Javier Bardem, “The Good Boss” top Spain’s 2022 Goya Awards

Fernando León de Aranoa’s The Good Boss capped a record 20 Spanish Academy Goya nominations by scoring best picture and actor for Javier Bardem at Saturday’s Goya prize ceremony, after being .hortlisted for the Academy Awards in the international feature film category,

Variety reports that the prizes marked both Leon and Bardem’s seventh Goya wins. Produced by El Reposado and The Mediapro Studio, and a workplace dramedy skewering the abuse of power practised by a seemingly benign factory owner, The Good Boss also won best director and original screenplay for León, as well as best score and editing.

Blanca Portillo beat out Parallel Mothers’ Oscar-nominated Penélope Cruz, thanks to Portillo’s powerful performance as Maixabel Lasa, the real life widow of former Basque Country governor Juan Mari Jauregui who agreed in 2011 to meet one of his ETA killers. Her forgiveness, and Portillo’s portrait, has touched a large nerve in Spain.

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