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Film featuring disabled actors wins Spain's top Goya award

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Spanish director Rodrigo Sorogoyen celebrates his Goya award as best director for the film

MADRID (AP) — The film "Campeones" ("Champions"), a comedy about a basketball team featuring actors with mental disabilities, won best picture at the Spanish Film Academy's Goya Awards.

Directed by Javier Fesser, "Campeones" took the top prize at the gala that ended early Sunday morning in Seville, while the dark thriller "El reino" ("The Kingdom") was the night's big winner, sweeping up seven awards.

The Goya for best new actor went to Jesus Vidal, who has a visual disability, for his role in "Campeones."

"You have recognized an actor with a disability. You don't know what you have done. Three words come to mind: inclusion, fun and visibility," Vidal told the audience.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez congratulated the winners, above all Vidal, on social media. Sanchez said Vidal's acceptance speech was "unforgettable."

"El reino," a dive into the murky realm of corruption in Spain, earned Rodrigo Sorogoyen the best director award. It also won best screenplay and best actor for Antonio de la Torre.

Sorogoyen will compete at this year's Oscar Awards in the category of best short film with "Madre" ("Mother").

Alfonso Cuaron's "Roma" won the best Spanish-language film made from outside Spain, while Pawel Pawlikowski's "Cold War" won for best European film.

The annual Goya Awards are Spain's version of the Oscars, honoring excellence in filmmaking for full-length features, shorts, animated films and documentaries. Members of the Spanish Film Academy are eligible to vote.

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Spanish actress Susi Sanchez celebrates her Goya award as best leading actress for the film
Spanish actress Susi Sanchez celebrates her Goya award as best leading actress for the film
Spanish actor Antonio de la Torre celebrates his Goya award as Best Leading Actor for the film
Actor Luis Zahera celebrates his Goya award as best supporting actor for his role in
Actor Luis Zahera celebrates his Goya award as best supporting actor for his role in
Actor Jesus Vidal celebrates his Goya award as best emerging actor for
Actor Jesus Vidal celebrates his Goya award as best emerging actor for
Spanish director Javier Fesser, centre, next to the producers and actors of
Spanish actor Luis Zahera poses for photographers on the red carpet ahead of the Goya Film Awards Ceremony in Seville, Spain, Saturday Feb. 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Laura Leon)
Spanish director Javier Fesser, centre, next to the producers and actors of
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Actor Jesus Vidal celebrates his Goya award as best emerging actor for
Actor Jesus Vidal celebrates his Goya award as best emerging actor for "Campeones" during the Goya Film Awards Ceremony in Seville, Spain, Saturday Feb. 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Laura Leon)
Spanish film director Arantxa Echevarría celebrates her Goya award as best newcomer director for her film
Spanish film director Arantxa Echevarría celebrates her Goya award as best newcomer director for her film "Carmen y Lola" during the Goya Film Awards Ceremony in Seville, Spain, Saturday Feb. 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Laura Leon)
Spanish director Javier Fesser, centre, next to the producers and actors of
Spanish director Javier Fesser, centre, next to the producers and actors of "Campeones" film, celebrate their Goya award as Best Movie during the Goya Film Awards Ceremony in Seville, Spain, Saturday Feb. 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Laura Leon)
Spanish actress Susi Sanchez celebrates her Goya award as best leading actress for the film
Spanish actress Susi Sanchez celebrates her Goya award as best leading actress for the film "La enfermedad del domingo" during the Goya Film Awards Ceremony in Seville, Spain, Saturday Feb. 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Laura Leon)
Spanish actor Luis Zahera poses for photographers on the red carpet ahead of the Goya Film Awards Ceremony in Seville, Spain, Saturday Feb. 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Laura Leon)
Spanish actor Luis Zahera poses for photographers on the red carpet ahead of the Goya Film Awards Ceremony in Seville, Spain, Saturday Feb. 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Laura Leon)
Actor Luis Zahera celebrates his Goya award as best supporting actor for his role in
Actor Luis Zahera celebrates his Goya award as best supporting actor for his role in "El Reino", during the Goya Film Awards Ceremony in Seville, Spain, Saturday Feb. 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Laura Leon)
Spanish actor Antonio de la Torre celebrates his Goya award as Best Leading Actor for the film
Spanish actor Antonio de la Torre celebrates his Goya award as Best Leading Actor for the film "El Reino" during the Goya Film Awards Ceremony in Seville, Spain, Saturday Feb. 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Laura Leon)
Spanish director Javier Fesser, centre, next to the producers and actors of
Spanish director Javier Fesser, centre, next to the producers and actors of "Campeones" film, celebrate their Goya award as Best Movie during the Goya Film Awards Ceremony in Seville, Spain, Saturday Feb. 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Laura Leon)
Actor Luis Zahera celebrates his Goya award as best supporting actor for his role in
Actor Luis Zahera celebrates his Goya award as best supporting actor for his role in "El Reino", during the Goya Film Awards Ceremony in Seville, Spain, Saturday Feb. 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Laura Leon)
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Actor Jesus Vidal celebrates his Goya award as best emerging actor for
Actor Jesus Vidal celebrates his Goya award as best emerging actor for "Campeones", during the Goya Film Awards Ceremony in Seville, Spain, Saturday Feb. 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Laura Leon)
Spanish director Rodrigo Sorogoyen celebrates his Goya award as best director for the film
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Spanish actress Susi Sanchez celebrates her Goya award as best leading actress for the film
Spanish actress Susi Sanchez celebrates her Goya award as best leading actress for the film "La enfermedad del domingo" during the Goya Film Awards Ceremony in Seville, Spain, Saturday Feb. 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Laura Leon)