It was, without a doubt, one of the most exciting and overwhelming moments of the night. Jesus Vidal He went out for the second time on stage at the Palace of Congresses and Exhibitions (Fibes) in Seville but this time he did not do it to present an award, he did it to collect the Goya for best new actor for his role as Marín in ‘Campeones’. Visibly moved, Vidal said that when he saw the award, three words had come to mind: “Inclusion, diversity and visibility.”
The actor, who has a visual disability although in Fesser’s film he has put himself in the shoes of a person with an intellectual disability, then made one of the longest speeches of the gala and joked with the academics by stating that “they don’t know what “what they have done by distinguishing an actor with a disability.” Applauded wildly by those present, Vidal said that it was a challenge to play a character like Marín since he came from the world of theater. “I have fallen in love with cinema and I hope that this idyll continues for many more years,” he said about it.
Vidal shared the award with his film companions – “Without your freshness, spontaneity and talent this would not have been possible,” he noted – but he reserved the best and most exciting of his dedications to his parents. “I would like to have a child like me to have parents like you”, he concluded, causing tears from part of the audience. By the way, the gala respected his words and, although they spent a lot of time thanking him, they did not put on the usual fanfare – the “chan chan chan”, which he would say later. Antonio de la Torre– to leave the stage.
But Vidal’s speech was not the only exciting moment of the night. Rosalía He had already warned that his performance was going to be “personal and risky.” And boy was she. The Catalan singer surprised everyone with the reinterpretation of a Los Chunguitos classic, ‘I stay with you’. And she stayed with everyone. Accompanied by the Catalan choir and by the producer of ‘El mal qué’, El Guincho, Rosalía changed the rhythm of the original song for a slower cadence that allowed her to show off her enormous vocal range. The staging, with Rosalía dressed in a red dress that stood out against a dark background with red lights, was spectacular.
Less mystical was the performance they performed on stage Amaia, Rozalen and Judith Neddermann and that started off in an uneventful way. Manu Guix was doing a short introduction on the piano, when Amaia came out on stage and cut the music short. She hadn’t played the clapperboard on the audio monitor she was wearing in her ear and she hadn’t been able to get in on time to sing, so they had to start from the beginning. They performed a song that united the four songs nominated for the Goya for best song and that finally ended up in the hands of Coque Malla for ‘Este es el momento’, from the film ‘Campeones’.
The humor of a former Minister of Culture
Beyond the musical performances, the gala had quite humorous moments. Silvia Abril – she was hilarious – and Andreu Buenafuente exploited their marital relationship and allowed themselves to dance to the sound of a batucada, present one of the awards practically in their underwear and star in the ‘exciting’ action film with which the gala began. Berto Romero and David Broncano, who awarded the prize for special effects suspended from the ceiling, also contributed their peculiar sense of humor, using improvisation above all – Romero dropped the envelope and Jose Coronado had to come out to read it. But less expected was the intervention of Maxim Huerta. The writer and former Minister of Culture came on stage to present one of the awards. And he did it with these words: «Don’t worry, you already know that I am brief. Long live humor, long live irony, long live culture and long live Spanish cinema! The audience could only laugh and applaud.