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.
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.
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.