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Vicky Luengo, during her acceptance speech for the award for best leading theater actress.
Vicky Luengo, throughout her acceptance speech for the award for greatest main theater actress.Juanjo Martín (EFE)

“We will not tolerate a single case of censorship. Art must be free (…) We will not tolerate any type of violence, aggression or abuse. From La Unión de Actores we will continue to advise and report, being of help to actresses and actors who suffer any abuse. Let's say clearly 'it's over'. With this forceful speech Silvia de Pé, general secretary of the Union of Actors and Actresses, welcomed last night the attendees to the annual awards gala of the main union of the union in Spain, held at the Circo Price theater in Madrid. “Art must be free. Our work consists of giving life to all people and all realities,” De Pé burdened. Looking to the longer term, the final secretary additionally wished to clarify the group's subsequent goal: “This year we have to achieve a new agreement for the audiovisual sector that allows us to adapt the standards to the reality of production. This change is not limited to audiovisual, in theater we are achieving important changes.”

The ceremony, directed by playwright Félix Estaire and offered by actors Arantxa Aranguren, Stephanie Gil and Juan Messeguer, was festive but in addition vindictive. The struggle in Gaza was on the lips of just about all of the winners and lots of additionally took the chance to recollect the precarious situations below which they typically have to hold out their work. Sexist abuses additionally featured in some speeches, comparable to that of Vicky Luengo, winner of the award for greatest theater actress for First Face, who devoted the award to “actresses who have suffered abuse and have not been able to raise their voices.” Also throughout the presentation of the particular Women in Union-Pilar Bardem award to 'the actresses who modified the language of cinema in Spain', a tribute to the work of the actresses who had been decisive for the political, social and ideological change of the language of cinema in Spain over the past years of Francoism and the Transition.

Family photograph of the winners at the Union of Actors and Actresses awards gala.
Family {photograph} of the winners on the Union of Actors and Actresses awards gala.Juanjo Martín (EFE)

Among essentially the most awarded titles of the evening is Chinas, within the movie class, which gained the award for greatest supporting actress (Yeju Ji) and two within the revelation class (Julio Hu Chen and Xinyi Ye). On tv, the sequence The Messiah she gained two awards, greatest main actress (Lola Dueñas) and greatest supporting actress (Gracia Olayo); little religion she took two within the classes of greatest supporting actress (Pilar Gómez) and greatest supporting actor (Jorge Basanta). The life is dream, in theater, he gained two others: Alfredo Noval as greatest main actor and Ernesto Arias, as greatest supporting actor.

The lifetime achievement award went to Gemma Cuervo, which acknowledges the actress' lengthy profession on stage, her dedication, dedication and keenness throughout a life devoted to performing. “Thank you dear companions, may we always be that: united companions (…) I adore you because together we make culture, together we save the theater. “I am so happy being an actress, on a board or on a stage,” she stated.

Another tribute went to the American union SAG-AFTRA, organizer of the actors' strike that stopped Hollywood for 118 days final 12 months, to whom the Actors and Actresses Union granted one other particular award for its work in defending the rights of the inventive neighborhood. Duncan Crabtree-Ireland, nationwide govt director and chief negotiator of SAG-AFTRA, stated when he went as much as gather the award: “Last year saw one of the toughest battles our industry has ever faced (…) and we were able to unite and say 'enough'. “Our strike actions rewrote the rules on how technology and artificial intelligence can be achieved.”

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