The incredible amount of nominations comes as no surprise. Volver -- about a deceased mother coming back to her homeland to resolve issues that she was unable to rectify during her life -- is yet another masterpiece by Almodóvar. The man really has a way with portraying humanity that I, as an audience member, eat up every time.
The competition at the Goyas is a stiff one. Almodóvar definitely isn't a shoe in for any particular win. One Spanish filmmaker -- Agustíne Díaz Yanes -- has received one more nomination than Almodóvar at the Goyas for his film Alatriste. This film is particularly important in Spain due to the production's extravagance. Pic is a portrayal of a former soldier who became a mercenary during Spain's 17th century imperial wars. Sounds interesting ... but I'm still dreaming for some wins for Almodóvar!
It certainly has been a great year for Almodóvar and the people involved in his film -- Penelope Cruz in particular. Her work in her native films is always exceptional and I'm glad people are finally taking notice. We'll find out in January how Almodóvar fares -- but win or lose, fourteen nominations is still a great honor to me.