Madrid, May 1 (EFE).- Argentina’s “El reino vacio” (The Kingdom) made good on the predictions on Sunday night and took home three of the six Platino Awards for which the series had been nominated at the ninth Madrid gala ceremony attended by entertainment leading lights, directors and producers from across the Spanish-speaking world.
The series won the awards for best series, best creator (Marcelo Piñeiro and Claudia Piñeiro) and best supporting actor (Joaquin Furriel). The original Argentine drama, which appears on Netflix, made its mark on the year’s great night for Ibero-American audiovisual arts, with almost all the key actors in the series appearing on the red carpet for photos prior to the ceremony at the IFEMA Palacio Municipal.
The series, a psychological thriller which tells how an evangelical pastor and candidate for the Argentine vice presidency must take the place of the assassinated presidential candidate, is currently in its second season, and beat out Chile’s “Isabel” and Mexico’s “Luis Miguel: La serie” and “Narcos: México.”
Meanwhile, “El buen patron” (The Good Boss) took six awards: best film, director, screenplay and actor (Javier Bardem), original music (Zeltia Montes) and editing (Vanessa Marimbert), having already shone at the Spanish Academy Goya Awards in February by winning six of the record 20 awards for which it had been nominated.
The Platino for best actress in a series went to Chilean Daniela Ramirez for her role in “Isabel,” in which she plays the writer Isabel Allende.
The best actor award went to Javier Camara for the political comedy series “Venga Juan,” in its third season and in which the Spaniard plays a corrupt and coarse, yet tender, politician.
The television Platinos were rounded out by recognizing Najwa Nimri for her role as Alicia Sierra, a policewoman in “La casa de papel,” now in its last season.
Javier Bardem won his third Platino for best actor for his role in “The Good Boss,” beating out fellow actors Eduard Fernandez (“Mediterraneo”), Luis Tosar (“Maixabel”) and Brazil’s Rodrigo Santoro for “7 Prisioneiros.”
Bardem dedicated the award to his mother, the late actress Pilar Bardem, and has now won Ibero-American film’s top trophy in each of its last three galas, taking the 2018 award for “Loving Pablo” and the prize in 2019 for “Todos lo saben.”
Pedro Almodovar’s best movie since “All About My Mother” – “Parallel Mothers” – took home three official prizes: with Aitana Sanchez-Gijon winning for best supporting actress, along with taking the best original music and art direction prizes for Alberto Iglesias and Antxon Gomez, respectively. The film also received the best picture and actress (Penelope Cruz) Audience Awards.
The Platino Awards are sponsored by Madrid-based EGEDA, the Spanish-speaking world’s biggest rights collection society, and the Federation of Ibero-American Film and Audiovisual Producers (Fipca).
The number of nominations for prizes has ranged from 701 in 2014 to 907 in 2019, and this year a total of 811 nominations were made in all the various categories.