Almodóvar’s “The Skin I Live In” Scores a BAFTA Upset

Pedro Almodóvar has claimed his fifth BAFTA award, and he scored an upset in the process…

The 62-year-old Spanish director won the British film industry’s BAFTA award for Best Film Not in the English Language for his critically acclaimed film The Skin I Live In, which stars Antonio Banderas.

Pedro Almodovar

Almodóvar beat out the night’s favorite in the category, Iran’s The Separation.

This is Almodóvar’s third win for best film in a language other than English. He’d previousaly claimed the prize for All About My Mother in 2000 and Talk to Her in 2003.

The Skin I Live In Poster
Almodovar didn’t attend the ceremony on Sunday evening at London’s Royal Opera. Bollywood actor Anil Kapoor accepted the prize on his behalf, reading a gracious thank-you and acceptance message from the director.

The favorite in the best foreign language film category had been The Separation, which one the Golden Bear award in Berlin and a Golden Globe.