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The GDA Foundation Film Actors Award is back to face-to-face format, after a year of interruption due to the Covid-19 pandemic. In addition to the artists who will be awarded this year, the work of the nine actors and actresses awarded remotely last year will also be honored. The 14th edition of this award, which pays public tribute to the acting work of Portuguese actors – and whose annual juries are exclusively composed of actors – will take place on December 7th at Teatro da Trindade, in Lisbon.
The ceremony will be preceded by the “Journeys for the Actor“, comprising actions to approach the audiovisual world and a session of the #makethemost initiative – European Funds for Arts and Culture, explaining how actors, directors, and producers can get together. apply for available support, on a day dedicated exclusively to the work and artistic merit of Portuguese actors and actresses.
“This year we happily return to the in-person celebration, a sign that we are returning to normality and the return to cultural initiatives that already have a public”, says Mário Carneiro, director-general of the GDA Foundation. “We make a point of honoring, not only the winners of this edition but also those who last year did not have the opportunity to be honored in a public ceremony.” Last year, not having the possibility of holding the awards ceremony in person, the GDA decided to award three awards for each category, instead of one, as usual.
“The appreciation of the work of Portuguese actors is all the more important as Portuguese cinema, which has, in recent years, obtained increasing international recognition for its quality”, says Mário Carneiro. “After major awards for films at festivals such as Venice, Locarno, Hamburg, San Sebastian, Chicago or Tokyo, among others, it will now be GDA’s turn to specifically distinguish the work of actors who participate in them”.
GDA – Artists’ Rights Management is the entity in Portugal that manages the intellectual property rights of musicians, actors and dancers. The GDA Foundation is your instrument to value the work of artists and promote their human and cultural development and social protection.
The GDA Foundation Film Actors Award comprises three categories: Best Actor/Principal Actress, Best Supporting Actor/Actress, and New Talent, which correspond to pecuniary prizes of €3,000, €2,000 and €1,000, respectively. This year, the awards ceremony will be presented by actor Pedro Inês.
One of the distinguishing features of this award is that it is recognized among peers: they are performance awards awarded to actors by actors. Almeno Gonçalves, Luísa Cruz and Teresa Faria are the judges who are part of the panel of this edition, and they are responsible for evaluating the interpretation of colleagues in the analyzed works: Portuguese feature films, fiction, commercially premiered in theaters between January 1st and December 31st of the year 2020.