Goya Awards: Antonio Banderas-Hosted Ceremony Prizes ‘The Girls’ as Best Picture

Pilar Palomero’s “The Girls,” a coming-of-age story and generational portrait of Spanish women who would now be in their 40s, swept an extraordinary 35th edition of Spain’s Goya Awards on Saturday, scooping best picture, new director, original screenplay and cinematography.Salvador Calvo won best director for the three-part, Africa-set drama “Adú,” a Netflix pick-up produced by Telecinco Cinema, Ikiru Films and La Terraza Films which proved one of Spain’s biggest box office hits of last year, earning €6.3 million ($7.6 million) at the Spanish box office, promoted to the hilt by Telecinco Cinema parent Mediaset España.Marking a milestone in his transition from Spanish heartthrob to character actor, Mario Casas won best actor for “No Matarás.” Patricia López Arnaíz took best actress for her role in “Ane is Missing” as a mother coming belatedly of age as she searches for her missing teen daughter who, she realizes, she knows very little about.

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