Renowned US actress Sigourney Weaver was bestowed with the International Goya Award by the Spanish Film Academy, recognizing her remarkable career characterized by the portrayal of “independent, complex, and strong female characters.” Weaver, celebrated for her iconic role as Ellen Ripley in the “Alien” franchise, joins the esteemed company of Cate Blanchett and Juliette Binoche as only the third recipient of this prestigious honorary prize, established in 2022.
During the Goya Awards gala in Valladolid, Weaver, 74, addressed the star-studded audience, including luminaries like Penelope Cruz. Expressing her ongoing commitment to showcasing narratives centered around women, Weaver emphasized the strength of women in various unexpected ways throughout her impactful career.
Weaver took a moment to acknowledge Spanish actress Maria Luisa Sola, who has dubbed her in over 30 films, starting with “Alien.” Playfully suggesting that the talented actress who dubs her deserves recognition, Weaver quipped about the perceived improvement of her acting when dubbed in Spanish, eliciting applause from the audience.
The jury lauded Weaver’s versatility, charisma, and talent, spanning from dramatic roles such as her acclaimed portrayal of naturalist Dian Fossey in “Gorillas in the Mist” to more comedic ventures like “Ghostbusters.”
The evening’s standout film was “Society of the Snow,” a gripping depiction of the true story of the 1972 plane crash of a Uruguayan rugby team in the Andes, which clinched an impressive 12 awards at the ceremony.