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Academy of Arts and Cinematographic Sciences of Spain named Goya the Spanish Oscar or César awards because Goya was a short name, apart from being a world-renowned painter and representative in the Spanish culture.

The day that the name was proposed in Assembly, there was controversy, settled, according to the Academy itself has written on its website, by the artistic decorator and film-maker Ramiro Gómez:

“Gómez – Academy says –, reminded the audience Goya had had a pictorial concept close to the cinema and that several of his most representative works had almost a sequential treatment.

Award-winning Spanish film-maker, Carlos Saura, shares this opinion: “I have no doubt that if Goya were to live today he would be a film-maker,” he writes on the official website of the Spanish Film Academy and about Goya, he adds:

“He was a creative and powerful film-maker before he invented cinema, which is why nothing more accurate than calling Goya to our Academy Awards”

The prize that annually awards the Film Academy is a bronze bust representing the Aragonese Spanish painter modelled by the sculptor José Luis Fernández, although the first statuette that was delivered was the work by the sculptor Miguel Ortiz Berrocal.

The first statue, removable, combined the bust of the painter Francisco de Goya with a cinematographic camera.

The Academy of Arts and Cinematographic Sciences of Spain was created on January 8, 1986 by a group of film professionals, concerned about the future of the sector.

The first steps, according to the official history of the Academy, were given by Luis García Berlanga and Carlos Saura, the production managers Marisol Carnicero and Tedy Villalba, the actors José Sacristán and Charo López, the film editors Pablo González del Amo and José Luis Matesanz, the scriptwriter Manuel Matji, the musician José Nieto, the director of photography Carlos Suárez and the decorator Ramiro Gómez.

The positions for president and vice-presidents, which form a single candidacy, are elected for a term of three years, and until now these have exercised their mandate: José María González Sinde (1986-1988); Fernando Trueba (1988); Antonio Giménez Rico (1988-1992); Fernando Rey (1992-1994); Gerardo Herrero (1994); José Luis Borau (1994-1998); Aitana Sánchez-Gijón (1998-2000); Marisa Paredes (2000-2003); Mercedes Sampietro (2003-2006); Ángeles González-Sinde (2006-2009); Eduardo Campoy (2009); Álex de la Iglesia, (2009-2011); Enrique González Macho, (2011-2015); Antonio Resines, (2015-2016); and Yvonne Blake, current president. (February 2, 2018, EFE/Practica Español)

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Question 1
La noticia habla…
de lo que sabe la gente sobre los Premios Goya.
del origen del nombre de un premio cinematográfico.
de la reciente creación de un premio cinematográfico.
Question 2
Los premios de la Academia de las Artes y las Ciencias Cinematográficas de España...
llevan el nombre de un pintor más famoso que Goya.
llevan el nombre de un conocido pintor.
llevan el nombre de un pintor francés.
Question 3
Según el texto, llamaron ‘Goya’ a los premios…
porque consideran a ese pintor como el ‘primer cineasta’ y su nombre no es largo.
solo porque el nombre del pintor es muy corto.
porque es un pintor menos famoso que 'Velázquez'.
Question 4
En la noticia se dice que la Academia…
asevera que ya se hacían películas de cine en la época de Goya.
descarta que Goya pueda tener algún tipo de relación con el cine.
considera que Goya está muy relacionado con el cine.
Question 5
Los premios Goya se entregan cada año.
Es verdad.
Es mentira.
No se sabe.
Question 6
En el contexto de la noticia, se llama ‘estatuilla’…
al premio que se da al ganador.
a una estatua de grandes dimensiones.
a una persona de poca estatura.
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