puigcerver and Belén López-Puigcerver, Blackthorn
Concha Rodríguez and Jesús Martos, Eva
* Karmele Soler, David Martí and Manolo Carretero, The Skin I Live In
Montse Boqueras, Nacho Díaz and Sergio Pérez, No Rest for the Wicked

Best Sound
Daniel Fontrodona, Marc Orts and Fabiola Ordoyo, Blackthorn
Jordi Rossinyol, Oriol Tarragó and Marc Orts, Eva
Iván Marín, Marc Orts and Pelayo Gutiérrez, The Skin I Live In
* Licio Marcos de Oliveira and Ignacio Royo-Villanova, No Rest for the Wicked

Best Special Effects
* Arturo Balseiro and Lluís Castells, Eva
Raúl Romanillos and David Heras, Intruders
Reyes Abades and Eduardo Díaz, The Skin I Live In
Raúl Romanillos and Chema Remacha, No Rest for the Wicked

Antonio Banderas/Elena Anaya/The Skin I Live In photo: Llúcia Faraig / El Deseo / Sony Pictures Classics

Salma Hayek As Luck Would Have It Fernando Tejero
Fernando Tejero, Salma Hayek, As Luck Would Have It

Best Actor
Daniel Brühl, Eva
Antonio Banderas, The Skin I Live In
Luis Tosar, Mientras duermes
* José Coronado, No Rest for the Wicked

Best Actress
Verónica Echegui, Katmandu: un espejo en el cielo
* Elena Anaya, The Skin I Live In
Inma Cuesta, The Sleeping Voice
Salma Hayek, La Chispa de la vida / As Luck Would Have It

Best Supporting Actor
Juan Diego, 23-F: la película
* Lluís Homar, Eva
Juanjo Artero, No Rest for the Wicked
Raúl Arévalo, Cousins

Best Supporting Actress
Goya Toledo, Maktub
Maribel Verdú, De tu ventana a la mía
Pilar López de Ayala, Intruders
* Ana Wagener, The Sleeping Voice

Best New Actor
José Mota, As Luck Would Have It
* Jan Cornet, The Skin I Live In
Adrián Lastra, Cousins
Marc Clotet, The Sleeping Voice

Best New Actress
* María León, The Sleeping Voice
Blanca Suárez, The Skin I Live In
Michelle Jener, No tengas miedo
Alba García, Verbo

Best Animated Feature
* Arrugas / Wrinkles by Ignacio Ferreras
Carthago Nova
Papá, soy una zombi
The Little Wizard

Best Documentary Feature
30 años de oscuridad
El cuaderno de barro
* Escuchando al juez Garzón / Listening to Judge Garzón by Isabel Coixet
Morente

Best Spanish Fiction Short
* El barco pirata
Matar a un niño
El premio

Meine Liebe

Best Animated Short
Ella
Quién aguanta más
* Birdboy
Rosa

Best Documentary Short
Alma
Nuevos tempos
* Regreso a Viridiana
Virgen negra

Salma Hayek/José Mota/As Luck Would Have It photo: Double Nickel Entertainment

Midnight in Paris Woody Allen Owen Wilson Rachel McAdams
Rachel McAdams, Owen Wilson, Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris

Woody Allen has been nominated for an astonishing 20 Writers Guild Awards, winning four times, each for Best Original Screenplay Annie Hall (with Marshall Brickman, 1977), Broadway Danny Rose (1984), Hannah and Her Sisters (1986), and Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989). The first movie starred Allen's muse of the '70s, Diane Keaton; the other three featured Allen's muse of the '80s and early '90s, Mia Farrow.

Though museless since his three efforts starring Scarlett Johansson, earlier this evening Allen won his fifth WGA Award for Best Original Screenplay for Midnight in Paris, a comedy-drama fantasy featuring Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard, Kathy Bates, Adrien Brody, and Michael Sheen, among others. Midnight in Paris is perhaps Allen's best-received film since Bullets Over Broadway (1994), and sold more tickets than any other Woody Allen movie since Hannah and Her Sisters 25 years ago.

The Best Adapted Screenplay winners were The Descendants' Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, and Jim Rash. Payne has won two previous WGA Awards, both shared with co-writer Jim Taylor: Election, which starred Matthew Broderick and Reese Witherspoon back in 1999, and Sideways, featuring Paul Giamatti and Thomas Haden Church in 2004. Additionally, Payne and Taylor were also nominated for the Jack Nicholson showcase About Schmidt (2002).

Starring George Clooney, The Descendants, which also won the ACE Eddie Award for Best Edited Feature Drama last night, is clearly the favorite for the Best Adapted Screenplay Academy Award. Midnight in Paris, however, will be competing with writer-director Michel Hazanavicius' The Artist – which, much like fellow Oscar nominees A Separation and Margin Call, had been ineligible for the WGA Award.

Considering that The Artist is the favorite for both the Best Picture and Best Director Oscars, it could be considered the favorite for Best Original Screenplay as well. Well, except for the fact that the Academy's highly sentimental members may opt to give Woody Allen – also in the running for Best Director – his first Academy Award since Hannah and Her Sisters a quarter of a century ago, when Allen won for his screenplay.

In other words, barring a miracle, the Best Original Screenplay Oscar will go to either Hazanavicius or Allen.

Allen, by the way, has been nominated for 15 Best Original Screenplay Academy Awards. Besides the aforementioned Hannah and Her Sisters, he also won for Annie Hall (1977). Allen's sole Best Director win was for Annie Hall, which was named Best Picture as well.

Back to WGA Awards: Other winners included Katie Galloway and Kelly Duane de la Vega for the documentary feature Better This World, about a couple of childhood friends imprisoned as “domestic terrorists” in the United States; David Seltzer's Cinema Verite, featuring the first American family on reality TV, in the Television - Longform Original category; and Peter Gould's Too Big to Fail, about the financial meltdown of 2008, in the Television - Longform Adapted category. Other TV winners were Modern Family, Breaking Bad, The Simpsons, and Homeland.

The Paul Selvin Award, “presented to that member whose script best embodies the spirit of the constitutional and civil rights and liberties,” went to The Help's adapter/director Tate Taylor.

Rachel McAdams, Owen Wilson, Woody Allen/Midnight in Paris photo: Roger Arpajou / Sony Pictures Classics

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

50/50, Written by Will Reiser; Summit Entertainment

Bridesmaids, Written by Annie Mumolo & Kristen Wiig; Universal Studios

* Midnight in Paris, Written by Woody Allen; Sony Pictures Classics

Win Win, Screenplay by Tom McCarthy; Story by Tom McCarthy & Joe Tiboni; Fox Searchlight

Young Adult, Written by Diablo Cody; Paramount Pictures

 

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

* The Descendants, Screenplay by Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash; Based on the novel by Kaui Hart Hemming; Fox Searchlight

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Screenplay by Steven Zaillian; Based on the novel by Stieg Larsson, originally published by Norstedts; Columbia Pictures

The Help, Screenplay by Tate Taylor; Based on the novel by Kathryn Stockett; DreamWorks Pictures

Hugo, Screenplay by John Logan; Based on the book The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick; Paramount Pictures

Moneyball, Screenplay by Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin; Story by Stan Chervin; Based on the book by Michael Lewis; Columbia Pictures

 

DOCUMENTARY SCREENPLAY

* Better This World, Written by Katie Galloway & Kelly Duane de la Vega; Loteria Films

If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front, Written by Marshall Curry and Matthew Hamachek; Oscilloscope Pictures

Nostalgia for the Light, Written by Patricio Guzmán; Icarus Films

Pina, Screenplay by Wim Wenders; Sundance Selects

Position Among the Stars, Script by Hetty Naaijkens-Retel Helmrich, Leonard Retel Helmrich; HBO Films

Senna, Written by Manish Pandey; Producers Distribution Agency

Melancholia Kirsten Dunst Lars von Trier
Kirsten Dunst in Lars von Trier's apocalyptic drama Melancholia

The Danish Film Critics Association's Bodil Pris winners will be announced on March 3.

Danske film / Best Danish Film
En familie / A Family, Pernille Fischer Christensen
SuperClásico, Ole Christian Madsen
Frit fald / Rebounce, Heidi Maria Faisst
Melancholia, Lars von Trier
Dirch / A Funny Man, Martin P. Zandvliet

Amerikanske film / Best American Film
Drive, Nicolas Winding Refn
Winter's Bone, Debra Granik
Black Swan, Darren Aronofsky
True Grit, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
The Tree of Life, Terrence Malick

Ikke-amerikanske film / Best Non-American Foreign Film
Another Year, Mike Leigh
Nader og Simin - en separation / A Separation, Asghar Farhadi
Om guder og mænd / Of Gods and Men, Xavier Beauvois
Oslo, 31. august, Joachim Trier
Kongens store tale / The King's Speech, Tom Hooper

Dokumentarfilm / Best Documentary
Testamentet, Christian Sønderby
Ambassadøren, Mads Brügger
Svend, Anne Regitze Wivel
½ Revolution, Karim El Hakim and Omar Shargawi
Præsidenten, Christoffer Guldbrandsen

Mandlig hovedrolle / Best Actor
Nikolaj Lie Kaas (Dirch / A Funny Man)
Jesper Christensen (En familie / A Family)
Anders W. Bertelsen (SuperClásico)

Kvindelig hovedrolle / Best Actress
Lena Maria Christensen (En familie / A Family)
Frederikke Dahl Hansen (Frit fald / Rebounce)
Kirsten Dunst (Melancholia)
Emma Sehested Høeg (Magi i luften / Love Is in the Air)

Mandlig birolle / Best Supporting Actor
Pilou Asbæk (En familie / A Family)
Kiefer Sutherland (Melancholia)
Lars Ranthe (Dirch / A Funny Man)
David Dencik (Værelse 304)
John Hurt (Melancholia)

Kvindelig birolle / Best Supporting Actress
Anne Louise Hassing (En familie / A Family)
Paprika Steen (SuperClásico)
Anne Sofie Espersen (Frit fald / Rebounce)
Charlotte Gainsbourg (Melancholia)
Charlotte Rampling (Melancholia)

Melancholia picture: Christian Geisnaes / Magnolia Pictures.

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