Sigourney Weaver honoured at Spain’s Goya Awards

Feb 11, 2024


American actress Sigourney Weaver receives the International Goya Award during the 38th Goya Awards ceremony in Valladolid, Spain.

American actress Sigourney Weaver receives the International Goya Award during the 38th Goya Awards ceremony in Valladolid, Spain. Photo Credit: Jose Oliva

Sigourney Weaver won the Spanish Film Academy's International Goya Award on Saturday in recognition of her impressive career, during which she brought “independent, complex and strong female characters” to life.

The 74-year-old, best known for playing Ellen Ripley in the “Alien” franchise, is only the third recipient of the honorary award, which has been presented to Cate Blanchett and Juliette Binoche since its creation in 2022.

“[I'm]always looking for stories about and for women, to remind us… of how powerful women are in all kinds of amazing ways,” Weaver said at the Goya Awards in the northwest city. told the star-studded audience at the ceremony. Valladolid, which included Hollywood fixtures such as Penelope Cruz.

Penelope Cruz and Pedro Almodovar attend the Spanish Film Academy's Goya Awards ceremony in Valladolid, Spain.

Penelope Cruz and Pedro Almodovar attend the Spanish Film Academy's Goya Awards ceremony in Valladolid, Spain | Photo credit: Ana Beltran

Weaver also paid tribute to Spanish actress María Luisa Solá, who has dubbed for him in over 30 films. Foreigner.

“The excellent actress who dubbed me should also be here,” he said amid thunderous applause from the audience. He joked that his acting was much better dubbed in Spanish.

The jury praised Weaver's versatility, charisma and talent, displayed in roles ranging from dramatic to her acclaimed portrayal of naturalist Dian Fossey in “Gorillas in the Mist” to more comedic roles such as “Ghostbusters.”

Director JA Bayona reacts while receiving the Best Film award for 'Society of the Snow' during the Spanish Film Academy's Goya Awards ceremony in Valladolid, Spain.

Director JA Bayona reacts while receiving the Best Film award for 'Society of the Snow' during the Spanish Film Academy's Goya Awards ceremony in Valladolid, Spain. Photo credit: Ana Beltran

“Society of the Snow,” which tells the true story of the plane crash of the Uruguayan rugby team in the Andes in 1972, was the big winner of the evening, taking home 12 awards.

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