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Prison thriller picks up eight 'Spanish Oscars'

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Prison thriller picks up eight 'Spanish Oscars'


A hard-hitting prison drama has stolen the show at this year’s Goya awards – Spain’s answer to the Oscars.

Mutiny thriller ‘Cell 211’ scooped eight prizes including best picture, best director for Daniel Monzon and best actor for Luis Tosar.

But the behind bars blockbuster can’t boast the best actress gong. That honour went to a delighted Lola Duenas for her touching role in the love story “Me Too.”

Penelope Cruz missed out on a prize but made a big impression at the ceremony in Madrid, sitting next to her actor boyfriend Javier Bardem.

It is next stop the Oscars for Spanish-Argentine co-production ‘The Secret in Their Eyes.’ Shortlisted in the foreign language category across the Atlantic, it picked up the Goya for best Hispano-American Film.

A surprise guest was Pedro Almodovar, the internationally-acclaimed Spanish director. Having fallen out with the country’s Film Academy five years ago, he was given a suitably rapturous reception on his return.

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