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Almodovar leads race for Spain's Goya movie awards

Director Pedro Almodovar up for 16 gongs for The Skin I Live In
Pedro Almodovar up for 16 gongs at Spain's Goya Awards
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Gay director Pedro Almodovar looks set to walk away with a handful of gongs at this year's Goya Awards, after receiving 16 nominations for The Skin I Live In.

The twisted thriller, which explores sexuality and body horror, will go up against No Rest for the Wicked, The Sleeping Voice and Blackthorn for the coveted best film prize at the country's equivilent of the Oscars on February 19.

Almodovar is up for best director, while the film's stars, Antonio Banderas and Elena Anaya, are both nominated for acting awards.

The director's brother Agustin Almodovar, who produced The Skin I Live In, told El Pais newspaper the acclaimed filmmaker will be thrilled with the recognition.

He said: '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'

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