While Americans were watching New York's football Giants upset the Patriots, in Spain a little arthouse film topped the frontrunner for the country's annual Goya Awards. A friend in Madrid wrote via Facebook late Sunday:
"The huge shock came with [best picture] and [best director]. "La Soledad," a small, art house film shot almost 50% in split screen, without much of a plot, and that didn't make a dime in theaters but was revered by critics won both, bringing its total tally to three (Including also best newcomer). This is the equivalent of Gus Van Sant's 'Gerry' beating 'Titanic' for best pic (Not quite, but close; maybe if 'Gerry' had gotten great reviews). But no, really: 'The Orphanage' sold 4 million tickets; La soledad, 30,000. It's one of the biggest, if not THE biggest, upset of all time at the Goyas."