Pedro Almodovar's movie gained a massive 16 nominations ahead of the glitzy prizegiving, but lost out in several categories to cop drama No Rest for the Wicked, which won Best Film, Best Director for Enrique Urbizu, and Best original screenplay, while Jose Coronado trumped Banderas to take the Best Actor trophy.
The Skin I Live In, which won the Best Foreign Language Film prize at the recent British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards, triumphed in four categories.
Elena Anaya took the Best Actress trophy and Jan Cornet was named Best Breakthrough Actor, while the film also scooped awards for make-up and original music.
Oscar-tipped silent movie The Artist was also honoured at the ceremony in Madrid, winning the award for Best European Film.
The thriller will go up against No Rest for the Wicked, The Sleeping Voice, and Blackthorn for the coveted best film prize at Spain's equivalent of the Oscars on 19 February (12).
Almodovar is also competing in the best director category, while his lead stars Antonio Banderas and Elena Anaya are up for the top acting prizes.
Almodovar's nominations haul comes after he rejoined Spain's Film Academy last year (10) - he quit the institution in 2005 over repeated snubs.
His brother Agustin Almodovar, who produced The Skin I Live In, insists the filmmaker will be thrilled with the recognition, telling El Pais newspaper, "Pedro will be delighted with the news of so many nominations. The Academy has given us a generous welcome. It's like a big hug."
The Skin I Live In, based on the novel Tarantula by Thierry Jonquet, is also up for photography, editing, wardrobe, make-up, sound and special effects trophies, among others.
Yahoo! Movies today debuted the first full-length trailer for The Skin I Live In (La Piel Que Habito), the Pedro Almodovar thriller that delighted audiences at this year's Cannes Film Festival, earning such enthusiastic plaudits as "depraved," "demented," and "more outrageous and disturbing than you could have possibly imagined" from critics. The new clip, which is really just an extended version of the teaser trailer released in June with some helpful title cards added, offers a shudder-inducing array of images that hint at the exquisite horrors to come:
For all the unsettling images, it was the dude licking the screen that got me. I'll surely be greeting him in my nightmare tonight.
The Skin I Live In stars Antonio Banderas, Elena Anaya, and Marisa Paredes. It opens October 14, 2011.
Source: Yahoo! Movies
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The star appears alongside actress Elena Anaya in the Pedro Almodovar movie, about a tortured plastic surgeon who tests out his efforts with synthetic skin on a human volunteer.
But despite the serious nature of the movie, Banderas remained upbeat throughout the shoot and even played a few pranks on the cast and crew.
Anaya says, "He was very funny and in a good mood all the time. Sometimes if a filming period was long and tough and tiring, he never got tired or in a bad mood and that's very nice."
But the young Latina is refusing to go into detail about the kind of jokes Banderas would play on them, coyly insisting, "I can't say..."
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