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The Good Boss wins six including Best Picture at this year's Goya Awards

The Good Boss wins six including Best Picture at this year's Goya Awards
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By Mark Armstrong

The Spanish Film Academy celebrated the 36th Goya Awards in Valencia on Saturday, where one particular film was a clear favourite because of its record number of nominations.

El Buen Patrón or The Good Boss, the ceremony's most nominated film ever with 20, won six of them -- including best actor for Javier Bardem, who paid tribute to his wife Penelope Cruz, who was in the audience.

"I want to dedicate this award to Penelope who is the woman I love, respect, admire and celebrate every day," Bardem said in his acceptance speech.

The film also scooped up the award for best director and screenplay for Fernando León de Aranoa and the overall award for best film.

This also saw a new prize -- the International Goya -- go to Australian actress Cate Blanchett, presented to her by Penelope Cruz and Spanish film director Pedro Almodóvar. 

In her speech, Blanchett paid tribute to Spanish cinema and praised its efforts to make films despite the pandemic.

The best European Film Goya went to Another Round by Thomas Vinterberg (Denmark), while the best Ibero-American film Goya went to Patricio Guzman's The Mountain Range of Dreams (Chile).

A complete list of winners can be found on theGoyas website.