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Goya Awards 2011: Sinde Law Controversy, Jorge Drexler Sings, Jimmy Jump Crashes Party

Álex de la Iglesia Unlike the staid BAFTA ceremony held in London earlier this evening, the Spanish Academy's 25th Goya Awards ceremony held at Madrid's Teatro Real was anything but staid. In fact, the excitement began days before the ceremony, when Spanish Academy president Álex de la Iglesia, whose A Sad Trumpet Ballad was in the running with fifteen nominations, including Best Film and Best Director, announced he would step down the day after the ceremony. De la Iglesia was irked by former Spanish Academy president and current minister of culture Ángeles González-Sinde, whose anti-piracy law has been seen by many as a direct attack on Internet neutrality and a response to American pressure (according to WikiLeaks cables). While celebrities were walking the red carpet outside the Teatro Real, protesters greeted González-Sinde with loud boos. Eventual Best Actor winner Javier Bardem (for Biutiful) also received his share of boos after
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Watch Goya Awards Online – Live Streaming: Sinde Law / WikiLeaks Controversy

Assumpta Serna: Viva Wikileaks Today we've got the British Academy Awards, the American Society of Cinematographers Awards and the Spanish Academy Awards. You can watch live streaming online of the Goya Awards (that's the Spanish Academy's trophy) from Madrid's Teatro Real at Rtve.es. (British Academy, why don't you do the same next year instead of this year's absurd two-hour tape delay?) Protesters against Spain's new anti-piracy law are outside the theater. Right-wingers in the United States may call Wikileaks a "terrorist" organization, but many around the world think otherwise. Thanks to Wikileaks, Spaniards found out that their new anti-piracy law proposed by Minister of Culture Ángeles González Sinde was apparently a result of pressure from the Us government, itself working as an agent for the Hollywood majors and the top record labels. Many have seen the Sinde Law not as an attack on piracy, but as an attack on the Free Internet.
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Spain's Head of Film Icaa Dismissed - No Reason Given

Ignasi Gardans, Director General of Icaa, the highest post at the Spanish film industry’s main public institution was officially dismissed on October 22, 2010 before the Council of Ministers by Culture Minister Ángeles González Sinde. No official reasons have been given for this decision, which has taken almost the whole sector by surprise, although everything seems to point to personal disagreements. His successor in the role will be Carlos Cuadros, until now head of the Film Academy. Ignasi Gardans Incaa Director General Guardans’s strong personality (see interview) and reforming spirit earned him many opponents within a sector that has resisted…
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Spain finds that film piracy is a hard habit to break

Unauthorised downloading so rife that Hollywood warns of future devoid of DVDs

It has been the setting for many a spaghetti western, but now Hollywood has warned that Spain could be facing high noon over its appalling record of movie piracy, with a future devoid of DVDs.

The unauthorised downloading of films from the internet is so rife, with film-makers complaining that a legal void makes people think movies are free, that Spain could become the first European country to be abandoned by Hollywood studios.

"People are downloading movies in such large quantities that Spain is on the brink of no longer being a viable home entertainment market for us," Michael Lynton, chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment, told the Los Angeles Times.

Sony's threat, which affects DVDs but not cinemas, would put Spain on a par with South Korea, which most studios have abandoned because of a similar free-for-all internet culture.
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