Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed tops Goya Awards

Filmmaker David Trueba’s Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed was the big winner at Spain’s Goya Awards on Sunday (09Feb14) after taking home six honours including Best Picture and Best Director. The comedy drama, about a real-life English teacher who used the music of the Beatles to motivate his students, also triumphed in the categories for Original Screenplay, Original Score, Lead Actor (Javier Camara) and Breakthrough Actress (Natalia de Molina).
Ironically, the Goya wins for Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed, which takes its title from the Fab Four’s hit song Strawberry Fields Forever, occurred on the 50th anniversary of the Let It Be hitmakers’ first ever U.S. TV gig on The Ed Sullivan Show.
The night wasn’t all about Trueba – Alex de la Iglesia’s Witching & B**ching garnered the most wins from the Spanish Film Academy bosses with eight accolades, mostly for technical achievements. Screen veteran Terele Pavez did, however, score the prize for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the film.
Meanwhile, the top actress honour was awarded to Marian Alvarez for her role in Wounded, while the drama’s director, Fernando Franco, earned the title for First-Time Filmmaker.
Daniel Sanchez Arevalo’s comedy Family United, which headed into the ceremony with 11 nominations, only won two awards – Best Supporting Actor for Roberto Alamo and Best Original Song.