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‘Society of the Snow’ and ‘Robot Dreams’ Top 38th Goya Awards

J. A. Bayona’s harrowing 1972 Andean plane crash tale scored 13 statuettes across multiple categories, including ‘Best Film’ and ‘Best Special Effects;’ ‘Best Animation Film’ went to Pablo Berger’s ‘Robot Dreams.’

The 38th Goya Awards (Premios Goya), presented by the Academy of Cinematographic Arts and Sciences, were awarded at a gala ceremony this past Saturday, February 10. The annual event celebrates Spanish cinema and honors the best professionals in technical and creative specialties.

In visual effects, J. A. Bayona’s film The Society of the Snow nabbed Best Special Effects and Best Film, capturing 13 awards across multiple categories, including:

  • Best Film
  • Best Director - J. A. Bayona
  • Best Costume Design - Julio Suárez
  • Best Special Effects - Pau Costa, Félix Bergés and Laura Pedro
  • Best Makeup and Hairdressing - Ana López-Puigcerver, Belén López-Puigcerver and Montse Ribé
  • Best New Actor - Matías Recalt
  • Best Editing - Andrés Gil and Jaume Martí
  • Best Photography Direction - Pedro Luque
  • Best Sound - Jorge Adrados, Oriol Tarra, and Marc Orts
  • Best Art Direction - Alain Bainée
  • Best Production Direction - Margarita Huguet
  • Best Sound - Jorge Adrados, Oriol Tarra and Marc Orts
  • Best Original Music - Michael Giacchino

The Society of the Snow tells the harrowing tale of the 1972 Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571 crash in the Andes mountains, where only 29 of the 45 passengers survived the accident and spent 72 days stranded in the harsh, frozen terrain.

Animation awards:

Best Animation Film – Robot Dreams by Pablo Berger

Robot Dreams, based on a graphic novel by Sarah Varon, is set in New York City, sometime in the 1980s. In the film, a lonely dog spots a TV ad selling a robot companion and immediately orders it. After putting the robot together, the pooch and his new bud head out and explore the city, encountering life, music, companionship, and joy that had been missing from the dog’s life until then.

Best Animated Short - To Bird or Not to Bird by Martín Romero.

Check out a complete list of winners here

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Debbie Diamond Sarto is news editor at Animation World Network.