The delivery of the Authors Awards was to take place last March, at the Centro Cultural de Belém, in Lisbon, but the limitations imposed by the response to the pandemic prevented its realization, although the jury did its job and carried out the choices made public today.
The awards cross different artistic areas, from television and film production, to dance, music and theater.
In literature, the writers Alberto Pimenta and Cláudia Andrade were distinguished with the Authors of Poetry and Narrative Fiction awards, respectively: Pimenta, for the book “Zombo“, published by Edições do Saguão, and Cláudia Andrade, for the short stories of “Quarters of Final and Other Stories“, edited by Elsinore.
The writers, playwrights and stage directors Inês Barahona and Miguel Fragata, with illustrator Mariana Malhão, won the prize for Best Children’s Book, for “Ciclone — Diário de Uma Montanha Russa“, by Orfeu Negro.
On television, “Armário“, by Joana Barrios, Rita Rolex and Joana Cunha Ferreira, directed by André Godinho and produced by Maria João Mayer, was chosen as the Best Entertainment Program.
The series “Sul“, by Ivo M. Ferreira, with Edgar Medina and Guilherme Mendonça, produced by Arquipélago Filmes, was elected Best Fiction Program, and the SIC report “Plastico Nosso de Cada Dia”, by Carla Castelo and João Venda, with Marco Carrasqueira and Tiago Gonçalves and Isabel Cruz, Best Information Program.
The Best Radio Program Award went to “Uma Questão de DNA“, by Teresa Dias Mendes, from TSF.
“Mistery of Culture”, by David Marques, won the Dance Award – Best Choreography.
In Visual Arts, in addition to the distinction given to Mário Cruz, Carlos Bunga‘s “The Architecture os Life” was chosen as the Best Exhibition at the Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology in Lisbon.
Still in Visual Arts, José Manuel Castanheira‘s conception for the show “Reinar Depois de Morrer”, by Luis Vélez de Guevara, received a prize for Best Scenography, a coproduction by Companhia de Teatro de Almada with the Compañia Nacional de Teatro Classic de España .
The Best Theater Show, for its part, was for “Tio Vânia”, by Chekhov, a staging by Bruno Bravo, for the Primeiros Sintomas Company, which also gave Paulo Pinto the award for Best Actor.
In the Theater area, Bárbara Branco won the Best Actress category, for her performance in “Lulu“, by Frank Wedekind, under the direction of Carlos Avilez, and the “Turma de 95“, which Raquel Castro put on stage at Teatro do Bairro Alto, in Lisbon, and at the Teatro Nacional São João, in Porto, received the Best Portuguese Text Award on stage.
In cinema, “Vitalina Varela” gave director Pedro Costa the prize for Best Film; “Variações” gave João Maia the prize for Best Screenplay, and Sérgio Praia, for Best Actor, while Margarida Vila-Nova was distinguished as Best Actress for “Hotel Império”.
The album “Respeitosa Mente”, by Ricardo Ribeiro, was elected the Best Work of Popular Music, while “Guitarras“, by Miramar, won the prize for Best Theme.
The Sonata for violin and piano, by Pedro Faria Gomes, was distinguished as the best work in Música Erudita.
As for the announcement of the winners of the Pedro Osório, José da Ponte, Churches Caeiro and Cultural Journalism awards, it is promised for the beginning of next year, with the delivery of medals of honor scheduled for May 22, Portuguese Author’s Day.