The Good Boss, the film by Fernando Leon de Aranoa in which Javier Bardem plays an unscrupulous employer, was the big winner at the 2022 Goya Film Awards.
The ceremony was held again in person after it had to be held remotely in 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the winners received their awards at home.
The Good Boss (El Buen Patron, in Spanish) was the great favorite, with 20 nominations to collect statues, of which in the end it achieved six: best film, best director, best original screenplay, best editing, best music and best leading actor, an award that went to international star Javier Bardem.
Bardem especially thanked his wife Penelope Cruz for the award: "She is the woman I love, respect, admire and celebrate every day," he said.
Maixabel, the Basque production directed by Iciar Bollain about the reunion of the widow of a victim of the terrorist group ETA with the murderer of her husband, won three awards: best actress (Blanca Portillo), best supporting actor (Urko Olazabal) and best newcomer actress (Maria Cerezuela).
The Laws of the Border (Las Leyes de la Frontera), a film directed by Daniel Monzón as a tribute to thug cinema and based on a novel by the writer Javier Cercas, won five Goyas, including best Newcomer Actor for Chechu Salgado and the adapted script.
Mediterraneo, a film that shows the drama of immigration, took the same number of awards.
Pedro Almodovar's Parallel Mothers (Madres Paralelas), the Spanish film with the most international awards recently, was the big loser of the night. It did not win any awards, despite its eight nominations, including Penelope Cruz for best leading actress, which Blanca Portillo won.